The governing party will soon pick a new leadership and the next president of our republic. The ANC’s conference will be a warren of factions playing a variety of dirty tricks to gain control of the party and the nation. But what do the Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa factions really believe in? We don’t have to worry about Lindiwe Sisulu’s people; they’re a gardening club in the Antarctic.

All of which proves that capitalism and democracy are not mutually intertwined. While Lenin was implementing the New Economic Policy, he was also ramping up the secret police and thus setting the foundation for Stalin’s purges and the gulag archipelago. The continued repression in Tibet and Xinjiang and the recent crackdown in Hong Kong show that the Chinese state has no intention of ever adopting democracy. Not even a moderately corrupt international observer would declare the ANC’s internal elections free and fair. Democracy is more than elections. It is also about public oversight and cit...

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