Master and slave


by Albert Brenner

It is always so amusing to witness the blatant hypocrisy on display when (the) Slave becomes Master. The Enlightenment philosopher Friedrich Hegel`s masterful little piece, the Master-Slave dialectic, has been the fons et origo of all the various discourses by the Other to claim/gain power.

From Simone de Beauvoir`s First Wave Feminism, Frantz Fanon’s Black Consciousness Movement to the modern Gay and Lesbian Movement, all call on Hegel. It was even the inspiration behind Francis Fukuyama’s rather dull neo-liberal utopianism in his international best-seller The End of History and the Last Man. It is rather trite, but it needs elucidation… especially if one wants to understand the pseudo-intellectual madness underpinning Mandelatopia.

According to Hegel, the Slave first becomes just like the (hated) Master s/he has overthrown. I.e. the former institutes the exact same regime that supported the latter. In subsequent stages, the consciousness of these two antagonists are suppose to fuse – bringing about a “higher plane of Reality” through the synthesis of the thesis (i.e. The Master) and the antithesis (i.e. The Slave).

It suffices to say that this synthesis has never happened. Hegel was a typical German idealist… always dreaming of Utopia. Yet, his dialectic, in itself, exists – and is evident in many spheres of reality, e.g. Anthony Giddens’s Third Way (socialism), as a synthesis between capitalism and communism. As to Hegel’s overt utopianism; Sir Karl Popper dealt it the death-blow with his fantastic book The Poverty of Historicism.

Be that as it may; we can clearly see that the new Master of South Africa, the ANC/SACP/COSATU alliance, has instituted the exact same discriminatory regime as the old NP Apartheid government. Affirmative action, Black Economic Empowerment, race quotas in sport teams, race quotas at universities, et cetera, are the hallmarks of the new Master’s claim to the moral high ground. Like Master, like Slave.

In order to legitimise his/her overt discriminatory regime – the exact same overt discriminatory regime the (hitherto Slave) fought against – s/he must couch it in terms and concepts that deny his/her blatant inherent hypocrisy.

Sigmund Freud sees the above need as a form of guilt assuagement; in terms of the Oedipus recriminations experienced by the Brother Clan once they have killed the Great Patriarch (nudge nudge, Groot Krokodil PW Botha). I mean seriously, one ought to feel guilty, especially as an academic, when one (morally) justifies a regime that is exactly the same as the one that was overthrown… in the name of freeing the oppressed from the oppressor!

The above guilt assuagement in Mandelatopia comes in three forms. Firstly; “re-dressing the wrongs of the past”. The silliness of such an endeavour is obvious. How can one, for example, accurately weigh what needs to be “re-dressed” when the scales were not even to start off with. Blacks in South Africa do have a “default burden”, to borrow a term from artist and activist Steve Hofmeyer. It is a fact that they were pretty much pre-Neolithic in culture till recently. Add to this a (black) population that doubles in size every 30 years then it is physically impossible to “re-dress” anything, even in a remotely fair and just manner.

The second form of guilt assuagement is “healing the wounds of the past”. This nonsense even outshines Scientology… for one can only heal something that was healed in the first place. Never in the history of South Africa has there ever been a “healed” body (politic). The Boers fought the Brits, the Brits fought the Zulus, the Zulus the Shangaans, the Brits the Zulus, et cetera, et cetera. Meaning that endeavouring to “heal” something that was not “whole/healed” in the first place is physically impossible and intellectually dishonest, to say the least.

The third form of guilt assuagement is (the) propagation of, and adherence to, “Whiteness Studies” theory. This has become the intellectual instrument of choice of anti-Afrikaner Afrikaner academics like Piet Croucamp, Anton van Niekerk, Christi van der Westhuizen, Amanda Gouws, et cetera.

It suffices to say that this pseudo-intellectual guano is just a feel-good academic disguise for stripping the (heterosexual) Pale Male of his power… as called for by the father of this nonsense, Noel Ignatiev. His call to “abolish the white race” is nothing but a call for the Master (the heterosexual Pale Male) to be killed by the Slave (the Other), globally.

Okay, enough theory; let us examine how Hegel and Freud’s theories work in practice. Enter the half-wit, Dr Piet Croucamp. Peester Piet (henceforth, PP) first rose to prominence when he threw his lot in with the (hitherto) Slave during a speech by Mandela at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991. According to an article (see picture, click to enlarge) in the Vrye Weekblad of Max du Preez (a useful idiot of George Soros), PP had brawled with some “right-wing” students because they were being “intolerant”.


Find below a translation of the most important parts of this article, titled “I cannot tolerate intolerance”:
  1. “But I get seriously pissed off when people are intolerant…when people don`t want to listen and just pay attention to their own boring rhetoric.”
  2. “I do not have specific political views and beliefs. It is just that I cannot tolerate intolerance. Here it concerns the nice old classic Socratic idea of (an) open-ended debate.”
  3. “I would have hit lefties as well if they had screamed down speakers and displayed such intolerance. It is, at the end of the day, (the) participation that counts – whether somebody is a fascist, a racist or a liberal, is irrelevant.”

Now, what tolerance, in terms of his much-professed “open-ended Socratic style of debate”, did PP display towards Dr Louise Mabille when she published her article, Die vreemde veraad van feministe teenoor die Weste, on Praag? What “participation” did he allow her… given the fact that he said even “racists” must be allowed to “say their say” without hindrance? Why did he not hit himself, seeing that he had said he would hit “lefties” as well if they displayed such intolerance?

The answer to all these questions can be summed up in one sentence. PP is the Master now… and the Master, by his/her very nature, is always intolerant! Like, for example, the previous regime’s use of state coercion to silence Steve Biko, so PP used the power of state instruments (in this case, the UP senate and SAHRC) to silence Dr Mabille… even before she had the opportunity to “say her say”!

That PP, is too dumb to understand that he has become that hated Master he so loathed as (champion of the) Slave way back then, must be due to the fact that he did his doctorate in minbus-taxi berths, or something equally academically frivolous.

piet 2And not only is PP intellectually under-endowed, he is also a lying sack of guano. He lied in public when he said that Dr Mabille wrote that blacks had a genetic “inclination” to commit baby rape. She said no such thing! She said it was a cultural phenomenon among black ethnic groups. This is an empirical fact confirmed by leading medical professionalstop ANC leaders, black social workerset cetera.

Now why didn’t PP lodge a complaint against the above-mentioned persons and institutions as well? And why hasn’t the SAHRC laid “hate speech” charges against all the above-mentioned international news agencies and their reporters? Well, they, like PP, are all (still) part and parcel of the same thuggish being, the Master.

But one day, soon, some Slave, like my recalcitrant self, will rise up and hit Master PP full in the face, for it is foreordained by Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic. How exciting, how boring…

PS. Hey Peester Piet, jammer, Meester Piet… wat het van jou Simsonhare geword?!

  • Hans Onrust

    Good piece again Albert, sober and factual. Bravo.

    Voltaire : “I can still find your opinion as abject, but I will defend your right to express that.”
    A few days ago this was thrown to an opponent, questioning some statements by a similar species like big Piet. Then he tried, foaming at the mouth, to lynch him. Really.

    Wonder what this common behavior is called in psychology terms : psychopathy schizophrenic ?

    Once again, a loss of freedom of speech this uncivilized unreasonable hunting of Louise. Could only take place in a mixture of envy of this so called ‘enlightened’ and their dictatorial master.

    By the way this black and white photo of the real Piet, were there any injuries as a result of this criminal behavior ? Was he indicted ?

    All the best.

    • Albert Brenner

      Dankie Hans. So ver ek gelees het, het Piet skotvry afgekom van die storie. Vind onder die skakel na my bron. Ek het hierdie uitgawe van die Vrye Weekblad in Skelmbos se argiewe gaan uitsnuffel.…/vw_1991-05-17-23.pdf?…

  • OomKosie

    The reference to the slave and master is very pertinent, especially Piet’s comment that they paid their ‘slave’ R5.00 per month is very important, R5.00 then would equate to R322 per month at an 20% increase per annum, shocking but not surprising from a liberal, whom we all know preaches to others but do not think their rules apply to themselves.

    • Thatsadisgrace

      I was thinking the very same, OomKosie, reading this, the thing really stood out for me was who on earth, even in the 1970’s had a domestic worker working for them for R5 a month? No wonder he feels he can’t live with himself! He should be helped to understand in that case his family alone stands out as slave masters abusing a good person, as he describes her to be, and that they were not part of the norm. He cannot speak up collectively from that experience. What a shame! If I were him I’d rather lower my profile to well under the radar of what is decently acceptable or not! So to speak crawl back under the bush I crawled out from.

      • Boerseun.Z.A.R

        Who employs a domestic worker?
        My pa het altyd vir my gese: Even if they pay me,I dont want them.

        • Ratel

          Ek is amper seker hy’t strooi gepraat. Niemand sal sy bediende net R 5.00 ‘n maand betaal nie. Selfs nie in die sewentigs nie. Hy het weer die storie aangedik soos wat sy soort is, om mense met blatante skoktaktiek oor the haal na sy kant van die verhaal..

        • Renier Gouws

          The ousie is his mother.

  • Boerseun.Z.A.R

    Always enjoy your articles Albert.
    As for Noel Ignatiev…..he can go to hell.

    • Albert Brenner

      Yup, Noel is really a whacko fascist of the highest order. The tragic thing is that he gets away with it!

  • Marthinus

    The tables will turn; how will we avoid the master/slave circle in the future? The answer is probably not a simple one since our current situation came from a mixture of sources from without and from within.

    • Themba Maxwell Mbiza

      Marthinus, the slave does not know that he/she does not know what needs to be known. Whenever everything is consumed and “were are back in the bush” , the slave just might call on the former “master” to come to the rescue again. Africa has several examples of that !

    • Albert Brenner

      Yes, there will come a huge backlash against the criminalization of Whites here, and globally. It is forordained to end in bloodshed.

      What we`ll do afterwards, I`m not sure. Strife is Evolution`s word for Life.

      As a Christian, I can only hope for Salvation.

      • Marthinus

        Daniel 2:43 Dat u die yster gemeng met kleigrond gesien het — hulle sal deur menslike gemeenskap onder mekaar vermeng raak, maar hulle sal nie aanmekaar vasklewe nie, net soos yster nie met klei meng nie.
        44 Maar in die dae van dié konings sal die God van die hemel ’n koninkryk verwek wat in ewigheid nie vernietig sal word nie, en die heerskappy daarvan sal aan geen ander volk oorgelaat word nie; dit sal al daardie koninkryke verbrysel en daar ’n einde aan maak, maar self sal dit vir ewig bestaan —
        45 net soos u gesien het dat sonder toedoen vanmensehande ’n klip van die berg af losgeraak het wat die yster, die koper, die klei, die silwer en die goud verbrysel het. Die grote God het aan die koning bekend gemaak wat hierna sal gebeur; en die droom is waar en sy uitlegging betroubaar.

  • Salome Dooley

    Great article as usual.

    My thing aboutso called liberals is that they are in fact the racists. There is always a huge outcry (and rightly so) when black people are discriminated against or when
    there have been acts of violence perpetrated against them by whites – however there
    can be the most brutal acts of violence committed by blacks against other blacks
    or against whites and the silence is almost deafening – so what is this lack of
    outrage actually saying? They do not expect barbaric behaviour from whites and
    so condemn it in the strongest way – but they do expect it from blacks? Who are
    truly the racists then? Dools

    • Albert Brenner

      Thanks Salome.

      I agree. There are so many `dis-connects` when it comes to the value-judgements of/by liberals re. race. It really borders on the psychotic.

  • Ratel

    Excellent Albert. I really enjoyed it. Couldn’t understand much of the first bit, but it became easier into the second half.
    Self proclaimed champion of the downtrodden, and he furtively slunk out through the back door, I see.
    I hope there is something prophetic about that.

    • Albert Brenner

      Thanks Ratel.

      I`ve communicated quite a lot with Croucamp during the past few weeks. Believe me when I tell you that he is just a thug. There is no original thinking at all on his part…just vitriol cementing the norm.

      It just shows you the dismal state of the academia in South Africa when people like Croucamp, Jansen, Gouws, Bothma, etc. are running our universities. They are not intellectuals…but mere functionaries enforcing the political morality of this barbaric government we have.

      • Renier Gouws

        Half baked intellectuals.