Sunday, 8 February 2009


I'm sure I've mentioned this before but I have a particular aversion to people proposing - irrationally and with absolutely no logical argumentation that shows how the situations are analogous or how the success on which they predicate their assumptions that the ends justify the means will ever happen - that sweatshops are the answer to anything. I am hissing at the DA who are honestly campaigning on this proposal. I would encourage them to step outside their Southern Suburbs, private-school ivory towers and the intellectual brainwashing of their neo-liberal, US-loving, Asian-Tigers-worshiping economics departments and consider some of the OTHER stories of economic development in the world. Like the Celtic Tiger for example. Or any other economic development story, really, that began with a reasonably well-developed private sector, a human rights framework, economic stability and a lack of massive preferential access from economies like the US.

So, I'm hissing at the DA tonight.

In contrast, I am so pleased to see that there are people in South Africa who are taking commercial farming and food security seriously. I've written about this before. It's something about which I feel particularly strongly. It's also something that has been ignored in SA politics. It seems COPE has decided that food is important. There are those who have suggested that this move by COPE is simply an attempt to appease the white minority. I think the fact that South Africa is producing less food today than it was 10 years ago, to feed far more people and a far greater percentage of people living in urban areas where subsistence farming to supplement commercially produced food is not an option, and such a situation in the context of the 'breadbasket of Africa' having collapsed into choleric chaos and the WFP demand for our maize, is a problem. I'm just happy someone has noticed.

Their policies on the economy
- although pretty exclusively macro at the moment - aren't too bad either.


  1. That would be the Celtic Tiger that's gone belly-up leaving the banks, the country and the entire population broke as the housing bubble burst and employment is sky-rocketing due to the multi-nationals moving abroad to cheaper sources of labour...?

    Might need a slightly more convincing pussy-cat, Hawk! ;)


  2. You may be right. Increasingly, I feel like the most convincing developmental model out there might just be SA's own. Which makes Manuel's probable imminent departure even more depressing.

    Either way, it certainly isn't sweatshops or any other part of the Asian Tigers model - which also crashed as multi-nationals moved to cheaper labour, eventually.