What is an Economy? – REALLY?



Also written several years ago:


“The word economy is frequently used and frequently abused.

Having been exposed to a basic understanding of economics in the 1980’s I have from time to time pondered the question “what is this thing we call an economy?”

This article seeks to answer that question based on my observations over the entire duration of my life.

The following headlines seem to me to be the most relevant subject areas in determining the success or failure of an economy with particular reference to the economy of South Africa at present.


1.  Succeed by engineering against failure

In considering the points that follow there is a fundamental principle applied by engineers which is "succeed by engineering against failure" – this principle requires that we identify the things that cause failure and manage them out of the project or environment in order to achieve successful outcomes.

Thus, when the points below address negative issues this is done from a perspective of addressing factors that cause failure in order that we may design failure out of the economic system.


2.  An economy IS a symbiotic collection of human beings

Over the last few years, as I have become increasingly aware of the importance of early childhood experience, I have concluded that an economy is a collection of people who harness knowledge and experience symbiotically to create a financial dispensation that is better than that which existed previously.

Symbiosis refers to the productive coexistence of organisms in nature or to the productive coexistence of people in an economy.

One person identifies a need in society and starts a business in order to service that need.

In order for that business to run effectively other knowledge and experience is required, other products are required, etc and so the operation of that business symbiotically creates the need for other businesses or enterprises and so the economy grows.

If the vision of those who are starting businesses and other enterprises is ambitious the resulting economy will stretch limits and push boundaries.  If the vision of those people is constrained, as in a survival economy, the resulting economy will be constrained.

And so we see a close correlation between symbiotic increases in knowledge and experience and the growth of an economy and, by extension, loss of knowledge and experience leading to a contraction of an economy which is the threat facing South Africa today.

It is the attitude and vision of people which determines the scale and success or otherwise of an economy.  Thus we see that in some nations there is much greater prosperity than in others.


3.  2% of the population define the economy

It has been said that 2% of a population know how to create wealth and that these people define the level of prosperity of the society, 12% know how to mobilize talent and resources to assist the 2% to create wealth and the remaining 86% are oblivious to the workings of the economy and think that wealth happens by magic or favouritism or some sort of behind the scenes connivance directed at depriving the majority of the something that is actually theirs.

The lack of awareness of this statistic is a major problem in most economies today and in particular in South Africa.  Where politics and other actions alienate those who know how to create wealth and those that know how to assist them to create wealth such that those people leave, as has been happening in South Africa for some time now, the economy starts to decline.  The decline may not be visible to those who are not aware of the finer details of how an economy works but they are visible nonetheless.

If South Africa is to provide wealth for all its people it needs to attract and retain those who know how to create wealth and those who know how to assist them to create wealth.


4.  An economy is NOT something that can be redistributed

Inherent in the previous points is a realization that an economy cannot be created by redistribution.

If the people who are not wealthy knew how to create wealth they would be wealthy, there is nothing preventing them from becoming wealthy.

Commercial farmers operate large farms not because they were given the farms as some sort of hand-out but because they have proven their ability to mobilize resources of capital, machines, people, etc to conduct agricultural endeavours on previously undeveloped land in a manner that allows them to draw a moderate income and still have money left over to buy seed, fertilizer and other inputs and pay workers.

If the workers knew how to do this there is plenty of vacant land available for them to demonstrate their skills in this area.


5.  Engineering, technology and methodology are central

Technology and technical aptitude are central to the success of an economy.

A society that carefully applies technology and methods and maintains and nurtures that technology is one that will prosper, a society that drains finance away from maintenance of infrastructure and construction of new productive infrastructure such that existing infrastructure decays and becomes derelict, as is increasingly happening in South Africa, will eventually sink into poverty and so-called "third world" status.


6.  Attitude, morale and words make or break an economy

People with a positive attitude and work ethic and positive morale build up other people and the resulting synergies raise the level of emotional energy in the community and this creates wealth creating activities.

Negative and destructive words, like "kill the Boer" destroy morale and break down the fabric of society.  Constantly complaining that the bulk of the economy is "dominated" by white males when white males have created the economy in question is destroying morale and creating a situation where those of us who are deemed to be offenders because of our gender and skin colour are increasingly incentivised to seek other countries which recognize our skills and abilities.

The same discrimination in the reverse direction up to about thirty years ago was equally destructive, taking unacceptable behaviour and turning it around in the opposite direction does not make discrimination any more palatable or effective.


7.    Lean and facilitative Government stimulates an economy

Universally around the world we see that Governments which limit their direct involvement in the economy stimulate growth far more effectively than those that get actively involved in the economy and try and manipulate and control it.

An economy is a consequence of the collaborative and cooperative efforts of human beings who know how to create wealth, it is NOT the outcome of bureaucratic interference in the economy by people who clearly do not know how to create wealth – otherwise they would be independently wealthy in their own right.


8.    Early childhood experience creates the foundation for an economy for education to build on

I continue to see how the performance of adults is framed by their experience in the first seven years from conception.

Personality, work ethic, career interest, behaviour in relationships and many other characteristics of human endeavour are informed and dramatically shaped by early childhood experience.

If we desire to see wealth distributed more widely we need to distribute the knowledge and experience in early life that will enable the majority of the population to contribute more directly and more dynamically in growing the economy.  In the absence of such stimulation and in the presence of badly planned and badly executed experiments executed on an entire generation, as we have with Outcomes Based Education, we will see a degradation in the economy twenty to fifty years later.

While having a lesser impact, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education must all be of a high standard if the economy is to thrive.


9.  All the rest

There are any number of other factors that inform the viability of an economy but I believe that those listed above are the principal factors.  If the factors above are addressed there is a reasonable prospect that an economy will prosper, if these factors are ignored or, worse still, countered, the economy will degrade although this could take up to fifty years to become visible.”

As with the previous article you will see in the rest of this book that I have become significantly more conservative than I was at the time I wrote the above article.


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President Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, leads the ANC Leadership and tens of thousands of ANC supporters in singing "The Cabinet will shoot the Boer with machine guns" in Bloemfontein on 8th January 2012 -- it appears that he may well have done this AGAIN on 16th December 2012

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This violates his Oath of Office, the Constitution, and, and, and -- it is a basis for impeachment

The agreement reached in October does NOT neutralize the culpability of the PRESIDENT doing what you will see here

This is NOT a "struggle song" -- the Cabinet during the struggle was made up of Boers -- this is a MODERN song

There is a direct correlation between this and the massive rate of white murders discussed in this book and on this site (between 68,800 and 165,000 since 1994)

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Do NOT Impute Motive -- the ANC and the Afrikaners

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Zuma leads tens of thousands in singing about murdering whites -- an in-depth analysis of why this is so destructive

The South African Extreme white murder rate -- what is driving it? -- analyzed in-depth

What was Apartheid Really? -- an in-depth analysis of why Apartheid was NOT what it is widely believed to be



· Preamble

· Simplifying Complexity – my Analytical Approach

· Who AM I?

· What I am Feeling (same as most Europeans?)

· Evidence of Impending Collapse

· The Audience for this Book

· The Level of Murders of Europeans

· Race – The Unmentionable Fundamental that is Driving it ALL

· To my African Countrymen – WHY I am Alienated

· Why am I so UNSETTLED?

· 10 Concrete things the ANC is doing that are causing Irreversible Economic Damage

· There ARE Highly Intelligent and Highly Capable Africans – BUT…


The Critical Issues

·         The Critical Issues Overview

·         Mythology

                o   SA Myths Debunked

                o   What the White Man Brought to South Africa

o   The Truth about Exploitation, Oppression, etc

o   Erroneous Thinking in terms of Majority Rule

o   Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment are Complete Misnomers

o   The Black Settlement Phenomenon – Total Lack of Creativity and Initiative – Social Helplessness

o   How is Prosperity Created?

o   How is Poverty Created?

o   The ANC is Founded on a Fundamentally False Premise

·         Economic Meltdown -- The Time Trajectory of Strategic Collapse

·         The ANC’s REAL Agenda?

·         Black Population Explosion

·         The Collapse of Education

·         South Africa is NO Longer a Democracy

·         Other 


The Intangible Factors Driving South Africa’s Collapse

·         The Dunning-Kruger Phenomenon ? Arrogant Ignorance and Other Destructive Consequences

·         Understanding Early Childhood Learning and its Impact on South Africa

·         Understanding “Power-Fear” and its Negative Consequences for South Africa

·         The African “Garden of Eden” Mindset (Money Grows on Trees)

·         Greed Versus Prudence

·         Understanding versus Rote Learning

·         Assets and People do NOT EQUAL Wealth

            o   The Land Issue

            o   Asset Obsession and things that are NOT Wealth

            o   Different Definitions of Wealth – Another Point of Difference

·         Genetics?

            o   Major Gaps in African Deductive Reasoning – Cause and Effect, etc

            o   Is the Manifest Cause and Effect Cognitive Gap Throughout Africa Evidence of a Genetic Short Coming?

·         Words – Harder than Concrete

·         The African Victim Drama and European Rescue Drama Dynamic

·         Communism – Exacerbating Power-Fear and Arrogant Ignorance

·         Witchcraft and Ancestor Worship – Central to Understanding

·         European Fundamentals that Mask the Seriousness of the Situation

                o   Attributes of Europeans and Africans Contrasted

                o   Psychodynamics of Africans and Europeans

o   European Fundamentals – Towards Understanding South Africa 2013

o   Mistakes the Europeans (especially Afrikaners) made

o   The 2%:12%:86% Wealth Creation Phenomenon amongst Europeans

o   Fundamental European Values at a Wealth Creator, Wealth Developer Leadership Level

o   What South African Europeans do Instinctively to Accommodate Africans

·         Liberalism

            o   Incorrect beliefs of Liberal, Christian Europeans

            o   Liberalism – Seriously Clouding the Issues

·         The Religious Dimension

·         Apartheid

            o   Overarching Headlines a Week after Reading the book “Bulala” by Cuan Elgin

            o   Thoughts after Reading Bulala – A True Story of South Africa by Cuan Elgin

            o   What WAS Apartheid? – REALLY?

            o   Afrikaner Racial Hostility, Distrust, Fear and Arrogance – Truth with Wrong Attitude

            o   The Afrikaner Paradox – Blessed AND Persecuted

            o   Apartheid – Afrikaner South Africa’s Public Relations Disaster 

                    o   Critical Population Statistics

                    o   White Unemployment

                    o   Afrikaner Alienation

Some Important Principles

·         Creating Wealth in the New South Africa

·         What is an Economy? – REALLY?

·         The Fundamentals of Mining

·         What is the Purpose of Government?

·         Why South Africa could NOT have Grown much more before 1980


Other Considerations

·         Did you know? – things that are breaking

·         An Alternative Summing up

·         Why is the Johannesburg Stock Exchange so Strong?

·         Letter to the Editor of a Professional Journal

·         Letter to the Editor of an Afrikaans Newspaper about Zuma singing Shoot the Boer

·         Why are Europeans NOT much more Energized in Defending themselves?

·         Why did the ANC only really have an impact from the late 1940’s?

·         Lessons from Dingaan and Retief ? Treachery

·         The Battle of Blood River – a Case Study in African Fundamentals

·         What IS Democracy?

·         What the British Brought

·         A Prophetic View – “The Almighty Speaks on South Africa”


Possible Courses of Action

-         Technically Valid Corrective Actions – Envisioning the Impossible

-         What can YOU do?

-         The basis for Europeans Withholding BEE, AA and tax and Demanding Change NOT the way to go

-         Your Options

-         Defensive Actions to Consider

 -         Get the message across

        -         Contact Newspapers around the World -- nearly              300 eMail Addresses

        -         Contact Europeans Parliamentarians

        -         Contact Diplomatic Missions 

        -         Western Cape


Conclusion – The Essence of my Views on South Africa


Fast and Pray -- Some Spiritual Considerations


Follow up -- Developments after completing the book


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