According to Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post, ZA is on the verge of falling apart:
Which goes against what the people who actually live here seem to believe:
My friend sent me the article referenced in the blog post above because of my answer when he asked, “Africa is so far behind the rest of the world in terms of development. How long do you think it’ll take us to catch up?”
Me: “Maybe in one definition of development, but – .”
Him: “No, it is! You can’t deny that Africa hasn’t been able to catch up with the rest of world. Even though India has a colonial history, it has still been able to grow into a powerful nation.”
*Discussion back and forth about postcolonial countries and their societies prior European contact. Eventually getting back to original question.*
Me: “To be honest, I think the current neoliberal capitalist system is going to collapse before Africa ever catches up.”
Him: [surprised expression] “What do you mean?””
Me: “The beauty of capitalism is its ability to reinvent itself despite small crises. But over the past few years, the crises we’ve experienced haven’t been small anymore: the 2008 economic meltdown, Europe. I don’t think people will stand for it much longer.”
Him: “And where will this revolution start?”
Me: “I think in the United States. Occupy was just the beginning.”
So don’t worry South Africa! The world’s economic system needs a major overhaul anyways. In fact, I think this country would do better trying to create its own definition of prosperity and success instead of trying to catch up with western standards.
Although, by western standards, the business leaders in this country are doing a fine job of exploiting the poor. Ah, capitalism at its best.