Irish-born Canadian, Stefan Molyneux, is described by some as “probably the most influential libertarian thinker of our times.” He has certainly been quite contentious at times, and the views of the present author certainly differs from his in a number of respects, but the fact is that he has a solid following. Recently, he posted an expanded presentation on the subject of South Africa.
As author of AmaBhulu, I was very much surprised to hear my own written words transmitted at me in a very energetic Youtube presentation. Mr Molyneux has clearly read AmaBhulu in some detail, because he quotes verbatim from it no fewer than five times and relies on the book for other information and for some of the points he raises.
- Referring to the Dutch trading the Cape to the British in 1814, he quotes the line from page 99 of AmaBhulu: “Herewith the Dutch finally deserted their kin in exchange for coin.” This he does in order to make clear this author’s point that Afrikaners have not had anywhere “to go back to” since then. This profound point is lost on pretty much all commentators on South Africa, including most in South Africa. Finally, someone outside South Africa comprehends this crucial point.
- In respect of the Afrikaner’s attitude towards Communism, he quotes a section from page 342 of AmaBhulu ending in: “It was not so much the socialist philosophy as the total disrespect for religion and human life that created in the staunchly Calvinistic Afrikaner nothing but utter revulsion.”
- Molyneux also quotes the author on the matter of the economic gains for Black South Africans in the wake of changes made by P.W. Botha, as described on page 454.
- On the secret 1989 meetings in South Africa between the Soviets and the South African government, Molyneux quotes from page 484 of AmaBhulu.
- As regards Nelson Mandela’s meeting with P.W. Botha on 5 July 1989, he recounts this present author’s description on page 485 in the section “The inmate, the jailer, and the Coca-Cola.“
More generally, Molyneux appears to accept a number of points made in AmaBhulu. These include the fact that black people resided far to the east when the Dutch landed at the Cape (see the map below from AmaBhulu), and that the former were also immigrants. Unlike the Dutch, they drove off the indigenous Khoekhoe, which Molyneux regrettably refers to as “Blacks”. The Khoekhoe are, of course, a distinct anthropological grouping within the broader Family of Man.
He also understands that apartheid did not materialize out of thin air in a gush of collective malice. It was preceded by around 170 years of frontier strife with Black people. Molyneux has a degree in History and this likely accounts for the fact that he attributes importance to the subject.
He clearly understands that South Africa had turned a corner in the early 1980s and had started building a Black Middle Class. He seems to agree with the thesis of the author that the Northern Hemisphere White Liberal Guilty Conscience sits at the root of much of the harm that was done to South Africa by the West.
He also very aptly uses the summary the author provides on pages 549 & 550 of AmaBhulu on the subject of Black Economic Empowerment legislation. He cleverly replaces the word “Black” everywhere in the summary with the word “White” and amusingly suggests it was a 1948 National Party act. He strings along the unwitting racist and then, at a suitable point, explains that this is actually a 2003 Act and the word “White” is replaced everywhere by “Black”.
Molyneux then confronts the viewer with: “If you suddenly see this legislation in a more favourable light, then congratulations! You now know that you are a racist.” Brilliant! I can see a whole bevy of people I have met in my life splutter and cough and search desperately for an intellectual door to leave by. He provides none such as he then launches into his summary opinion.
He believes that South Africa is a today a “Tragic Missed Opportunity“, a “Gaping and Opening Hell Hole.” He very appropriately ends with “If we don’t know the facts, we can never be in control of the future.”
The present author agrees on this point and contends that the Western Media has never really had the facts about South Africa. All it has ever had has been a psychotic degree of guilt complex which it attempted to address by beating up on the most exposed and most endangered of all nations in the Western Family of Man, the white man in Africa.