I am a pragmatist. (a person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person.)
The problem with being a pragmatist is that you cannot understand why everyone else is not a pragmatist. It seems logical to me that if you have a problem, you find the easiest possible solution in the shortest space of time based on the evidence of what works elsewhere.
Why doesn’t everyone think this way?
As a patriotic South African, we seem to constantly debate whether we should embrace the free market or blaze the trail back to 19th century by becoming the only country to regress to the discredited model of communism. This will guarantee that me, and all other pragmatists, have collective heart failure that we even waste time with this debate, when we look at the success stories in the world today. The USA remains the largest economy because of its commitment to the free market and China has risen from being one of the poorest and least developed places on earth 30 years ago, to the poster child for free markets. We won’t even mention the South Korea/North Korea or East/West German experiments.
Why are we still having this debate?
I observe local politics and it is obvious who is competent and who is not. Yet I see people with limited skill, little talent and no understanding being appointed to positions that they are not competent to handle with devastating effect to the country. We appoint people like Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Fikile Mbalaula, Tina Joemat-Peterson and the wonderfully named Kebby Maphatsoe to vital positions, yet we all know that these people could not manage a fish and chip shop.
Do our leaders not see this?
Surely we can all see that our economy is not doing well? Our deficit grows while our economy doesn’t. Unemployment is rising and this is leading to “service delivery protests”. Now the solution is so obvious to me that I feel like crying. Firstly adjust our Gestapo-like labour laws to increase employment and secondly incentivise the hell out of small businesses to encourage entrepreneurship. Perhaps this would even coax the best talent to stop working for our large corporates (or heaven forbid, the state) and to start their own businesses.
Does the finance minister not realise this?
In addition to being a pragmatist, I have unshakeable faith in human beings to be brilliant. We just have to look at the world today compared to the past to be utterly amazed. Nobody should ever put their cell phones in their pockets without considering the ingenuity and cooperation that it took to invent, develop and organise this magnificent service. In the space of a decade we have seen this marvellous invention grow from being a mobile phone to a mini-computer. This has all been achieved by the private sector being incentivised to imagine and to collaborate.
Why do bureaucrats think that they can do better?
I don’t even get weekends off, because I have to watch South African rugby. It is surely obvious to anyone with an IQ even as low as our President’s that the rules have changed and overwhelmingly favour the team with the ball. In other words DON’T GIVE THE BALL AWAY. Week in and week out I watch our South African rugby teams from the Springboks, to our Super Rugby teams, to our Currie Cup teams kick the ball away only to see the opposition keep the ball for 17 phases and score under our posts.
Do our coaches not see this?
Let’s start a movement, let’s get the word out. Pragmatists will rule and the world will be run according to our rules
1. Right is right and wrong is wrong
2. The best person must get the job and we will fire underperformers
3. We will acknowledge that not all people are created equally, some are geniuses and some are just stupid
4. We will not waste time having debates on issues which have been proven beyond doubt
5. We will introduce a weighted voting system based on tax contributions and IQ
6. We will introduce a weekly voting system similar to Idols; where we the politician who gets the most votes gets shot