Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"What We Should Learn from the Lack of Maintenance in Africa & the Rest of the Perennial Third World"

Perhaps close to 30 years ago I bought a copy of Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's Leftism Revisited, in which he informed his readers that foreigners have alien mentalities and those mentalities aren't going to be changed. It's why when the incompetent Dubya Shrub Bush started babbling about our being attacked "for our goodness" and how these inbred Third Worlders needed "democracy" I knew the fool was utterly clueless.

Why should we try to save those who are trying to murder us? Multiculturalism? When tribes try to share the same land genocide is the result.

Kuenelt-Leddihn also wrote that sooner or later the right has to 'knock the heads" of the left. Is there anyway around this? I don't know. History does say their heads need to be knocked and hard.

This article is from al fin next level.

All technology requires maintenance. When technology is not maintained, it eventually stops working as designed. This is a problem everywhere, but particularly in third world countries — especially Africa.

White rule in South Africa ended in 1994. It was about ten years later that power outages began, which eventually reached crisis proportions. The principle reason for this is simply lack of maintenance on the generating equipment. Maintenance is future-oriented, and the Zulu entry in the dictionary for it is ondla, which means: “1. Nourish, rear; bring up; 2. Keep an eye on; watch (your crop).” In short, there is no such thing as maintenance in Zulu thought, and it would be hard to argue that this is wholly unrelated to the fact that when people throughout Africa say “nothing works,” it is only [a slight] exaggeration. - Gedaliah Braun, “How Africans May Differ From Westerners”

Gedaliah Braun went to Africa to teach philosophy at African universities in the 1970s, then settled in South Africa in the late 1980s. He summarised many of his African observations in this essay. A more expanded, book-length set of observations by Braun can be found here. From observing and interacting with Africans first-hand, Braun discovered that Africans take a distinctly different approach to life than do Europeans and other westerners. His honesty in describing these differences can be disconcerting to many, but can also be refreshing to others.

More on “maintenance in Africa” from another observer:

All along the way, wreckage was strewn beside the tracks—railway cars hauled from where they’d derailed or broken down, and left to decay like great, dead beasts.

As we looked out at these rusting carcasses, my cabinmates began talking about the railroad, and what it said about their societies. “This is a good train,” said Isaac, with a trace of bitterness, “but like any piece of equipment, it needs maintenance.” Daniel Simwinga, a voluble, Bible-toting Zambian, responded, “Everyone knows you can’t keep getting milk from a cow without feeding it grass.” (Daniel was bringing a shipment of auto parts and other goods south. As a commercial trader, he rides the Tazara as often as twice a month, and is well versed in its shortcomings.)

“As soon as we have problems, we ask someone else to take care of them for us,” Isaac continued. “We ask the Europeans. We ask the Americans. We ask the Chinese. We will run this train into the ground, and then we will tell the Chinese we need another one. This is not development.” I thought of the wreckage by the tracks. In China, there is no such thing as metallic waste. Armies of migrant workers scour the countryside with hammers and chisels, collecting and selling every scrap to the insatiable smelters that feed the country’s industries. Here, by contrast, was a land without industry.

The World Bank and the United Nations did surveys for a Tazara-like line in the early 1960s, and both concluded that such a railway would be neither economically feasible nor sustainable. But China built the line, between 1970 and 1975, at the behest of two African leaders: Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, who wanted to open up the remote south of his country and bolster his pan-African credentials; and President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, whose landlocked country was seeking an alternative to the trade routes south through white-ruled Rhodesia.

Within a decade, the line was suffering from repeated breakdowns, landslides, and management failures. Planners had envisioned running 17 trains a day, but by 1978 there were only two.

We can hear the same complaint, “Nothing works here!” coming from other locations, such as Detroit.

Public services are near collapse because of repeated budget cuts. Crime has been at elevated levels for a prolonged period. Recent figures show that about 40 per cent of street lights do not work. Only a third of ambulances are in service because maintenance funds have been slashed.

“Nothing – nothing works in this city,” said Sheila Cockrel, who spent 16 years serving on Detroit City Council. Since stepping down in 2009, she has been teaching at Wayne State University. “It takes 58 minutes for a police car to come if they accept your call,” she added. “The only calls they accept are if there’s a gun and they believe you’re not lying when you say it. In my middle-income neighbourhood, we pay a private security service … Once I was in my house at three o’clock in the afternoon and three young men tried to break in. The first call I made? Threat Management.”

Ms Cockrel is referring to Threat Management Centre, a private security company which operates from a black building near the Detroit River waterfront. It is among the many private firms that some residents have resorted to as the city struggles to provide adequate services.

Another broadly defined population that has difficulty with maintenance is the Arab population.

3) Their values are fundamentally different from ours, their self-esteem is derived from a different source.

4) Not only can they not build the infrastructure of a modern society, they can’t maintain it either.

The very concept of “maintenance” is foreign to them.

5) They do not think of obligations as running both ways.

With us, contractual and moral obligations tend to be equal and reciprocal. They don’t see it that way.

It is easy to see why high tech infrastructures cannot survive without outside help in societies that do not value maintenance and obligations.

The philosophy professor Gedaliah Braun believes that Africans do not possess many modern concepts in their minds because their tribal languages lack words to describe those concepts:

… if Zulu didn’t have the concept of obligation, how could it have the concept of a promise, since a promise is simply the oral undertaking of an obligation? I was interested in this, I said, because Africans often failed to keep promises and never apologized—as if this didn’t warrant an apology.

A light bulb seemed to go on in his mind. Yes, he said; in fact, the Zulu word for promise—isithembiso—is not the correct word. When a black person “promises” he means “maybe I will and maybe I won’t.” But, I said, this makes nonsense of promising, the very purpose of which is to bind one to a course of action. When one is not sure he can do something he may say, “I will try but I can’t promise.” He said he’d heard whites say that and had never understood it till now. As a young Romanian friend so aptly summed it up, when a black person “promises” he means “I’ll try.” - Gedaliah Braun

Limited languages can limit the concepts that a native speaker can consider. But why are the languages limited in the first place? Most modern societies simply borrow words from other languages as needed, and incorporate them into everyday use. Could it be that Africans are so isolated from other cultures that they haven’t had a chance to “borrow” enough words and concepts to catch up? Africa stayed where it was for millenia – they didn’t invent an alphabet and written language, neither did they make use of wheeled transport except in isolated cases. These are two of the corner stones of any technological society. Engineering is based on mathematics. Another discipline Africa knew nothing of. - Why is Africa Still Backward?

Mathematics and maintenance are two cornerstones of technological societies, but African languages did not have words for either concept. It is not clear that simply adding more words is going to fix the problem.

… if anything is to ever change Africans better get off their back­sides, end their usual chaotic ways [, and start] working extremely hard, smart and purposefully. The sadly outnumbered none-whiners know we can only ever make something positive of our societies by aspiring to be punc­tual in whatever we do, be time conscious and avoid this usual, dangerous nonsense called “Af­rican time;” they know effort, intelligence and innovation should be rewarded, instead of reward­ing tribe or kinsman; they know we should look at the long-term picture instead of corruptly plun­dering whatever little resources at your country’s disposal. - African Mentalities, African Backwardness

As anyone who has tried to stop smoking, problem drinking, or other harmful behaviours knows, it is easier to say that one will change, than to actually work through the changes. This is particularly true if one is strongly predisposed to the problem behaviours, and poorly equipped to overcome them.

Beneath the level of limited language, is the level of limited cognitive apparatus. Whether average sub Saharan African IQs cluster around 70 because of innate genetic limitations, or whether high rates of disease and parasitism combined with poor nutrition, poor child-raising and education techniques, and other environmental problems conspire to hold average IQs down — the very fact of low average IQs in Africa is a very salient and repeatable finding. Low average IQs seem to have many consequences for populations, which no amount of PC denial can obscure.

African populations are growing at higher rates than human populations in other parts of the world, with significant trends toward ever larger cities. If nothing can be done to improve basic quality-of-life infrastructure across the dark continent, a massive human tragedy of violence, disease, starvation, and poverty seems inevitable.

The same tragic failure of basic concepts such as maintenance, obligation, mathematical and scientific concepts, and other simple ideas of modern life, can be seen across much of the third world — where most human population growth is taking place on Earth.

As advanced populations die off from lack of reproduction, and more primitive populations grow exponentially — thanks largely to assistance from more advanced populations — where does the breakpoint occur? When do things “just stop working?” When are medicines and vaccines no longer safe to use — except through special channels reserved for elites inside and connected to governments? When do buildings and bridges begin to collapse more routinely, and highways and railroads cease to be maintained? When does it become too difficult to maintain ships, aircraft, power plants, and power transmission infrastructure?

It’s already happening now in scattered parts of the third world. That tendency to infrastructure decay will spread with demographic decline. The main opposing force will come from modern and wealthy entities who need something from these declining regions, such as energy, minerals, natural resources, and cheap labour. Construction and maintenance will be provided from the outside, temporarily, and in a focused manner. Meanwhile, the clutter and devastation from repeated failures will accumulate and spread, like the successive fields of wrecked trains blooming next to rusting African railroads.

Advanced populations in Europe, East Asia, North America, and Oceania, seem to be choosing to “de-breed” themselves out of existence. This “debreedment” is not to be confused with a much needed “debridement” of violent and decaying cities around the world.

Low IQ societies which cannot provide their own “quality-of-life” infrastructure, would die in their own congested squalour, without the help of advanced outsiders and market dominant minorities. That problem is coming to a head quickly. What can we do which would be both rational and PC compassionate?


Robert What? said...

Even more ironic, these are the people that Western "leaders" are trying to import into their own countries.

Maple Curtain said...

Possible immigration/refugee policies for Western nations:

1/ No you can't come in;
2/ Not my problem;
3/ Stand and fight; see #2
4/ Ban all flights from countries with refugee claimants arriving by plane

Possible foreign aid policies for Western nations:

1/ Treason charges for anyone (especially "Christians" sending money or wheat or any other goods for free to 3rd world hellholes and undermining what little economic activity that they have going);
2/ None, nada, not my problem

My neighbour is my neighbour, not someone 5000 miles away.

Let Africans and Arabs solve their own problems, and not the Bradford/Rochdale/Dearbornistan way.

Anonymous said...

Excellent piece.

Thank you.

John J said...

What a coincidence. I had a new client in my office today, a young man from Nigeria, and we were chit chatting about his home country. Before I knew it, he was volunteering that his country had severe problems .. and then he sort of hesitated and said, "I know I probably shouldn't say this, but our country got independence too soon. If you look around Africa the only country that works is South Africa which which is the only one that still has whites." He wasnt trying to tell me something I wanted to hear, I'm sure. He had no reason to assume I was neo-reactive or anything like that. In fact, in context, he should have assumed I was a white liberal.

Glen Filthie said...

Well, all that is obvious to all but the blacks, liberals and stupid people - but I repeat myself.

There's another option being openly discussed in the furthest reaches of the internet: the re-introduction of slavery. If you get your head around all the objections that were indoctrinated and forced on you since childhood - yes, the argument can be made. Under apartheid - at least blacks were productive and everyone had enough to eat and a job.

Efforts to help blacks civilize themselves have all failed. I dunno if a return to slavery is warranted...but this 'free money for stupid people' is only fuelling graft and corruption - and possibly the egos of white social justice warrior morons.

Perhaps a more humanitarian form of serfdom would help blacks redeem themselves? It's clear the vast majority of them do not understand freedom and they don't know what to do with it...

Mindstorm said...

It's cute that you equate segregation with slavery, Glen. It shows your ignorance.

Dusty Meckelford said...

Cool story, John J.

And Glenn, just how do you even propose to reinstitute slavery for those darkies? Please, I am all ears regarding your plan.

"Efforts to help blacks civilize themselves have all failed."

Well, considering how you turned out, you would fall in the same category of those individuals whom you label "savage".

kurt9 said...

I consider effective maintenance to be THE defining characteristic of sustainable industrial civilization. Maintenance not only demonstrates cognitive ability and a firm understanding of reality. It also demonstrates future time orientation. All of these characteristics are foundational to industrial civilization. Societies that fail to perform basic maintenance do not qualify as civilization by my definition.