This M & G on-line article tells a tale of the poor driven by uncaring administrations to levels of social disobedience which are as unacceptable as is the behaviour of the uncaring administrations, the whole spiraling into a mess of oppression characterised by politically sanctioned evictions, beatings, torture, shootings and murder.
Because the Direct Democracy Forum care about the plight of the poor and believe that there is a place in the sun for every South African citizen and bemoan the plight of the communities written of in that article, and anticipate that that caring will tempt some to label the DDF as socialist or communist, we will examine the nature of socialism, to dispel any such ideas.
The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines socialism as “a system or condition of society or group living in which there is no private property and in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state”. Caring for the poor is not a feature of socialism. (see full definition here)
Since the DDF advocate the private ownership of capital and private ownership of the means of production, the DDF cannot be labeled socialist. In the FAQ “Are the DDF thinly disguised Communists?” the DDF describes itself as “libertarians with a social conscience”. The DDF are proud of being libertarian and having a social conscience and of championing individual empowerment and responsibility through education, training and encouraging economic opportunity.
By contrast, the African National Congress (black African National Socialists) want to corner both the means of production and the market-place through its cadres and follow in the steps of the avowed National Socialists of Germany (the Nazis) and white Afrikaner National Socialists of South Africa (the Nationalist Party or the Nats). As a consequence the ANC led South Africa is a great deal more socialist than a DDF led South Africa will ever be.
All of this is a preface to stating that a DDF administration will ensure that every poor South African is properly housed and skilled and in gainful employment (see DDF policies). This may take some years or even decades to achieve but never the less the process will commence from day 1 of a DDF administration’s term of office. The DDF will break the cycle of corruption, poverty and social disobedience that has led to depths of oppression and politically sanctioned evictions, beatings, torture, shootings and murder written of in this article, and that does not make the DDF socialist by any means, it just makes us responsible members of the human race.
The buck stops at the ballot box