The two responses to my letter alerting people to the destructive influence of Marxism and liberalism in South Africa do not really respond to the core of my argument. (See Speak for yourself and Move on, Mr Roodt, change is good.)
Mr. Deon Crafford of Pretoria states that “we are not divided by nationalism anymore, only by economic means”. If that were the case, why are the politicians campaigning in this election not arguing over interest rates, tariffs and trade, or the minutiae of macroeconomic policy? Instead, every party has some kind of ethnic platform, whether it is “taking back the land that whites stole from us” (the EFF) or support for racial quotas in the form of so-called broad-based black economic empowerment (DA and ANC).
During the current Oscar Pistorius trial which has been turned into a mass media event, the state could not even supply a trained interpreter from Afrikaans to English in Pretoria, the epicentre of Afrikaans in South Africa and in the world! This is just another indication of the shambles we find ourselves in, with a system founded on some 1940s melting-pot dream that could only have been invented in Sweden, where everybody has blue eyes and drives a Volvo.
How low do we have to go before people acknowledge that the current system is not working and will never work because it is not suited to a multi-ethnic state? Show me one province in South Africa that does not have a premier from the locally dominant tribe and I will eat my hat. Or just appoint a few Pedis to run Kwazulu-Natal and watch what happens. That is real diversity, not the fantasy-world of beer adverts proclaiming “One nation, one beer.”
The Constitutional Court decides whether there should be same-sex marriage or Afrikaans in schools. Is that democratic? Does anyone think that a referendum on same-sex marriage will get a “yes” vote? Most South Africans have probably more in common with Uganda than with Sweden or New York State.
Mr. Vladimir Putin has become the most popular world leader since Ronald Reagan. He opposes globalism and champions national sovereignty. In a recent speech to the Duma he quoted Nikolai Berdyaev, an early Bolshevik who soon turned to a kind of Christian existentialism and conservatism. The quote was:
“‘The point of conservatism is not that it prevents movement forward and upward, but that it prevents movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.”
A haunting statement, given South Africa’s descent into anomic violence, as reflected in the media every day.
A slightly shortened version of this column appeared in the Johannesburg daily Business Day.