Posted by Karol at 02:00 AM
Technorati Tags: Jane+Galt wealth+redistribution Robert+Mugabe Zimbabwe
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.
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.
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.