South African Manifesto-INTERNATIONAL PARTY


South African Manifesto

The International Party is one that believes in the following core ideas:
  1. Small states, cooperating globally.
  2. The dilution of power and the rule of law.
  3. Harmony with nature.
  4. Competitive and cooperative markets.
  5. Low cost and low interventionist policies.

More specific policy proposals for South Africa can be summarised as follows:
  1. Start the construction of three new cities of 10 million people each. This will create jobs and houses for millions.
  2. In these cities, start self-serving cooperatives where willing people are organised to work mostly for each other.
  3. Give much more independence to districts and provinces.
  4. Each child should receive a voucher to pay for education at a willing school of their choice.
  5. Each citizen should receive a voucher to visit a health care provider on a regular basis for a general check-up and health and dental treatment.
  6. Train more doctors and medical staff by reducing course lengths, abolish compulsory community service and remove other obstacles where practical.
  7. Simplify the deeds transfer system such that lawyers are no longer needed to operate the process.
  8. Introduce a maximum wage whereby no employee or consultant eventually (over 30 to 50 years) earns more than five times that of any other employee within a firm.
  9. Violent criminals, such as rapists, child molesters and murderers should be castrated as a method of deterrence, punishment and rehabilitation.
  10. Capital punishment should be allowed as an option to punish severe violent criminals such as serial murderers.

Opinion of the International Party on some current domestic issues:
Land reform
The ANC (ruling party) claims they will solve poverty in South Africa by the redistribution of land from whites to blacks. Their proposal is to amend the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. From a logical point of view, it is impossible to solve poverty by taking the land of white farmers, for the following reasons:
There are around 30 000 white commercial farmers in South Africa, but more than 30 million poor people. If the ANC redistribute all the white land to only 30 million poor blacks, then the land of one farmer will have to be subdivided between 1000 poor people. They will be destined to remain subsistence farmers, thus, they will not produce for a wider market besides themselves. In other words, they will not produce a surplus to be used by people in towns and cities. Consequently, a shortage of food will push food prices much higher in urban areas, affecting poor people severely, leaving many hungry and starving.

So what does the International Party suggests? We will establish new green cities next to the coast, with access to seawater for desalination in huge irrigation schemes. Building and operating these cities and farms will create jobs and homes for tens of millions within two decades.

Affirmative action (AA) and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)
When taking power, the ANC promised to break away from the habits of the past where racial classification were crucial to state policies. However, the laws of affirmative action and BEE are littered with references to race, setting targets and quotas in terms thereof. These laws discriminate on the base of race, which is against the spirit of the Constitution. One argument of the ANC is that ‘black’ is simply a proxy for the poor. However, this argument is illogical. The poor can be identified directly on the base of monthly income, no racial proxy is needed for them. The racial proxy side-line poor people of non-black races.
These AA and BEE laws added a massive administration and monitoring burden to employers and companies. To comply, they have to hire the services of specialised firms who inspect and certify BEE compliance. This added a huge operative cost to the economy, only benefitting law firms and accountants who profit from these services. This operative cost lowers competitiveness of the economy, resulting in lower growth and at the end, leaving the poor with fewer opportunities. Also, firms are no longer able to choose service providers based on price and quality, but are forced to do so on racial grounds. Consequently, input costs are raised and economic growth suffers.
Another consequence of affirmative action, though unintended, is the fall in service and management standards in the last two decades. The rush to replace non-black professionals and managers with black ones, resulted in the appointment of people on the base of their colour instead of merit and ability. Once again, operative costs increase, competitiveness drops, economic growth slows down and the poor suffers the consequences.
In conclusion, the ANC favours policies that it thinks will benefit poor black people, but at the end they suffer most from it, indirectly. This is a typical example of the ‘law of unintended consequences’.