Rewarding Failure: An EFF policy

By AllcoveredinNinjas , 29 October 2013, 08:46

So we have more than a few ‘columnists’ singing the praises about the EFF and how wonderful their economic policies will be. It will apparently solve the economic challenges facing the country and provide ‘economic freedom’ (means something completely different to the rest of the world and largely undefined by the eff) of every South African    blacks. There are a lot of big promises emanating from the party and its leader who by no coincidence hasn’t even filled in a tax form the rest of us plebeians have to do let alone deal with the threat of prison which would usually accompanies tax evasion, fraud and delinquency but I digress.

You can spout out all the collectivist rhetoric about the evils of capitalism, racist propaganda and militant polemic but if you apply some simple common sense logic to their policy you’ll see it’s hardly sound. If an organisation or institution fails time and again at high cost in undertaking its function, why would you willingly agree to not only let that body continue to fail at its task but increase its scope, authority and reach. With this in mind, the EFF is saying the Govt is failing South Africa in its task of creating opportunity and prosperity. So their answer is to give govt greater control, more influence, more power and the task of operating agricultural land , mines and banks (just think SABC running your banking service or home affairs running a mine). I really don’t think rewarding Govt for its failures is any kind of wisdom but if you look at the ballot history I can see why the EFF could possibly come to this conclusion. It’s like taking Einstein’s definition of insanity and making it a guiding philosophy. With a wholly unaccountable governing structure and personal, failure and outright criminal behaviour sticks to govt and its officials like water on a ducks back and should such critical stench stick around it gets the Surf wash blame history, some other guy or racism as a quick way of cleaning off the lingering deep stains of repeated incompetence, negligence and criminality.

Aaah , but the EFF is different . They will be honest, they will work hard and not be tempted by the power and money that the current trough feeders have fallen prey too even though through their policies they will acquire even more power and influence. (May I remind you of the opening on the character defining example of the bereted leader).

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”  ?

Why not nationalise tourism? It’s now the biggest employer by sector. Is that not a strategic sector? 

You don’t need to explain or elaborate on the cosmic sized holes in the economic plans they advocate, comment on the history of failure of these policies from around the world and the resulting loss of freedom and liberties because if you reward failure and ‘bad’ behaviour with more power and responsibility then its more than a little bit hopeful that the behaviour is going to change but rather encourage and reinforce it (the opposite of accountability). SA needs the EFF and nationalisation like an alcoholic needs a six pack and a lap dance.   A short intoxication of delight followed by extended misery , discomfort and dependency.

 “I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.” -Milton Friedman



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