In the soul of man under socialism

Oscar Wilde argues that humanity would do better under socialism than the way society is currently organised. We should abolish government because, in government, whether a monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy or even democracy, the individual is always under the authority of someone- the prince, the rich, the pope or the mob.

In his view, machines should do mundane work like mining, cleaning our streets and all, that man should aspire to being, not having. In writing about machines, he thinks they should benefit the common weal unlike now when one person owns a machine that does the work of hundreds living them unemployed and starving.

I am tempted to agree with his thoughts on journalism. Most of the journalistic work is horrible. It is meant for the mob and the mob as a group is not intelligent.

Whether his proposals are workable is a different matter altogether.

News from the New World

Is that maybe we don’t need a virus after all. This news is brought to you by one very bright scientist Hulk Hogan. He had this to say

Maybe we don’t need a vaccine,” Hogan wrote. “Maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters. Jesus.

Hindoos, Atheists, Muslims, Voodooists, Jews were not asked to comment on whether they thought Jesus is the answer.

In the meantime, mortal souls are busy working on trial vaccines, ventilators, masks, coffins and other material things that are making a real difference in the fight against the novel virus.

Depending on your inclinations, I urge you to keep social distancing practices, basic hygiene, exercise and if you are so inclined, to pray.

Essential goods in times of Covid19

As you are all aware, in the US of A, essential goods includes guns and ammunition. I think these are useful in killing the virus.

In SA where Ark lives you can’t go out to buy alcohol or cigarettes.

And here at home, among the goods considered essential for daily life is tobacco and alcohol. The who list can be found here. I must however add that I don’t trust this newspaper. It is what I would call gutter press.

I hope wherever you are, you are not missing on essential goods and services.

In other depressing news related to the virus, I read this doomsday post that basically says we are in for a marathon of self distancing, quarantines and economic hell for at least the next 18 months or when the laboratories working on a virus get one and it is wildly available all over the world.

What do you think? Is it too alarmist or should we think of reorganization of our lives in ways not imagined before.

Why has Africa been relatively unable to grow food?

I saw this question on quora and I didn’t read the answers given but I know a thing or two.

1. Colonial legacy- many African countries produce cash crops for export formerly to their former colonial masters. This means 60 years after independence we are still here convinced that we shall earn foreign exchange if we grow tea for export instead of maize and or other food products. I mean it makes dollar sense to plant what the monied need.

2. Trade agreements- if Burkina Faso were to produce enough food, the US would stop buying their cotton. montesato will not find a market to sell us their seeds that would destroy farms and all.

3. Intellectual property rights- I don’t need to say much here.

4. Cost of equipment- tied to the 1st point

Here and here are a few pointers to what I mean by the colonial legacy.