Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Fat redistribution

John, the highly Eclectic Economist, always manages to find some interesting stories. Robert Mugabe, the brutal dictator of Zimbabwe whose confiscation of farms has turned the country into a "series of fallow fields, overgrown with grass, weeds and thorny scrub, as if some deadly scourge had swept through the valley," no doubt considers that his redistribution of property from productive owners to scavenging ZANU-PF war veterans will constitute an historical socialist legacy, but his government's latest plan to solve the North-South problem is so fantastically bizarre that it reveals the delusional insanity that actually governs from Harare.

From the Sunday Times of November 28, 2004,

Zimbabwe has come up with a bizarre proposal to solve the food crisis threatening half its population with starvation. It wants to bring in obese tourists from overseas so that they can shed pounds doing manual labour on land seized from white farmers.

The so-called Obesity Tourism Strategy was reported last week in The Herald, a government organ whose contents are approved by President Robert Mugabe’s powerful information minister, Jonathan Moyo.

Pointing out that more than 1.2 billion people worldwide are officially deemed to be overweight, the article exhorted Zimbabweans to “tap this potential”.

“Tourists can provide labour for farms in the hope of shedding weight while enjoying the tourism experience,” it said, adding that Americans spent $6 billion a year on “useless” dieting aids.
Note also from the article that the obese tourists' labour will actually support the party bigwigs who now possess the farms.

Will Venezuela be the next Zimbabwe?

1 Comment:

jomama said...

If you look thru all this you can
see the trappings of power...

...insanity.

Coming soon to a town near you.