Orville Moe

Another interesting experiment in “governing a nation” is currently taking place in South Africa. Looking back in history, we find that white-Christian people first came to South Africa as part of a Dutch settlement, controlled by the United East India Company and established a colony at the Cape of Good Hope (present-day Cape Town) in 1652, making it the oldest western-based culture in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The first “Afrikaners” to set foot on this shoreline had neither the initial desire nor the intention to subjugate the few scattered native inhabitants, preferring instead to focus on the business of establishing a trade and refreshment station for ships carrying goods from the Orient to Europe’s busy ports via the Cape of Good Hope. This was about the same time as the Virginia Company of London founded Jamestown in the colony of Virginia and the Dutch established a colony on the Hudson River, which would become New York and more than 100 years later, would become part of the USA in 1776.

Some of these early Afrikaners, however, became “free burghers,” not obligated to the East India Company, and set about clearing and cultivating the almost completely uninhabited countryside. They were soon joined by French Huguenots, who together, permanently settled an area of 170,000 square kilometers, about six times the area of the Netherlands. As the Cape colony expanded, the farmers pushed outward, carving more homesteads from the vast, empty, wilderness. By the late 1800s, some had even crossed the Limpopo river into Mashonaland, now part of Zimbabwe and were coming into conflict with the native (black) population.

According to population records, over the past decade, the white population in South Africa has remained at a relatively steady 5 million people while the black population has grown to more than 98 million people. It is clear that white people are now in a minority position when it comes to voting. Since there is little recognized protection for white minorities under South African law, recent laws have come down severely on the minority population.

Gun restrictions have been imposed since 2008, confiscation of all white-owned land was just passed and signed into law by the government, which is strongly controlled by communist-socialist parties. Proposals to deport or kill all white people has been brought forward by the new South African government. It seems that another country is going into a failure-mode under the Communist-dictatorship concept that the government should decide what is the best use of land and all production facilities. Free enterprise must be destroyed, and a dictatorial central government must be imposed in order to make things better for the majority black population, they have been led to believe. The history of failed Communist efforts to improve the lives of the people anywhere in the world, is clearly evident.

While our “progressive” political press continues to demonize the white Afrikaners for not recognizing the rights of the black citizens, the actions of the current South African government represent the fulfillment of the threat of people voting to attack wealth and success, which was foreseen by the founders of the American republic form of government. The founders recognized the problems that could occur when the rights of the productive land-owning “class,” minority, were attacked by the “working class” majority.

Hopefully, the U.S. population can continue to recognize that rather than splitting into “class” distinctions, we all are entrepreneurs who benefit by marketing our skills and products whatever they may be, to build the best life for ourselves, our family and our nation.

I sometimes wonder, however, if the United States of America is not closer to following a path of failure, such as North Korea, Argentina, the Soviet Union, than continuing as a great and productive free nation.

Orville Moe of rural Hutchinson is one of several community columnists who regularly contribute to this page.