The Roots of Helpless Behavior

This article by AP highlights the extreme case of Zimbabwe, where the collapse of the society, along with a drought, have brought the country to a near-standstill.

What I found interesting was the passivity of the people, who line up at the public wells, waiting hours for their ration of water. They are angry at the government, who they believe should supply the water – somehow.

Claudius Madondo, chairman of the residents association controlling the line, said nearby wells were no longer functioning, forcing the rationing. Some of the people waiting heckled him.

“Nothing is working in this country, how do we survive?” Hatineyi Kamwanda, another resident, said. “We can’t even use the toilets, the children are not going to school because of this and now we fear cholera is going to hit us again.

“The president should treat us as human beings, we voted for him.”

The idea that a vote should translate into favored treatment is common to many of the Impoverished Helpless.

Bloomberg blames government mismanagement, that makes a normal drought situation worse – MUCH worse.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of a nationwide drought that’s depleted dams, cut output by hydropower plants, caused harvests to fail and prompted the government to appeal for $464 million in aid to stave off famine. It’s disastrous for a nation whose economy has been driven to the brink of collapse by two decades of mismanagement, meaning the authorities can’t afford to effect repairs, let alone extend water access to a burgeoning urban population.

For more detail on the post-Mugabe era, see this link.

Naturally, blaming corrupt government is NOT a tactic that will further Leftist aims. So, what else can they do?

Blame Climate Change.

“Climate change does not see boundaries or borders,” said Tich Zinyemba, head of the public weather service at Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Service Department. “Some of the things which we are seeing now such as prolonged droughts, dry spells are as a result of climate change.”

This paper on the historic droughts provides more background, but still is heavily reliant on government intervention and top-down projects.

Few of the available sources have alternative remedies to begging, demanding, and pleading with 1st world countries to pony up the dough to get Zimbabwe out of the rut it’s in. What is NOT generally considered is the effect that intervention at the “boots on the ground” level might have.

In drier areas, scanty rainfall for a few years can kill vegetation permanently and poor land-practices only make it worse.

Heritage has some figures about the problems of the country, but few solutions.

Surprisingly, the most thorough treatment of Zimbabwe’s condition, both past and present, is Brittanica. A surprise to me was this stat:

Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, with nine-tenths of the population being able to read.

Keep in mind, what 3rd world countries consider literate can mean something as basic as: can write own name. I’m not kidding about that; when I was in college, I had opportunities to talk with many non-Americans. In that process, I learned about the vast differences between official statistics and reality in many parts of the world.

But, Brittanica has (somewhat buried near the bottom of the entry) acknowledged the impact of dispossessing the landowning White population.

…a law was passed in 2002 that allowed Mugabe to pursue an aggressive program of confiscating their farms, forcing more than half of the country’s white farmers to relinquish their property and rendering tens of thousands of black farmworkers homeless and unemployed. As was the case in the 1990s, property was often claimed by politically connected individuals with little or no farming experience rather than by the landless peasant farmers or war veterans who were supposed to benefit from the redistribution program. The government’s lack of forethought in forcing out the white farmers and not replacing them with experienced farmworkers contributed to a significant decline in agricultural productivity; this, as well as drought, led to severe food shortages.

Perhaps his most famous piece on that subject, is Let Africa Sink.

Peering Through the Looking Glass

Ya’ know, I used to read Heinlein’s books, and he always talked about the Crazy Times that preceded those future civilizations. Rampant, unpunished crime, extremely partisan and divided citizens, and – by the standards of a society that functioned – complete anarchy and chaos.

Little did I understand that the Left would take that storyline as an instruction manual.

The Impeachment Frenzy is upon us. Damn the evidence, and rush to judgement, which is a terrible idea for justice.

Which, is absolutely the point. If Shiff-for-Brains and Palsied get their way, the whole thing will be over by the time their supporters start their Halloween festivities. That celebration is their favorite, as they dress as usual, and scare the hell out of all of us.

How is all of this ready-made accusation/trial/conviction package possible? Normal investigations take months, if not years to put together.

Behold Lynching In a Box!

The attorney for the – Not-Quite Whistleblower – has written the Acting Director of National Intelligence to express concern for his client’s safety, using off-the-cuff comments Trump made to lay the groundwork for NOT ‘testifying’, or ‘testifying’ in seclusion. I put that in ‘single quotes’, as I’m hard put to understand how you can testify about something you haven’t seen or heard, or otherwise directly verified.

Apparently, Andrew P. Bakaj, Lead Attorney for the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, went to a special law school, where the distinction between evidence, and rumors, hearsay, and gossip, weren’t in the syllabus.

Great. Nothing says “full and fair investigation” like a Star Chamber.

Good thing we have the Dissident Media to provide some perspective.

 

Guys! I Have This WILD Idea!

It would make a great movie!

You have this horrible guy in office – he’s getting rid of all the rules the previous guy(s) put into place – things like:

  • Allowing Dept. Heads to impose fines for things that are legal, but the agency doesn’t like
  • Rules that limit Due Process for Men (hey, they deserve it!)
  • Rules that ignore the law, and permit payment to abortion providers, because they swear – Pinky Swear! – that NONE of the money will be used for abortions (90% of services for pregnant women)
  • Repeated prosecutions/harassment of political groups backing your enemies, including IRS abuses

You know the kind of actions – things that unfairly restore the balance of power between citizens and their government.

That Cad!

OK, so we meet in secret, and come up with a plan that says Hearsay Evidence will be Okey-Dokey to be used against that Horrible Person.

Huh?

Yeah, I know that hearsay evidence is NEVER used in court – you have to have been present at a crime to allow you to testify about it. There are laws about it.

No biggy. We’ll just have the agency that is opposing that Horrible Person (HP, for short) make a NEW rule, that says hearsay evidence is perfectly acceptable.

And – this is the twist that no movie is without – just by the Sheerest Coincidence, there is a person, who absolutely HATES HP (as do all GOOD people), and he just HAPPENS to be told by an unidentified person that HP has engaged in improper conduct.

What was that conduct, you say?

Um, well, you remember those stories about HP’s slurs against the former #2 to our Very Beloved and Honored Leader (VBHL)? How he used his position to bully governments into dropping investigations against his Nimrod Son (NS)?

Well, it’s kinda like that – but subtle, very subtle.

Huh? You’ve read that part of the script and it sounds like a regular conversation, not an attempt at intimidation.

Well, you have to imagine De Niro or Nicholson uttering those words. It works in context.

Whatevs.

How much?

I’m going to have to insist on an unlimited budget. My film, A Political Coup, is gonna use up all that the studio did on that last turkey, Stop That Justice!, and then some. I mean, you can’t do this on the cheap.

What’s that you say? You’re going to pass on the project?

Heh, heh. Did I mention that I have evidence – real evidence, not this schlock – on all of you? I’m gonna, how do you say it, Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse.

You don’t want to experience an Arkanicide, do you? And your little dog, too?

Reading “The Case for Trump”

I saw the book was out, and wanted to read it. But the price – even after discount, was out of my budget (see below – even for the Kindle edition, it’s $18.99).

There’s something cool I installed, however, It shows up in the right side of the graphic above (larger cropping below). It’s called Library Extension, and you can get it on the Chrome Store.

It checks libraries that you have a card with, and lets you know if you can check out or put a hold on a book. It’s an alternative to buying books that are pricey (in the case of Hanson’s book, likely worth it, but not in my budget).

I’m still in the  1st chapter, and enjoying it hugely (YUUUGELY!). VDH, as he is often called, is scholarly, without being tedious or ponderous in his prose. It’s a true gift, to write for the Common Man/Woman.

Globalization had flattened the hinterland as jobs and commerce were outsourced to lower-cost Asia and Latin America. And yet the disequilibrium had never been fully leveraged by politicians (unless by politicians in negative fashion by Barack Obama in his infamous “clingers” put-down of rural Pennsylvanians in 2008),

I’ll keep posting excerpts as I read it over the next few weeks.

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