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Obama Toasts Socialist Who Destroyed Tanzania

From the Daily Caller:

Obama toasts failed African socialist

By Neil Munro | July 1, 2013

President Barack Obama toasted the founding dictator of post-colonial Tanzania on Monday, who collectivized the nation’s low-tech agricultural sector, established a one-party state and left that African nation’s economy in ruins.

“[Y]ou might say an American child is my child. We might say a Tanzanian child is my child,” Obama said after quoting the Tanzanian saying “my neighbor’s child is my child.”

“In this way, both of our nations will be looking after all of our children and we’ll be living out the vision of President [Julius] Nyerere,” Obama continued.

We thought he was quoting from Hillary Clinton’s ghost writer, and ‘It Takes A Village.’

“The core values that he proclaimed for Tanzania also describe what both our countries seek — wisdom, unity, and peace — Hekima, Umoja, na Amani,” Obama said at a state dinner, held at 9:00 p.m. local time.

“So what I’d like to do is to propose a toast … to our gracious Tanzanian hosts, to our Tanzanian friends and to wisdom, unity and peace that we all seek in the world. Cheers,” he told the invitees at the dinner, which took place in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam.

Nyerere “led a one-party state that nationalized key industries and created ujamaa, a rural, collective village-based movement of ‘African socialism’ and ‘self reliance,’” according to a 2011 report by the Congressional Research Service.

Yeah. And the point is?

That ujamaa policy was very fashionable among U.S. and European progressives in the 1980s, when Obama was attending Colombia University and Harvard University.

But it wrecked the nation’s economy, just as similar socialist planning wrecked the partly-developed economies of numerous African countries after European powers gave up their territorial claims in the continent.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, socialist-themed policies crippled the economies of Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia and several other African countries.

In Tanazania, Nyerere “was succeeded by the president of Zanzibar, Ali Mwinyi, who oversaw political reforms and a gradual transition to a market economy, in part due to economic collapse brought on by ujamaa and centralized economic management,” says the CRS report.

As a thought experiment try to imagine the outrage and mockery if George Bush or Mitt Romney had toasted such a man.

Still, at least Obama didn’t compare Mr. Nyerere to George Washington. But the Daily Caller article is actually being too gentle here. The man Obama praised, Julius Nyerere, was a complete disaster for Tanzania. He turned it into a socialist basket case.

From the archives of the UK’s Daily Telegraph:

Africa in a nutshell

By David Blair | May 10th, 2006

Tanzania won independence as early as 1961 – the first British colony outside West Africa to haul down the Union Flag. Under the leadership of Julius Nyerere, popularly known as "Mwalimu" or "teacher", Tanzania became the hub of Africa’s anti-colonial movement.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the likes of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Sam Nujoma of Namibia… all were inspired by Nyerere’s vision of African Socialisman – an egalitarian, agrarian society, in tune with traditional African values and shorn of the influence of the capitalist West.

Supported by China, Nyerere sought to turn Tanzania into this socialist haven…

This brilliant, liberal, humane man, filled with the very best of intentions, set about ruining his country in a few easy steps. First he collectivised all agriculture in Tanzania…

Disaster duly happened. Under the British, Tanzania had been Africa’s largest exporter of food. By 1976 – after Nyerere had collectivised agriculture – his bankrupt country was the largest importer of food in Africa.

Once "Mwalimu" had finished nationalising every industry in sight, the rest of the economy went the same way. By the late 1970s, Tanzania was a collapsing, chaotic shell, where the shops stocked almost nothing and even toothpaste was virtually unobtainable…

Nyerere, to his great credit, recognised that he had been responsible for a catastrophe. He stepped down voluntarily in 1985, after a mere 24 years in power, and publicly admitted his failure… His successors opened up Tanzania’s economy and welcomed western aid. Today, Tanzania is normally cited as one of Africa’s more successful countries.

From good intentions to diastrous policies to western bailouts. This is Africa’s four decades of independence in a nutshell.

And here are even more details on his successes, via Wikipedia:

Julius Nyerere

.. When in power, Nyerere implemented a socialist economic programme (announced in the Arusha Declaration), establishing close ties with Mao Zedong’s China, and also introduced a policy of collectivisation in the country’s agricultural system, known as ujamaa or "familyhood".

In 1967, nationalizations transformed the government into the largest employer in the country. The state expanded rapidly into virtually every sector. It was involved in everything from retailing to import-export trade and even baking. This created an environment ripe for corruption.

The private sector suffered from the multiplying cumbersome, bureaucratic procedures and excessive tax rates. Enormous amounts of public funds were misappropriated and put to unproductive use. Purchasing power declined at an unprecedented rate and even essential commodities became unavailable. A system of permits (vibali) allowed officials to collect huge bribes in exchange for the vibali. Nyerere’s policies laid out a foundation for systemic corruption for years to come. The ruling party’s officials became known as Wabenzi ("people of the Benz"), referring to their taste for Benz cars.

Collectivization was accelerated in 1971. Because the population resisted collectivisation, Nyerere used his police and military forces to forcibly transfer much of the population into collective farms. Houses were set on fire or demolished, sometimes with the family’s pre-Ujamaa property inside. The regime denied food to those who resisted. A substantial amount of the country’s wealth in the form of built structures and improved land (fields, fruit trees, fences) was destroyed or forcibly abandoned. Livestock was stolen, lost, fell ill, or died.

As a result of this centralized government-controlled focus on tobacco and tea dominating arable land with only cash crops beneficial to the central government, food production plummeted, and only foreign aid prevented starvation. Tanzania, which had been the largest exporter of food in Africa, and also had always been able to feed its people, become the largest importer of food in Africa. Many sectors of the economy collapsed. There was a virtual breakdown in transportation. Goods such as toothpaste became virtually unobtainable.

The deficit in cereal grains was more than 1 million tons between 1974 and 1977. Only loans and grants from the World Bank and the IMF in 1975 prevented Tanzania from going bankrupt. By 1979, ujamaa villages contained 90% of the rural population but only produced 5% of the national agricultural output.

Nyerere left Tanzania as one of the poorest, least developed, and most foreign aid-dependent countries in the world

So it’s easy to see why Obama would admire Mr. Nyerere. He did to Tanzania what Obama is trying to do to the US.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Toasts Socialist Who Destroyed Tanzania”

  1. Liberals Demise

    “It takes an idiot”
    Toasting ruination?
    I’ll bet he pissed his pants in glee.

  2. Noyzmakr

    Ain’t socialism great? There should be a mandatory college course on what happened in Tanzania and every college professor should have to live there for a year.

    Of course, the mindless libtards would claim it was corruption and not socialism that doomed the country, not realizing that socialism breeds corruption.

    Thanks for the education Steve.

  3. AcornsRNutz

    Seems funny this guy is so well versed in the history of failed marxist nations and third world crap holes, but gets really easy stuff wrong when he talks to our allies, even our own country and our 57 states. This guy spent time learning all this clap trap about this tinpot “President” and his vision.


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