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The root of bad governance in South Africa

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The Root of bad governance in South Africa
Submitted for publication 07 Juanuary 2012

The root of bad governance in South Africa (and why liberals are stupid).

Scientists, Dunning and Kruger were awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology for their report,

“Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments”.

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the meta-cognitive ability to recognize their mistakes.[1] The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority.”

At the root of poor service delivery, bad governance, corruption and discriminatory practices like Black Economic Empowerment, Affirmative Action and quotas in sport teams in South Africa lies the Manning-Kruger Effect. Justin Kruger and David Dunning, then both at Cornell University, did extensive research into the subject and came to the following conclusion – For a given skill, incompetent people will:

  1.  tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
  2.  fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
  3.  fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
  4.  recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they can be trained to substantially improve.

These are the exact tendencies of the ANC government in South Africa – right through from the “affirmative action” civil servant in state departments, the police, defense force – right through to the first level of government, the Parliament and the President Jacob Zuma.

What it means in practice is that these incompetent people do not recognize their own incompetence and do not have the cognitive capability of understanding the frustration of a more intelligent person. In Afrikaans there’s the saying: “Domheid het sy eie narkose”, literally translated “Being stupid has its own anesthetic” One of the effects of illusory superiority in IQ is the Downing effect.

This describes the tendency of people with a below average IQ to overestimate their IQ, and of people with an above average IQ to underestimate their IQ. The propensity to predictably misjudge one’s own IQ was first noted by C. L. Downing.

An interesting analogy with the South African situation, with its high taxi accident rate and road death tolls, can also be found in part of the study: McCormick, Walkey and Green (1986) found similar results, asking participants to evaluate their position on eight different dimensions relating to driving skill. It was found that almost 80% of participants had evaluated themselves as being above the average driver.[26]

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (recognized with a Nobel Prize because of its thorough research) is an exact blueprint of the situation in present-day South Africa. Any liberal or “unitary state” proponent who disputes the effect will have to oppose it with sound academic arguments and research.

  1. The Root of bad governance is stupidity, it is amazing how many of these ANC members are also communis

    The root of bad governance in South Africa - The correlation between bad governance and communism also seems to be clear - Photo Source: - (Used with implied permission)

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  1. Replacing labor with cheaper labor on racist grounds within the framework of Black Economic Empowerment as is the case in South Africa is denying labor history, setting aside whites labor moral, destroying labor investment and this will lead to a increasing destruction of South Africans economy. And then there is a economic crisis in the world on top.
    The South African society must and will understand that white labor, white entrepreneurs and white farmers are invaluable for all of Southern Africa. Farmers have a history of agricultural refinement for hundreds of years and is recognized throughout the world.
    It is time to raise the same question for Zimbabwe of mr. Mugabe as well.

    Theo Prinse

    January 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  2. The only candidate running for President in the Republican Party who markedly wills intelligence and reason and believes there should be rewards for excellence (and says so on the campaign trail) is Newt Gingrich in the United States Presidental race. Why is that? Because the evils of social fascism under President Obama and certain left-wing governors of the 20 dependent states in bankruptcy who need the other 30 states in order to be saved from fiscal extinction are advocates and apostoles who extol the Dunning-Kruger effect in the mainstream society of the ever-reforming Progressive Liberal model of a ‘deadbeat nation’ Obama has instilled everywhere in his 3 years of reign.
    *Is this poster ‘doctored’ in anyway? How many were thousands were printed? What happened that night at Sugar Ray Stadium? Was Julius Malema there? Were any ‘tenets of SA socialism’ announced by speakers, or discussed openly? I need to know these answers to print this article again in the United States for Project Shining CIty – Front Page.


    January 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • No Paul the picture isn’t doctored to my knowledge….

      It is common knowledge that the ANC is in a tri-partheid alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the ‘Congress of SA trade Unions’ – COSATU.

      In fact several cabinet ministers are communists, and there will always be members of the communist party included in any ANC cabinet.

      Sadly, this country is run by communists, enabled into this position by the USA and other western countries, under the assumption, that it will lead to the end of the evil Apartheid system and introduce a new chapter of human rights.

      The irony of the above statement, seen in the light of the history of communism all over the world, is just beyond mind-boggling .


      January 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

  3. This is true. For eg. Complaining about poor service in a store, the cashier/manager will look at you as if you are the person at fault because they think they are the victim.


    January 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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