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May 29, 2005

Quote of the Day

It is depressing to look back at history and see how regularly the same nice-sounding idea–”let’s take the land from the rich people who unjustly own it and give it to those who need it”–turns into tragedy for everyone. It’s even more depressing to realise that despite the seeming predictibility of the result, lots of people want to do it anyway.

-Jane Galt on the problems of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Posted by Karol at 02:00 AM |
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Of course it’s even more perverse when the government takes land from the poor to give to the rich, as is the Connecticut case of Kelo v. New London, now before the Supreme Court.

Posted by: KipEsquire at May 29, 2005 at 10:07 am

I must misunderstand Jane’s point – I think she is trying to say that unrestricted, large scale, land redistribution is dangerous for everyone involved (reeeaalll simple paraphrase by me). She also uses the term “radical land reform” in one of her comments on the article. I don’t think this is just a case of redistribution of ill gotten gains by supporters of a previous government (although some of it easily could be called that). Mugabe is paying his thugs with other people’s stuff. These “squatters and peasants” (ie. former gunmen and former gunmen) are being paid off with land. Unfortunately, they are not farmers. Neither is President for Life Mugabe obviously: planting people in the ground doesn’t make more people, or even food.
I think the point is more about dictator behaviour than land reform in the classic sense. My 2 cents (up to 1.4 cents US – look out America!)
ps. Correct me if I am wrong – I am off to work, and no time for a Googlin’… wasn’t Mugabe one of the African heads of state who denied the HIV/AIDS crisis? Or maybe it was Thabo Mbeki? It is awful to admit, but I get lost in African politics.

Posted by: Loop at May 30, 2005 at 6:29 am

More proof that when the left tries to get revenge on the rich, the poor pay the price.
Land reform in modern times always results in famine and increased poverty.

Posted by: Jake at May 30, 2005 at 12:38 pm
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