- Jun 18, 2005
I think there are thousands of pages dedicated to the EWC debate on MyBB. EWC is a provision of many other Constitutions, even in Scandinavian constitutions. The radicalism of it comes down to the extent and the manner in which it is used. EWC is required as a tool in many countries for infrastructure development. CR's policy announcements around EWC and the due care that they will be taking has somewhat tempered this discussion, unless you believe the ANC is going to expropriate property to the extent that is reduces our economy to the equivalent of Zimbabwe's. For now, the ANC have been very liberal, but there have not been any extremist policies or actions from their end. They have spoken about a measured and reasonable approach to EWC, and they have not done anything since then to contradict those policy positions. There is talk of it from some factions within the policy, sure, but does not represent official ANC policy stances.Is EWC a radical leftist policy or not?
Whether the state takes land for itself or takes it for someone else is irrelevant, both trample all over private property rights and spit in the face of willing buyer-willing seller.
Look at 'Radical Economic Transformation' (CR still talks about this) where the ANC foresees government guiding the economy, increasing the role played by SOEs and expanding the public sector. A more nefarious implication of this is the forced compliance of the private sector. This is most certainly not associated with liberal policy.
If you follow EFF press releases, speeches at political rallies and gatherings, they talk about the contents of the manifesto. They live and breathe it. They use it to compare the ideologies to other political parties when agreeing to coalitions. There is no way they are going to casually walk away from that and merge into the ANC unless there is some meeting half way in terms of their beliefs. It will do more harm to the ANC than having the EFF members on board.
EWC is leftist to answer your question. But that's like stating the Alt Right is right and then trying to lump them into the same category (i.e. Republicans are the same as the Alt Right).