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Zimbabwe: “This land is our land, this land is our land…”

I missed this in the Mail & Guardian last week, but thanks to Bethany at Indefinitions, it’s only late instead of never.

The government of Zimbabwe has declared “all land shall be state land and there will be no such thing called private land.”

Oh, good Lord. We tried that here once, at Plymouth back in the 1620s. The Pilgrims learned the hard way that when all work is for the collective, you don’t get enough productivity out of the workers to feed everybody.

Put another way, the single men were ticked that they had to work to feed the wives and kids of the married guys, and the industrious were cheesed that the lazy men got as much from the community granary as everyone else. So everybody slacked off, and a lot of people starved.

It wasn’t until the Pilgrims instituted–ta daa!–private land ownership and allowed people to keep the increase that the colony became a raging success, growing so much surplus that they were able to trade with the Indians for beaver pelts, which were sold for big profits back in England.

Watch what happens in Zimbabwe and the surrounding countries over the next few years. It’s going to be tragic.

Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of southern Africa. By nationalizing the land, the government there has just condemned thousands of people to death by starvation.

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