Out from Africa

Liberals talk about the poor in America when advocating bigger government, but their arguments are lost when looking at those who are really poor and also seeing what the free market can do.

Recently I returned from Africa where I saw great poverty. Many Africans live from meal to meal, or from meal to skipped meal. Shoes are a worthy commodity and socks are non-existent in the poorest areas. Diseases from lack of food and immunity abound, as opposed to diseases that come from living a long life or having a chosen unhealthy lifestyle.

In America, not only do we have technology that much of the world still lacks, we even have repair shops and repairmen for that technology. Most of us can choose an unhealthy lifestyle and go to a gym to negate some of that unhealthy lifestyle.  There is not a need in America that the free market does not provide. We have it made here but liberal minded folk would have you believe that America is an oppressive nation rampant with people who are given no chance by an evil free market.  Therefore, they need government intervention to get them elected. For a fresh perspective on freedom, American liberals should take note of what is going on in South Africa.

While much poverty still exists in Africa, democratic republics with strong free market economies are growing, such as in South Africa. The downfall of legalized discrimination and the advent of economic freedom has opened that nation to unprecedented prosperity. Universities are pouring in with students so fast that they cannot keep up with demand; students whom, only two decades ago, were lucky to finish high school. Investment abounds and property values are rising. African bishops and pastors have even spearheaded the creation of new Anglican provinces, and other churches, in the United States and are bringing spiritual renewal in America.

However, there are some warning signs that this South African freedom and prosperity could be undone by the very policies the left advocates.

Some government programs designed to help the poor are creating a permanent underclass in South Africa. These programs are designed in the name of compassion but provide nothing to augment to the dignity of the individual.  There is no incentive for many to work when the government simply hands out money, as we have seen in America. It remains to be seen if South Africa will go the way of Europe with its socialistic policies that keep people economically down, spiritually disinterested, and creatively lacking.

Those who advocate for bigger government in America, and in South Africa, should look at the European failure of government intervention while marveling at the prosperity that expanded freedom has brought to South Africa. If they hold onto it, the freedom based economic miracle of people using the full talents that God has given them, may turn out to be South Africa’s greatest export to the world.