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Erich Bloch: Planned Economic Apocalypse Now

 SCOOP! The master-plan for Zimbabwean economic destruction is exposed.

So pronounced and so prolonged has been the progressive demolition of Zimbabwe’s economy that it could not conceivably have been solely in consequence of some ill-considered political or other decisions, or as a result of the ravages of nature or other acts of God.

In fact, for some years the Zimbabwean government has vigorously sought to reflect the decimation of the economy as being attributable to an orchestrated campaign of former colonialist countries, wishing to unseat the government and resume colonialistic control over Zimbabwe. In promoting such contentions, which defy credulity, the hierarchy of Zimbabwe’s political rulers, reinforced by public service propagandists of the Goebbels model, have endlessly claimed, without any believable foundation, that much of the Zimbabwean business community, many of its former white farmers, most of government’s political opponents, and many, many others have been conjoined in deliberate and determined conspiracy to overthrow the Zimbabwean government and bring about regime change.

In propagating these specious contentions, wholly devoid of fact, the Zimbabwean governmental authorities have never sought to explain why some should have a wish to recolonise Zimbabwe, let alone if such wish did exist, why it would be in their interests to destroy the economy as a precursor to the recolonisation. How can it conceivably be in the interests of Western powers, that have spent 60 years divesting themselves of colonial interests, to re-engage in colonisation and, in strategising to do so, seek to precede the recolonisation with the impoverishment of an entire population, the near total destruction of all infrastructure, the demolition of all wealth-creation resources, the pronounced loss of skills, and accumulation of debt? There can be no benefit or merit in recolonising a country reduced to such a distraught state.

In like manner, the exponents of the economic destruction and conspiracy theories, fail to explain why a business community would possibly enter into a conspiracy wherein their contribution would be not only to aid the devastation and ruination of an economy, and the affliction of starvation, hardships, suffering and ill-health upon a population, but would do so in a manner which would destroy their own businesses, and would thereby reduce them to the same sorry state as they allegedly wish to inflict upon the population. Similarly, it defies imagination that a political opposition would seek to gain power by bringing to near total destruction that which they wish to rule.

But eventually, the sequence of events must demonstrate the actualities, and after 11 years of progressive economic disorder, all occasioned by a combination of machiavellian governmental actions, and an array of governmental inactions, one can only conclude that for some as yet undisclosed objectives, the government of Zimbabwe has intentionally, deliberately and determinedly set about a master plan of economic destruction.

Phase One was in October 1997 when government readily succumbed to the demands and threats of war veterans (some genuine, and the majority pseudo), according them compensation packages far beyond national means. Whilst some probably were deserving of some compensation, many could not conceivably have been so, being under 19 years of age when the compensation was awarded, which meant that some had fought the war at the age of two, and others before conception! But even where justified, the cost vastly exceeded the State’s fiscal resources.

The result was Phase Two of the master plan, and that is that in November 1997 the Zimbabwe dollar crashed, losing 75% of value in a few hours, reactive to the national and international recognition of the imminent insolvency of the Zimbabwean government, resulting from the war veterans compensation commitment, and that that insolvency would undoubtedly be addressed by recourse to pronounced printing of money. That would result in intense inflation, firstly triggered by the devaluation of Zimbabwe’s currency, resulting in massively increased import costs, and then further exacerbated by the printing of money.

Phase Three was implemented in 2000, when government saw it fit to regard all well-intentioned and well-founded advice with contempt, and to dismiss all collaborative proposals emanating from the then farming community, and to be contemptuously oblivious of all bilateral investment protection agreements. It embarked upon overdue, very necessary, land reform, but did so in the most unjust, inequitable, destructive and counterproductive manner possible. In so doing, it rendered 300 000 unemployed and, with their dependants, about two million poverty-stricken. It destroyed the very foundation of the economy, with agricultural production fast falling to less than a third of previous, positive levels. And, as a by-product master plan benefit, it alienated the majority of the international community (almost all other than some neighbouring states, and those of like dictatorial authoritarian natures).

When this provoked the international community to voice concerns, and to seek to motivate Zimbabwean reconsideration, this triggered Phase Four of the master plan. The well-intentioned representations of the community were responded to with very pronounced vitriolic and vituperative insults of such magnitude that, inevitably, any residual goodwill of the world at large was dissipated. With Zimbabwe’s economy fast collapsing, and with unequivocal rejection by government of all conciliatory and resolutionary representations and actions of the international community, that community had little or no alternative but to terminate support, other than humanitarian aid, for Zimbabwe, its government and its people. This enabled government to implement Phase Five of its master plan. In order to deflect attention from its culpability in destruction of the economy, and in order to further to destroy the economy, government embarked upon a programme, with progressively increasing intensity, to berate the international community for alleged imposition of economic sanctions, supposedly illegal.

That any country has a right to impose sanctions, and that therefore any imposition would not have been illegal, was disregarded, and continues to be so, as also in that no country has imposed economic sanctions upon Zimbabwe, save and except for the USA’s Zimbabwe Economic Democracy and Recovery Act. However, because of the state of the Zimbabwean economy, and the stance of the government, many are no longer disposed to gift or lend monies to Zimbabwe, other than for humanitarian purposes.

Phase Six of the master plan was to convert the free economy into one grossly over-regulated, with intense centralisation of economic controls in the hands of government, horrendously adverse and ineffective price controls, and the like. Concurrently, in order to worsen further the Zimbabwean investment environment, government pursued the admirable objective of economic indigenisation and empowerment, in the most cataclysmically ruinous manner possible.

All these phases have been, and continue to be, supported by innumerable sub-phases, including ongoing governmental profligacy. Surely no one can be so stupid as to have pursued these economic policies in good faith, so the conclusion must be that all such, and other actions, were and are elements of a deliberate Master Plan to emaciate the Zimbabwean economy.

 

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