Blood Diamonds Are Mugabe’s Best Friend

Between 2000 and 2008, Zimbabwe collapsed.

The confiscation of white-owned farms precipitated the destruction of its economy; mad monetary policies led to the worst hyperinflation in Africa’s history; politically manipulated food distribution caused malnutrition; and, with woeful sanitation infrastructure, the already-weakened population succumbed to a cholera epidemic, plunging life expectancy to 35 years of age.

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Roger Bate is the Legatum Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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