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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Property in Africa

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  • I think she nails the problem on the head in the second paragraph and then quickly moves on to ways to solve one of the symptoms:

    In a great many of these African struggles people are fighting their neighbours, they are not fighting because the neighbour worships God in a different way or has a different set of genes. Rather, they are fighting because this is the only way left open to them to determine who “owns” which field, or who has what rights to graze animals, or who should control the revenue from the mineral wealth below people’s feet.

    It boils down to the same argument that’s been going on for several thousand years…money & power, which of course spawns fear & hatred. It’s the vicious black circle that has chased itself for centuries. Land conquests are incidental, because guaranteed, if they got one field from their neighbor, they’d want another…It all boils down to lust for power, and if you can solve that dilemma, write it down in a book. I’d buy it. Probably be bigger than the Bible….at least bigger than the Harry Potter books.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  11/02  at  02:46 PM
  • I don’t think it needs to be written down, and I doubt that you need to read it.  Have you ever lusted for power or done serious violence to someone to get it?

    All that is required is to recognize those that do and stop supporting them.  We call them leaders and rulers and kings and presidents and congressmen and even, to some degree, cops.  Ultimately, they get our resources from us through coercion.  Certainly, in a democracy, they offer the implementation of some useful policies - like property rights - but by demanding payment for those services (rather than offering us the choice to buy them like any good business does), they pervert the ideas.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  11/02  at  03:29 PM
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