February 19, 2024
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The tax is in place precisely to protect local industry. Never mind that there is no local industry, but that’s a trifling detail.

Bicycling magazine had an eye-opening article a couple of months back about the state of bicycling in Africa.

and yeah, politicians around the world are very similar.


It’s not a direct attack on bicycles, it’s a protection scheme against China flooding their markets. This quarter’s Harvard International Review had a few very good comments about how China is becoming Africa’s most formidable trading partner, and how it is affecting the guy on the street.

Now, what they could really use is a few trade schools. Get some welders trained up, and you can open a bicycle factory for less moolah than it takes to produce in China. China knows that they can’t supply cheap labor forever; much cheap labor has already moved to Indonesia, Pakistan, and India. They’re posturing to do with AFrica the same thing we did with China thirty years ago.

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