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The coming African revolution

on Sunday, 01 May 1960. Posted in Politics

While the world's press and Socialists everywhere have been applauding Prime Minister MacMillan's famous "winds of freedom" speech to the South African Parliament, there has been 90 mention of the growing number of warnings coming from authorities who understand the realities of the African situation. These  authorities warn that the British Prime Minister's address could be a major factor in hastening a revolution in Africa, leading first to chaos and then to Communist exploitation of the chaos.

The black African Nationalist leaders, most of them demagogues of the worst possible type, are already reacting by boldly stating that not even a multi-racial society will be acceptable to them: the European minorities, who alone have brought a degree of law and order out of barbarism, must now become completely subservient to all-native governments "elected" by peoples who are still primitive in their outlook.

The much publicized Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr. Nkrumah, has indicated his conception of democracy by throwing his political opponents into prison and forcing others to flee the country.

Even in the Belgian Congo, once regarded as the most stable colonial area in Africa, the rot has set in and it is now claimed that the MacMillan address has hastened its spread as the Belgians prepare to abdicate both power and responsibility. There is open talk now of Jomo Kenyatta, one of the inspirators of the frightful Mau Mau terror being freed to participate in the feverish developments.

European non-Nationalist supporters in South Africa have become increasingly shocked as they fully realised the full implications of the MacMillan policy, a policy which goes far beyond anything they have ever suggested as an alternative to the "Apartheid" policy of the Nationalist government. It is clear that the Nationalist party will now gain increased support from sections of the non-Nationalist groups as it is realised that the coming revolution in Africa could eventually force the Europeans to evacuate every part of the continent.

Another aspect of African developments which has been completely overlooked except by a few penetrating observers, is the fact that every new state created in Africa means an increased number of delegates in the United Nations who consistently vote for pro-Communist policies. Already the majority preventing Red China from being seated in the United Nations has been dangerously reduced. How many Australian members of parliament have looked ahead and considered the possibility of a majority in the United Nations demanding that Dutch New Guinea be handed over to the Indonesians? If the real history of the present period is everwritten, MacMillan's "winds of freedom" address will be recalled as being even more disastrous than his famous mission to Moscow to prepare the way for the march to the Summit.

The New Times - March 11, 1960

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What Mr. Butler has said above about South Africa can hold equally true of any other territory where change is wrought through the fomenting of tumult and armed violence. Men have from time to time during the course of history resorted to arms in order to win freedom and defend their rights. Such were the early Americans who rose together when all other means of attaining justice had failed. Such was the case in Britain itself — the Mother of the parliamentary system — when the Barons rose against John; when the middle class rose against  Charles under Cromwell.

However, in many countries today, armed tumult is openly being fomented without recourse being had to more peaceful measures. This is an open invitation to Communism. When violence enters, some form of dictatorship invariably accompanies it. The extremely radical and the violent are seldom the safest or surest roads to freedom.

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