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Fuel market infiltrated


Ideologically speaking, had I had been born in a free country like Botswana, United States or South Africa, I would probably be a ruthless, take-no-prisoner capitalist.

Even though, I still want to be termed and perceived a capitalist.

I harbour no shame in being associated with the “c” word.

In fact, in a hopelessly under-developed and politically-repressed country like Zimbabwe where I was born and live, my life revolves around three “p”s: people, politics and profits.

My life’s pursuit is anything that offers me maximum profit. I have a deep-seated resentment for exploits that attract overheads without a disproportionately higher return.

When I give, my hope is that the receiver will be inspired by that to give, when one has, and to have one has to expend some form of energy or another.

Capitalism is not taboo in my world, because without people manipulating factors of production for the sole purpose of profit, life is meaningless.

Materialism is not a sin. If you have no materials, you are likely to disgrace your neighbour with your crude nakedness.

This becomes a violation of her rights. Indecent exposure attracts the full wrath of the law.

When you offend the law, it may drag you to the bottom rung of illegitimacy.

Why would I want to exist below the poverty datum line (PDL)?

In any case, the PDL is repulsive because it reminds me of how man’s lack of ambition makes him depend on the benevolence of the capitalist.

Those who continue to refer to this line as a basis for negotiating minimum existence are driven by a feudal mentality of dependency.

While liberals are busy thinking about how best to exploit the free market ideology to make lives comfortable, socialists conspire to increase the numbers on the side of political plunder in the name of “equality” through expropriation of our private property, private companies, trademarks and assets.

There is therefore shame on the side of socialist and honour on the side of those who freely produce to advance the cause of civilisation.

But there are those whose fragile ideological emotions have been fractured by false allegations that liberalism and capitalism are the sole causes of world poverty and human misery.

These “vulnerable” beiangs choose to inflict pain upon themselves by shying away from reality.

Wikipedia says: “There is, however, little controversy that private ownership of the means of production, creation of goods or services for profit in a market, and prices and wages are elements of capitalism.”

Liberals are driven by a selfish desire to excel, then the community, in the process, benefits.

When Bill Gates writes new software, or Steve Jobs spends sleepless nights to make a new product, the proceeds of their sweat are not meant to build dip tanks in Shurugwi.

In selfish pursuits to make more profits for themselves and their children, the downstream benefit of this capitalist behaviour is not increased poverty in the world but changes the matrix of global information technology.

If Richard Branson had taken the wrong turn in life to be a social trade unionist whose miserable life revolved around “the common good”, there would be one less airline in the world.

South African academic P J Haasbroek refers to three values of capitalism as individualism, rationalism and materialism.

This perspective is in unison with Wikipedia that:

“There is, however, little controversy that private ownership of the means of production, creation of goods or services for profit in a market, and prices and wages are elements of capitalism.”

Such prophetic statements strike fear and trepidation in the hearts of pretenders, the band of fundamentalist, holier-than-thou purveyors of poverty who pontificate about the compatibility of poverty and spiritual purity.

Their gospel of “profit is evil” is dispensed with vigour to insulate own actions from public scrutiny as they lavish the comforts of liberal innovation under cover of darkness.

They remind me of Zanu PF that has adopted poverty as an instrument to further repression by antagonising capitalist liberals in pursuit of votes. This whole charade of indigenisation is a smokescreen of legalised plunder.

Take the petrol and diesel market in Zimbabwe, as an example.

I know that in the pursuit of legitimate profit, the association of petroleum suppliers tries hard to protect the interests of its members by balancing undue pressure brought by “unstable” global oil prices.

A rational excuse is that continued conflicting roles of the State through the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim) introduces a factor of price instability.

As I have always insisted, the government of Zimbabwe should expend energy in policy- making that nurtures free competition, not competing against its citizens.

Only three weeks ago, I could buy a litre of diesel for $1,15, but in a short space of time, crude capitalism has overshadowed good judgment to position diesel at $1,35.

I have no qualms whatsoever with profit, but as Wikipedia explains how “a cartel is a formal agreement among competing firms”, collusion is a sign of weakness, not entrepreneurship.

Instead of staring life in the face to compete and offer consumers the best price out of efficiency, Zimbabwe fuel suppliers toss and turn in beds to contrive ways of conniving to collaborate in primitive, near feudal of what I term “laziteering”.

Rejoice Ngwenya is a social commentator

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