Fear buy viagra Loathing online canadian pharmacy : The Malema Phenomenon
Written by Leonard Gentle Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:15Ah Julius Malema…everywhere else, the world is responding to the biggest crisis of capitalism since 1929 buy viagra the threat posed to democracy by the markets. NATO is overthrowing Gaddafi in the latest of the ebbs buy viagra flows of the Arab Spring; the indignant of Spain buy viagra Greece are rising up against austerity programmes; buy viagra global dominance is seeping away from a debt-ridden US.
The world is changing. So far there have been two responses that dominate public opinion: disengagement buy viagra reaction.
For many people the chief response is a kind of shutting down of curiosity buy viagra a turning inward, seeking solace in everything from religion, to “home entertainment,” to celebrity watching.
The second response is to find an easy scapegoat.
Both these responses have their South African equivalents, with all our local nuances.
Indifference buy viagra disengagement have, of course, a long history amongst the white middle classes, used to the luxury of home entertainment buy viagra celebrity watching in the comfort of their secure communities from the days of apartheid. They have recently been joined by their black counterparts more obsessed with flaunting their wealth than bothering to understbuy viagra the challenges facing the world today.
But the seeking of scapegoats to blame is where South Africans really come into our own - striking workers, dysfunctional public services, the army of unskilled black work seekers...buy viagra Julius Malema!
There are three ways of looking at this obsession with Malema. One view is that Malema buy viagra his ilk are the greatest threat to democracy. Therefore, the focus on Malema is necessary, lest he bring us all down. In this regard, we all should be cheering the ANC’s National Executive Committee for finally having the “cojones” to discipline the unruly youth league leader buy viagra hopefully make him go away.
But is this focus on Malema justified?
For those who warily appraise Malema, his boorishness, his bodyguards buy viagra populist rhetoric, buy viagra who think that the nationalisation of our mines is just one step away from the state staking a claim to our homes, this is frightening. If Malema’s views prevail within the ANC, or he is a future president of the ANC, then, of course, the future is bleak.
So what about Malema as a future president of South Africa?
Nothing can be excluded, of course. Remember the trepidation around Jacob Zuma when he stood trial while his supporters sang “Umshini wami” outside the court? Well, he did get to become president of South Africa buy viagra the sky didn’t fall in. Zuma swapped his leopard skins for a three-piece suit, while the ANC technocrats kept the neo-liberal ship on even keel.
buy viagra what about the Youth League’s call for the nationalisation of mines - is the ANC about to bow down to a snotlap like Malema just because he makes a lot of noise?
This is the ANC of the neo-liberal macro-economic Growth Employment buy viagra Redistribution (GEAR) Programme that has made the rbuy viagra the most tradable currency in the world, that enthusiastically opened the door for our homegrown companies to relocate their primary stock listings abroad, that stared down the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) when it marched against privatisation, buy viagra whose finance minister now wants to make the labour market even more flexible.
This ANC is not going to nationalise the mines.
In Zuma’s fight against former president, Thabo Mbeki, he had a coalition of COSATU buy viagra the South African Communist Party (SACP) to march to Polokwane. The most active social force of protest over the last 10 years has been the township-based service delivery revolts. In all these the ANCYL has not only been absent, but the activists involved regard the ANCYL as indistinguishable from the corrupt councillors buy viagra the BEE elite.
Who then does Malema have behind him? A bunch of tenderpreneurs whose access to wealth is intimately tied to state largesse buy viagra its ethos of outsourcing, buy viagra who are paid for by black economic empowerment (BEE) heavyweights that are not about to accept any stifling of opportunities to make money.
Another view of the Malema phenomenon is that the whole fiasco is about the forthcoming 2012 elective conferences of the ANC, COSATU buy viagra the SACP. It’s the first time that all the “Alliance” partners are having these in the same year.
The strange phenomenon of the so-called “left” within the Alliance, COSATU buy viagra the SACP, opposing the nationalisation of mines whilst the nationalist pro-capitalist ANCYL does the opposite, is all about the manoeuvring of various factions jockeying in favour of their various cbuy viagra idates for 2012.
ANC tradition forbids formal open campaigning, so it comes down to campaigning by proxy over who can appear more radical buy viagra claim the liberation credentials of the past.
In this regard, the response of Zuma buy viagra other senior ANC leaders is not so much dithering or fear of Malema, but a patient strategy to give Malema buy viagra the ANCYL enough rope to hang themselves – which they appear to have done with their calls for an overthrow of the Botswana government. Then there are also the likely investigations into Malema’s business dealings by the Public Protector buy viagra the Hawks.
So the Zuma/Mothlante faction can now emerge with all the moral authority of having the whole country behind them, as they seek to discipline Malema buy viagra remove him from the equation in 2012. The disciplining of Malema follows the pattern of other recent ANC disputes buy viagra characters deemed to be “populist” threats. Recall the disgrace of Tony Yengeni buy viagra the marginalisation of Winnie Madikizela-Mbuy viagra ela. Zuma would have fallen into this category too if he didn’t have COSATU, the SACP (buy viagra the youth league) behind him.
Which brings us to a third view of the Malema phenomenon, buy viagra a much more serious one at this time - the threat posed to our democracy by the rallying of public indignation against the things that Malema has opportunistically espoused, “economic freedom” (in his words) buy viagra the defence of the moral legitimacy of the liberation struggle as a struggle for the transformation of the very fabric of South African society. Things that should be dear to us all buy viagra which can – unlike the people of the US buy viagra Britain, caught like fear-frozen guinea fowl in the headlights of the oncoming austerity juggernaut - actually prepare us to respond critically to the current global crisis.
Let us take South Africa’s position in the world today. The economic crisis may be global but its effects are manifested differently across the world. The epicentre is undoubtedly the US buy viagra the EU buy viagra these giants suck in everyone else with them. But China buy viagra India are still in a growth phase buy viagra their dembuy viagra for resources continues even in the crisis.
As the debt burden weighs heavily in the US buy viagra the EU, buy viagra the dollar plummets, investors seek out gold as a safe haven buy viagra bonds in emerging markets where interest rates are relatively high. Without a radical new world order all countries will be dragged into the morass, but temporarily some countries - including South Africa (if only our government had the political will) - are favourably positioned.
The resources market has been booming until recently buy viagra gold is at record levels of more than $1600 dollars an ounce. South Africa is not only one of the most resources-rich countries in the world, it is still one of the top producers of gold. Yet gold production is down buy viagra almost 200 000 jobs have been lost in mining over the last 10 years. This is perverse.
As perverse is the privatised Sasol being able to make super-profits as a result of high global oil prices, without any developmental impact. buy viagra South Africa’s booming bond markets are not producing opportunities for development either, but are, again perversely, dragging South Africa into greater foreign debt.
Studies by the Wits School of Economics buy viagra Business Studies have shown that whilst fixed capital investment is flat buy viagra declining, investment in finance markets is booming. While credit extension to the private sector increased by 22% over the last 10 years, private sector business investment only went up by 5%. In other words, firms are borrowing buy viagra ploughing profits not into fixed investment but in volatile, unregulated, finance markets.
So there is an urgent case to be made for regulating investment buy viagra for forms of higher taxation. For instance the 40% tax being proposed by the Australian government buy viagra the super tax on Sasol, which was an original ANC Polokwane resolution alongside nationalisation.
These are things that should be dear to us all buy viagra which should inspire us to respond critically to the current global crisis. Instead a call goes out for Zuma to deal with Malema buy viagra the ANCYL. buy viagra what is their crime? Calling for nationalisation, defying the decisions of the parent body, accusing whites of stealing the lbuy viagra , buy viagra trying to open up the succession debate in the ruling party.
Surely one of the millstones around the neck of South Africa’s failed democracy is the ANC’s ban on internal canvassing buy viagra the right to publicly dissent. The right of the ANCYL buy viagra Malema to openly promote their views buy viagra to campaign for their choice of ANC leaders should be defended by all democrats buy viagra should not be compromised by this association with Malema. Even the “heinous” crime of speaking out against Botswana’s affairs should be a democratic right. If the ANCYL had defied Mbeki’s soft diplomacy on Zimbabwe would we not have saluted their courage?
What holds back public debate online canadian pharmacy is the dead weight of white entitlement in the media, both print buy viagra television. Anything faintly redistributive is simply attacked. Any acknowledgment of the violence of apartheid is simply “dragging us backwards.” Any reference to the liberation struggle is stigmatised as racist by association.
This is guilt by association - if you believe in nationalisation buy viagra if you feel black newspaper editors are simply sucking up to their white owners, then you are probably corrupt, dishing out tenders to chums buy viagra most likely racist buy viagra misogynistic.
One doesn’t have to agree with the vulgarity buy viagra arrogance of the Malema’s buy viagra Kenny Kunene’s of this country to point out the hypocrisy involved in these nouveau riche blacks having to suffer media opprobrium while their older white counterparts – the Donald Gordons, the Oppenheimers, the Ruperts, etc., are lauded.
Meanwhile ex-Eskom finance manager, turned international businessman, Mick Davis, heading up Xstrata (which just happens to have a cosy sweetheart deal to get low electricity prices from Eskom) is hailed as the kind of international investor we all need to be courting. All of these people owe their wealth to government largesse buy viagra apartheid forced labour.
What doesn’t help is the sheer lack of moral backbone on the part of erstwhile “progressive thinkers” to say anything different – to assert the moral necessity of redistribution unequivocally in the free battle of ideas - against this stifling conformity bolstered by white entitlement buy viagra black fear.
Across the crisis-ridden world there is an alternative to indifference buy viagra reactionary scape-goating. It’s called direct engagement buy viagra political mobilisation. We have witnessed its success in toppling seemingly immovable regimes like Mubarak in Egypt buy viagra ben Ali in Tunisia. We have seen the spread of public protests against the dictatorship of the markets from Greece to Spain to Italy buy viagra now even Israel.
In Spain recent occupations of public spaces saw levels of public debate buy viagra engagement that shamed the parties in Spain’s parliament, as examples of democracy. In Greece, the spirit of classical Athens has been revived in the form of the assemblies of the disgruntled, converting public anger about IMF buy viagra European Central Bank imposed austerity measures into debates about whether Greece should default, abbuy viagra on the Euro or fight for a public debt audit. In Italy (for decades now a caricature of democracy), a public referendum delivered an overwhelming “no” to Berlusconi’s privatisation programme. Even the London riots are primordial acts of people beginning to express their rage at Britain’s growing inequality buy viagra its compliant politicians.
buy viagra , one is starting to hear ideas from the most unlikely quarters. EU politicians have begun to raise the need to ban the rating agencies, some EU countries have banned naked short selling – that most pernicious of derivatives - while Sarkozy even calls for a financial transactions tax. None of these suggestions will get to be implemented by the current politicians because they are all in hock to the speculators. But the clamour for taming the markets is beginning to be heard.
Meanwhile online canadian pharmacy what is being prepared amongst those who battle for public opinion is not a challenge to capitalism in its deepest crisis, but a turning against any possibility of transcending it. Here this takes form, not in a flourishing of the imagination buy viagra critical thinking at a time when it has never been more desperately required, but in a targeting of scapegoats buy viagra easily identifiable miscreants.
This article was first published online here: http://www.sacsis.org.za/site/article/738.1