South Africa's War Against Capitalism

South Africa's War Against Capitalism

by Walter E. Williams

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Overview

Written for students, laypersons, and scholars who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of apartheid in South Africa, this book focuses upon the relationship between apartheid and capitalism. The author argues, in contrast to prevailing views held both in South Africa and the West, that rather than resulting from capitalism, apartheid is the antithesis of capitalism. In short, Williams asserts, the evolution of apartheid can be seen as a struggle against market forces in order to confer privilege and status on South African whites.

Williams begins with a brief overview of South African history, the racial and ethnic diversity of its peoples, and the development of thinking about apartheid. He then highlights some of South Africa's legal institutions, particularly its racially discriminatory laws, and traces the historical forces behind racially discriminatory labor law. Subsequent chapters apply standard economic analysis to apartheid in business and the labor market and consider market challenges to apartheid and governmental responses. Finally, Williams summarizes recent changes to apartheid laws and offers a general discussion of the lessons about racial relations that can be drawn from the South African experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275931797
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/11/1989
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

WALTER E. WILLIAMS is John M. Olin Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, and The State Against Blacks.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Evolution of Apartheid
The South African Legal Structure
The Drive for Racial Labor Laws
Market Manipulation to Support Apartheid
Apartheid: Rhetoric versus Reality
Apartheid: A Triumph over Capitalism
Postscript for South Africans
Selected Bibliography
Index

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