Monthly Archives: May 2018

Uncompensated Land Expropriation in South Africa

We don’t know how that one slipped by us. It could be because this momentous event received virtually no press coverage, but news sort of leaked out that in South Africa Parliament passed a “motion” 241 to 83, that land owned by whites may be expropriated without compensation. We learn this from one of our favorite publications, the City Journal, more specifically, an article by one of our favorite essayists who writes under the nom de plume of Theodore Dalrymple. On March 22, 2018, Mr. Dalrymple published an article in the City Journal, reporting this bit of racist legislation. See . The article is entitled A Dangerous Development in Cape Town;. It appeared in the City Journal on March 22, 2018.

Mr. Dalrymple reminds us that similar legislation was enacted in the past in Zimbabwe, and it resulted in the collapse, first of that country’s agriculture, and eventually its entire economy. He also takes the press to task for failing to report this South African development, and rightly so. Whether you are for it or against it, this is big news and the failure of the press to report it exemplifies that institution’s decline and lapse into propaganda replacing news. Remember that to tell a falsehood it is not necessary to lie outright — it’s enough to omit news in whole or in part, to mislead the readers.