History is important and yet we always leave it to politicians and musicians to regale us about relevant but mostly unimportant events. The reason is mostly that important stuff is intentionally hidden from view; this appears to be a human condition.
The best way to remember such things is by word of mouth among family and friends.
My recollection of the last thirty odd years starts with a bang because I was in Berlin a year after the Wall fell, meaning I was able to drive to the other side, ride in high speed trains, stay with a family, enjoy Christmas markets with them, visit tourist sites such as a 1417 silver mine museum, and learn about their culture such as schools, sports and universities.
What was clear to me, however, was that the Western take-over caused them to lose jobs, not gain jobs. Companies with Western competitors were callously bought and shut down. I was ashamed of course and the only re-building effort I noticed was West German attempts to upgrade infrastructure at a projected costs of two billion euros, which I later heard was successfully completed.
In South Africa my experiences were different because the focus was on affirmative action to accommodate the West’s Mandela star. (Note that the Zelensky star of 2022/3 is the same). This also meant that jobs were lost, but only for Whites and specifically for grey-haired Whites. The political settlement reached called for a general early retirement of Whites, especially in senior public positions, to be replaced with people chosen by Mandela’s organization called the ANC (African National Congress).
Almost in the wink of an eye, roughly a million (important) jobs were transferred to Mandela’s friends and family while thoseWhite early retirees basked in Cape Town’s Mediterranean sun. This was apparently a win-win situation, and everybody was happy. This was almost a baby-boomer type situation where the music industry grew dramatically, and people were free to go and do anything. Since American sanctions on South Africa was dropped, foreign tourism exploded, even buying land in choice locations. As part of the agreement reached with the Mandela star, international sporting events such as rugby and soccer world cups would be held there too (because it was previously sanctioned). Sport was seen as facilitating reconciliation, which later included saying sorry on an official forum (by any volunteers), handing in guns on a voluntary basis (which I did) and paying a once-off tax for something I can’t properly recall, either wealth or to benefit the previously disadvantaged in some way.
Basically, things were upbeat in South Africa and the town where I stayed had fifty new restaurants to choose from, South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and we were ecstatic. Business was booming and well-known South African businesses and even government enterprises such as the electricity utility Eskom and Sasol (fuels) expanded their horizons through export.
Clearly East Germany, the Balkan countries, and Russia proper did not get to be that lucky. Russian alcohol deaths rocketed as well as occupational fatalities in their mines. The East Germans told me unequivocally they would like a return to the Soviet. One can say that for roughly ten years the different situations described above for Russia and South Africa remained the same.
I would like to identify the year 2012 as a year of change that few people noticed in its proper sense, because whenever I think about all this, it seems to re-appear in a consistent manner. Normally one would identify periods of influence exerted by politicians such as President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa, President Obama in the US, and Chancellor Merkel in Germany for putting pedal to the metal, but people will then miss completely the simultaneous rise of Putin.
I mentioned two things but left out the second thing because it warrants its own space if you will. Using google statistics apparently, Steve Sailer picked up that the use of the word “diversity” exploded since 2012 (previously, we referred to it as “multiculturalism”). Of course, it was used already before that such as describing the 2008 housing crisis as a “diversity recession” (there may be another similar recession coming up in 2023). However, in my own recollection being on the email list of the World Bank in the early 2000s, diversity was developed as a political tool by making people around the world used to the idea that if diversity is positive for plants, then it will also be for humans. This means that it roughly took ten years to make people accustomed to the word diversity, to the extent that universities and politicians would start using it as if everybody knew what it meant. In the year 2023 in the West it is almost impossible to do business or borrow money if you do not adhere to the prescribed conditions determined by whoever decides what diversity is.
During the second ten-year period (2002 to 2012) things stabilized in a negative direction for South Africa. More and more White people at lower levels lost their jobs while the new champagne-capitalists found it difficult to determine what they should need, as opposed to what they want. This meant that while companies and bureaucracy could still function, it was the leadership that started to change from economic leadership to political leadership causing what was identified as the Vertical Integration Gap by economist Henk Langenhoven (whom I met). One example of this is the infamously corrupt weapons deal where choice Western nations (mostly Britain) were rewarded for supporting Mandela in his time of need by ordering useless weapon systems from them (I wonder if Ukraine will do the same for Britain). Another example of hubris is the South African attempt to be the President or something of the United Nations Security Council because South Africa still holds 200kg of nuclear active plutonium in its vaults and will sell it to Iran if the UNSC is not diverse, despite at least two attempts to steal the mentioned plutonium.
Russia’s break-up, by contrast, stabilized positively in the (2002 – 2012) period due to President Putin’s efforts to take control of what was left of the Russian Federation. I heard somewhere that the first thing he did was to re-establish education as a priority. Not the communist style where they took children away from parents, but rather proper schools and institutions. And I know for a fact that he stopped mining fatalities almost overnight, not by issuing new laws, but by calling mine owners onto the red carpet and dressing them down. There have been war-conflict in Russia (especially with Chechnya) which I would like to bundle together in the second decade for historic purposes. The point is that it took time for Russia to sort out its own diversity, if you will. This case study demonstrates that while the West pushed diversity as a utopian unifier, the Russians set about managing it as a problem.
The 2012 – 2022 period in South Africa depicts a country whose metrics went south, as they say. Citizens did not flee; they started to emigrate or became expats (like me). The irony is, that while capable people emigrated (Black and White), the stream of poor people from other African countries walked across the border in hordes leading to another new concept: xenophobic attacks. Diversity in its Western sense means White and Black, not Black and Other Black (sort of like Westerners noticing that the Irish are not White). Vigilante groups became popular and routine slaughtering happened with police looking on. Of course, nobody talks about this either, although silent attempts are made to limit this from spreading. The biggest corruption scam happened when the Gupta brothers came in from India to capture the State, no less. It is almost like the Deep State in America working for some Israeli such as Epstein. This affected the electric utility in South Africa, sabotaging it to such an extent that another new word emerged: load-shedding, which is where power distribution is regionally switched on and off to keep the national network stable, and it occurs daily. Today the country’s credit rating is grey listed.
In the case of Russia however, credit rating does not apply anymore, because Russia has bifurcated away from the rules-based-order and is doing its own thing; one could say it became nationalist whereas America became globalist. However, it was surprisingly an unintended outcome after America started applying political pressure on the Kremlin to toe the line. This pressure was not applied via the United Nations, but rather through NATO’s expansion. After the Cold War ended, NATO had literally no job to do. This is the same as what happened to the Oil-for-Food program the UN launched to help Iraq. When Iraq finally became democratic (after the Bush wars), this program was stopped, but they refused to stop. The same happened to NATO.
One can therefore say that NATO became a Dark Organization. It found a new purpose, which was to provoke Russia enough to allow the West to apply similar economic sanctions they applied to South Africa, to achieve roughly the same goal (to destroy South Africa). Whereas South Africa took a knee, Russia decided to go its own way, permanently, splitting from the Western arc. In 2023, it is up to the debilitated South Africa to decide how to do business with two world orders, the West, or the East, and that is a good thing for my grandchildren.
After the Berlin wall fell, things were the same for roughly ten years, then for another roughly ten years things started stabilizing, while after that everyone went different directions. Sarcastic people will say things went diverse, because while the intent was to unify people behind diversity, it apparently resulted in polarizing the same, literally driving separation of not only people, but nations. This is the West’s two-hundred-year analytical error.
As they say: be very careful what you wish for.