Many years ago Nelson Mandela cast off apartheid in South Africa, and the the black people who live there had great hope.
Unfortunately, life never seems to work out the way we want it to.
Today as we speak, South Africa is descending into a failed state.
Widespread looting is rampant.
What’s going on? And what are the root causes of this?
Of course we can talk about the past president, Jacob Zuma being placed in jail due to corruption, but that’s not the root of the problem.
A mandate to loot does not exist because a past president is placed in jail.
If people do loot, they are looting for another reason.
The reason they’re looting is because they don’t have a stake in the game.
Jacob Zuma being placed in jail is a trigger, an excuse.
The real problem is the inequity of income and wealth in South Africa today.
The unequal income and wealth exists because of educational disparity between black and white.
The hope was that democracy for black folk would fix that problem.
But it did not fix that problem, and it cannot fix that problem.
It cannot fix that problem because a healthy democracy is not the cause of a productive society, but the result.
Now, of course, you wouldn’t know that by watching our main stream media.
Our main stream media babbles about democracy as if it is a magic salve that heals all wounds.
Of course, you know by now that it isn’t.
You know this because there are many failed states in the world that have beautiful constitutions with beautiful democracies.
But they don’t work.
They don’t work because healthy democracy is a result, not a cause of a productive society.
A democracy without an educated electorate is nothing.
A democracy without an educated and trained citizenry has no solid base of support in which to operate a heathy government.
Education is everything.
You have to have educated citizens with skills.
A few years ago, a black man in South Africa spoke before the cameras.
He was an immigrant from Ghana. His automobile repair shop had been ransacked.
He spoke about crime in South Africa.
He said that the problem with South Africa is that the people there don’t have skills.
They lacked vocational skills.
People without skills, people without education riot.
Democracy without educated people, without skilled people, is not a democracy at all.
It’s a raging mob screaming for Barabbas.
People who are educated, people with skills, people who can live a prosperous life don’t riot. They don’t loot. They obey the law.
They study. They take a measured response. They think.
Unfortunately, this lesson was lost on the United States and the other geniuses around the world who were pushing South Africa to democratize overnight.
South Africa complied, and apartheid still exists – but with rioting.
What will fix this is education.
Democracy without education is useless.
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