Posted On: Friday - May 5th 2023 3:55PM MST
In Topics:   History  The Future  Race/Genetics  World Political Stupidity
I could tell this subject matter was going to be more than could be chewed in one post, so this will serve as not much more than an introduction, with more next week.
Patrick Cleburne, "handled" off of the Confederate General, the "Stonewall of the West"* has posted a lot of articles on VDare lately. One that is of widespread importance, heralding easily possible doom for America is his South Africa Today—America Tomorrow? And Why?.
In his article, Mr. Cleburne refers the reader to a fairly lengthy article by a former South African on the fall of his formerly beloved country in a website called Lay of the Land - that link is not worth too much generally unless you want to read about the Middle East. Why one has to go there to read on this is another story.
I reckon that most Peak Stupidity readers will think this is not necessary, but I'll lay out just some short history here for those who (like me, say, 25 years ago) know nothing but a bit from History class and then what the Lyin' Press tells them. I'll condense this greatly from the wide-ranging (in time and space) complicated story of South Africa for these few points.
After shipwrecked sailors at Table Bay off the Cape of Good Hope - at the south end of Africa - had lots of good things to say about the natural resources in the area, the Dutch East India Company saw value in establishing a fort at Cape Town and an expedition led by Jan van Riebeek sailed down in 1652. Mr. van Riebeek governed the colony for 10 years Various groups of Dutchmen immigrated to what was then just a small colony at the Cape. Over the next few centuries, some of the "Boers" became TrekBoers and spread out to expand this land for farming and pasturing far in all directions.
The English came down starting as an invasion force in the late 1700s only due to their warfare with France, the French Revolutionary forces having control of the Netherlands at that point. Conflict between the Boers (Afrikaners, but the terms are not quite synonymous) and the English were many, and 3 bloody Boer Wars at least are named. I imagine your average American doesn't even know about the 2 different White groups who've inhabited the place for nearly 400 and over 200 years. Let's see, who were the most indigenous people, anyway?
One important fact that the average history-un-inclined person does not know (and there IS an agenda involved) is that it wasn't like this part of Africa was filled with your standard Africans. It was a wide-open land, with some tribes that were encountered as the colony vastly expanded. These were not the Bantus (standard sub-Saharan Africans, as we think of them), as they didn't live this far south. There were the Khoikhoi, the Bushman, and the Xhosas, the latter in the east with whom the Boers ended up in serious battles.
As the land got settled, built up, and civilized by the White Man, many non-indigenous (keep that in mind!) Bantus did move down. The grass was indeed greener. Why this was let to happen was probably a matter of an inability to control a long border, but also likely an indifferent attitude in a land so vast, and then, as has caused unintended and somehow-never-foreseen problems throughout history for the White Man, the quest for cheap labor. Demography took its toll. Still, the British-run but also widely Afrikaner-populated South Africa kept the much larger Bantu black population under control under different laws in a program called Apartheid. For the whole 20th Century, South Africa was a real part of the 1st World. That system and status lasted until the rest of the West put the screws to the White Men in charge, due to ... justice, no, not "no justice, no peace" as it turned out (not like it wasn't foreseen!), but "justice" causing no more peace.
My attention had already been on world political events as this anti-Apartheid agenda, sanctions, and pressure came at that Beloved Country from all over the world. (The Cold War was still on during half of this time - the Communists of the USSR were "loving it" too - they were up for any chance to socially destroy the 1st World. I think I've read at least an inkling of the Communists being involved within the country.)
So, there we were, in 1994. The anti-Apartheid forces had gotten their way. The new Black!-run Government would get their chance to rule this prosperous land, which was only fair, you know. The recent example of White, prosperous, bread-basket-of-Africa Rhodesia turning into hyperinflation-ridden shithole Zimbabwe, oh, and a dozen or 2 former colonies, now Black!-run, throughout the continent didn't serve as good examples, apparently. I write that sarcastically, as the agitating black population and the White sympathizers likely did know but didn't care**, and the White population knew but were defeated politically by their enemies in the rest of the 1st World.
Well, you probably knew all that and possibly know more than I do on the subject. You also may know how bad things have gotten in South Africa over the last almost 30 years, happening at a faster rate over the last 5-10. The example is something Americans should follow closely for a number of reasons. For one thing, the White people there are getting killed by blacks regularly, and the economic plight under this still-AA-for-Black system is getting terrible for those White people who are sticking (by choice or not). Also, as Mr Cleburnes title worries, are we next? South Africa is falling into ruin, and we've seen some of that here already.
His article is an important one, but I'll get more into the longer and more personal account titled South Africa at War with Itself in the next part.
* The original came over from Ireland, originally Country Cork in around 1850, ended up in Arkansas. He fought and led many battles in the War Between the States in the Western theater. The "West" meant roughly across the Appalachians - Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi in the South, and he fought at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga (Tennessee), Richmond (Kentucky), Ringgold Gap (Georgia) and Franklin (Tennesse) where he was shot and died.
** The Black! leaders just wanted to be Big Men, no matter what happened to the place, and the White sympathizers wanted to prove a point. Their point? The White Men just shouldn't be in charge. They just shouldn't, and yeah, it would all work out fine, because it was a 1st World country. What could possibly go wrong?