FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”
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Responding to yesterday’s question on the recent events in Zimbabwe,
Philip Gianas of Arizona shared: “My uncle Peter Lyon’s farm in Africa was confiscated in 2002 by Robert Mugabe under the false promise of returning land to Zimbabweans. The real outcome was devastating not only to my uncle who was violently evicted, but to the dozens of Zimbabweans who lived and worked on the farm, and countless others who benefited from the economy built around it. The buildings were burned, equipment was destroyed, animals were killed, and the land was left to deteriorate into permanently barren acres of dirt. Whether or not one agrees with Mr. Mugabe’s vision for Zimbabwe, the people of that once bountiful country never prospered from his nationalist populism.”
Russ Gibson of Iowa said: “I am glad that steps have been taken to remove Mr. Mugabe from power, and in a seemingly non-bloody and nonviolent way. Nearly 40 years of being in power is too long. At the same time, I worry about the power vacuum and who will fill it, as well as the consequences for ordinary residents in Zimbabwe.”
And Joe Ely of Indiana wrote: “I traveled and worked in the Zimbabwe countryside in the years of struggle before Mr. Mugabe’s takeover. His collectivization of a vibrant agricultural juggernaut drove millions into famine and poverty. At last, he appears to be on his way out. The question remains, however, as it always does in Africa: Is the replacement government better? Zimbabwe would be wise to look to their neighbor Botswana for a better model.”
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One can only hope that the change is for the better. Socialism leads to disaster as seen in Venezuela. Dictatorship also leads to disaster as seen in Zimbabwe.
Only a free market economy, protected by the rule of law, and with a government that is an “honest referee” and “night watchman” can empower the people to be all they can be.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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