We received a mass circulation email this week from Tanzania which set out the virtues of the fallen Libyan regime….it is interesting to see another perspective on this….here it is in full….:
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its
This makes it impossible for private western companies to operate in the
electricity sub-sector. Remember their ‘international community’s’ reaction
to the free education, health and water services policies of Mwalimu?
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans
given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
How can a western bank operate in such an environment? Particularly
unforgivable is the insistence that ALL banks must be national!
3. Home considered a human right in Libya Gaddafi vowed that his parents
would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father
has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
This puts him in a populist and radical nationalist category. Nationalism is
the opposite of globalisation, on the back of which liberal capitalism
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the
government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya
Same as above. After all, he’s able to finance this because he won’t allow
foreigners to ‘own’ and exploit Libya’s natural resources!
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only
25% of Libyans were literate. Today the figure is 83%.
He committed the same offence as Tanzania’s Nyerere, leading to sanctions
that forced the latter to retire because deteriorating standards of living
for the larger population.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming
land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick-start their
farms- all for free.
All this is funded by oil revenue, which should have been for Western
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in
Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it not only free but they
get US$2,300/month accommodation and car allowance.
As above! The more he has of such commitments, the more difficult it becomes
for Foreigners to access oil.
Moreover, Libya could become a bad of example for other Middle Eastern oil
producing countries. Look at what came of Venezuela!!
8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidised 50% of the
Wanting to show the world there can be an alternative to capitalism.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per litre.
Nationalising and keeping ALL oil under State ownership and control.
Otherwise, profit margins for oil companies would have made sure the price
of oil (when available) is substantially higher.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion now
Great Man-Made River project in Libya $27 billion
Without debt, it is very difficult to influence Libya’s policies on
anything. It make a country really ‘independent’ of the ‘international
And, this kind of reserves are making it increasingly easy for him to
bankroll the African Union (and some African governments unfriendly to Sam),
making Western control of the AU difficult and costly.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would
pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until
employment is found.
Populism; and pursuing policies that may suggest there is an alternative to
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts
of all Libyan citizens.
Populism; and pursuing policies that may suggest there is a better
alternative to capitalism while denying western companies an opportunity to
milk the oil!
13. Every mother who gives birth to a child receives US$5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15!
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree:
Making education too cheap for nationals by footing most of the related
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the
Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the
Accomplishing such mega-sized projects without asking for the West’s
support, implying they can actually be irrelevant!!
Which other dictator has done much good to his people besides?
There can be no alternative to private sector led capitalism, pursued by a
State that has no Western minders!”