Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 6: Rhodesia, Last Days of Empire

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Today, we are joined by a very special guest Jayoh de la Rey to talk about Rhodesia and South Africa.  After growing up in Detroit and working as a development economist in Africa, one day his convoy came under fire traversed a country road. Demonstrating his capability with a rifle, Jayoh soon found himself working with private mercenary groups defending diamond mines in South Africa. Now back in America, Jayoh reflects on his time spent seeing firsthand the realities of a still developing African nation, and implications it has for our nation back home.


1922- Votes against becoming province of South Africa.
1948- Afrikaner nationalist party elected in South Africa, cuts down immigration to preserve Afrikaner character of SA. Ian Smith elected to parliament for first time.
1953- Granted essentially self-governing status, basically a Dominion akin to Canada or Australia.
1956- Suez crisis. Essentially, US disallows European countries any more imperial ambitions.
1960- Congo independence & civil war. Many refugees flee to Rhodesian federation.
1962- Rhodesian Front, pro-independence / pro-white party, elected. Smith is deputy PM.
1963- Federation w/ Northern Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved.
1964- Harold Wilson elected Labour UK PM. Pushes for majority rule in Rhodesia. Ian Smith elected as Rhodesian PM on a quasi WN platform. Negotiations break down, naturally. Blacks largely boycott elections. The Anglicans say “please go to war if necessary” to Wilson.
1965- Unilateral Declaration of Independence, ie, without majority rule first. Civil disobedience and minor attacks commence. UK protests, but no attempt to use force. Embargoes of various sorts at varying levels of effectiveness, but mostly unsuccessful in exerting pressure.
1972- Bush war kicks off in earnest. ZAPU, ZIRPA, etc. begin significant attacks on isolated farms, stores, etc in countryside, bomb attacks on cities.
1974-75- Mozambique becomes independent of Portugal. Rhodesia effectively cut off, leaving only South Africa as quasi-ally. Rebels strike from Mozambique regularly. SA gets squishy on helping Rhodesia, putatively on account of Rhodesian policy of pro forma colorblind (with heavy bias towards “civilized” people) majority rule is in contradiction of their policy of apartheid. In reality, seems to be attempt to sacrifice Rhodesia for detente with other African countries.
1975- ZANU & other rebel groups solicit increased help from China, Cuba.
1976- SA government cuts off Rhodesia, effectively, begins withdrawing aid & pressuring for majority rule. Ian Smith agrees in principle to majority rule within 2 years. Boer / Anglo tensions blamed in part.
1977- Peak of Bush War.
1978- Majority elections agreed to in practice & scheduled.
1979- Lancaster House Agreement ending war; majority elections; whites still control most of the actual state agencies and apparatus, and ⅓ of seats in Parliament.
1980- New elections, Mugabe elected PM. Internationally recognized as independent. Essentially game over; immediately former rebel factions begin fighting. Ian Smith stays active in politics until ~1987, “I told you so.”


– Racial Concentrations and Homelands, South Africa (1979),_1979.gif
– The Last Empire – De Beers, Diamonds, and the World, Kanfer (1993)
– The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements, MacDonald (2002)
– Bitter Harvest: The Great Betrayal and the Dreadful Aftermath, Smith (2008)
– Fireforce: One Man’s War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Cocks (2009)
– Amerikaner Free State, Murray (2016) –
– GDP per capita (current), % of world average, 1960-2012 –,_%25_of_world_average,_1960-2012;_Zimbabwe,_South_Africa,_Botswana,_Zambia,_Mozambique.png
– Rebel Yell 135: Jayoh de la Rey (2016) –
– Rebel Yell 147: Jayoh de la Rey, Part II (2016) –
– Murder on the rise as South Africa fails to stem high crime rates (2016) –
– wheniwasawhenwe –
– South Africa Crime Map –
– AWB –
– World IQ map:
– Evolution of Population by Continent –

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  1. The British Empire was one of the greatest boons to mankind. It brought the rule of law, developed industry and ended the many horrid practices that existed.

    Its end saw the return to tribalism, superstition, mindless violence, and corruption that was the norm. Few nations that were ruled by the British are better off today than at the time of independence.

    Today, in Rhodesia, the people will not accept the government’s money. Stravation is the norm, in what used to be the breadbasket of Africa.

    One man, one vote, one time is the rule in Africa. Anyone who has lived there will not advocate it as a model for anything.

    The only good thing that can be said is that it is returning to the jungle.

    1. Rule by the demos when the demos are not sufficiently competent is proving to be the fatal flaw of all democracies.

  2. @~50mins – small point – there /was/ some cultural insistence in wanting the blacks to learn Afrikaans – they rioted because they didn’t want to learn an internationally-useless, I think in their mind even low-prestige, language, they wanted to learn English.

    1. It was specifically the language that would be used in schools. Most of them knew at least some English conversationally.

      If the premise of apartheid was some sort of “separate but equal” schtick then they had a legit gripe

  3. Someone mentions early (~40 mins) that they watched the two documentaries. what documentaries was he talking about? and do you have a link?

  4. Hi guys.
    I just wanted to say this is one of the best podcast series I’ve listened to in a long time.

    I really hope you guys keep it going and keep putting out regular episodes. There are far too many podcasts out there that kind of just fizzle out after a short time, hopefully this one stays strong.

  5. Can you list the documentaries you mentioned in the podcast? P.S. This was awesome. Jayoh is the man!

  6. Re: requests for the documentaries referenced:

    Zimbabwe – Goodbye Rhodesia – 1979 –
    Zimbabwe – Mugabe’s Gamble – 1981 –

  7. midwestern high tory March 13, 2017 at 1:01 am

    First time commenter here. Just wanted to say I really enjoy your show, and especially enjoyed this podcast. Jayoh was a great guest, a real wealth of knowledge, and excellent commentary. Social matter is one of my favorite sources within the reactosphere.

    I am a history student at a liberal arts school. Unfortunately there is no real opportunity for serious historical conversation on campuses outside of the approved narrative, so I really appreciate this series. I think one of you mentioned it in a later episode, but there is this ridiculous tendency amongst pseudo-intellectuals who fancy themselves to be informed and intellegent to view all of history, particularly that of the West, through a 21st century, cosmopolitan liberal paradigm. These people fundamentally do not understand human nature or natural law.

    I pray Europe awakens and can eventually aid our Afrikaner brethren in their struggle for survival. Most white Americans are completely ignorant of post 94 South Africa and the tragedy of southern Rhodesia. Ian Smith was an admirable and honorable man.

    Looking forward to more episodes, keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for your comments and I appreciate them all the more coming from a current student. The internet was a neutron bomb on our culture – and the universities are sadly stuck in the mud trying to figure out what to do. It really is sad when a bunch of disaffected European American men can throw together a podcast and cover material tenured and pensioned professors with PhDs can’t even explore. The university system needs to reform or it will die as sure as I’m sitting here. They don’t realize they’re no longer offering a positive ROI and people are starting to wake up to that fact. Thanks again for listening.

  8. The book: Biological Imperialism

  9. crispus attacks! March 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    thank you for having Jayoh on. i’m 100% on board w/ him. I agree with what he said & the down to earth yet intellectual way he stated it.

    what i found most eye opening of all –
    questions asked Jayoh by the muckmuck tribes:

    “do you have the sun where you come from?”
    “do you have women?”
    “do white people eat metal?”

    those questions illuminate the problem far better than IQ/#’s research!

    As a former academic w/ plenty of (too much) IQ research experience – been redpilled for years on IQ differences, BUT our research/#’s fail to highlight what a mean IQ of 70 is actually like in subsaharan blacks! Jayoh’s 3 or 4 examples brings that to light brilliantly – huzzah! Please have him back to give many more examples:)

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