Gaddafi’s Libya was Africa’s Most Prosperous Democracy

Contrary to popular belief, Libya, which western media described as “Gaddafi’s military dictatorship”, was in actual fact one of the world’s most democratic States.

In 1977 the people of Libya proclaimed the Jamahiriya or “government of the popular masses by themselves and for themselves.” The Jamahiriya was a higher form of direct democracy with ‘the People as President.’ Traditional institutions of government were disbanded and abolished, and power belonged to the people directly through various committees and congresses.

The nation State of Libya was divided into several small communities that were essentially “mini-autonomous States” within a State. These autonomous States had control over their districts and could make a range of decisions including how to allocate oil revenue and budgetary funds. Within these mini autonomous States, the three main bodies of Libya’s democracy were Local Committees, People’s Congresses, and Executive Revolutionary Councils.

Source: "Journey to the Libyan Jamahiriya" (20-26 May 2000).

Source: “Journey to the Libyan Jamahiriya” (20-26 May 2000).

In 2009, Mr. Gaddafi invited the New York Times to Libya to spend two weeks observing the nation’s direct democracy. Even the New York Times, which was always highly critical of Colonel Gaddafi, conceded that in Libya, the intention was that “everyone is involved in every decision…Tens of thousands of people take part in local committee meetings to discuss issues and vote on everything from foreign treaties to building schools.” The purpose of these committee meetings was to build a broad based national consensus.

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2 thoughts on “Gaddafi’s Libya was Africa’s Most Prosperous Democracy

  1. I’m pretty sure ex Green Mp International human rights advocate & leftish expert Kieth Locke, labeled Gadaffi “a thug” around the time of the take over. No doubt he is currently enjoying the comfortable retirement afforded of an ex parlimentarian earned millionaire.

    Gadiffi’s “green book” had as it’s premise that parliamentary based democracies were inherently corrupted. Libya was the leading nation on the planet for implemented societal progressive trends.

  2. Under Gadaffi
    1) There was no electricity bill in Lybia; Electricity was free for all its citizens.
    2) There was no interest on loans, banks in lybia were state-owned, and loans given to its citizens were 0% interest by law.
    3) A HOME was considered a human right in lybia, and Gadafi vowed to live in a tent until all Lybians had a home.
    4) Under Gadafi all newlyweds in Lybia receive $60,000 Dinar ( U.S. $50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so as to help start up their family.
    5) Education and medical treatments were free in Lybia. Before Gadafi, only 25% of Lybians were literate. Today, the figure is 83%
    6) Should Lybians wish to take up a farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipment, seeds, and livestock to help their farms – All for free.
    7) If Lybians could not find the education or medical facilities in Lybia, the government funded them to go abroad for it, not only for free, but they got U.S. $2,300/per month accommodation and car allowance.
    8) If a lybian bought a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    9) The price of gasoline in Lybia was U.S. 53 cents per gallon ( .14 per litre )
    10) Lybia had NO EXTERNAL DEBT, and its reserves amounted to U.S. $150,000,000,000 ( 150 Billion Dollars ) – NOW FROZEN GLOBALLY.
    11) Unlike the U.S., Lybia had no private Jew central bank.
    12) If a Lybian was unable to find employment after graduation, the government would pay the average salary of the profession as if he/she were employed, until employment was found.
    13) A portion of Lybian oil sale was credited to the bank accounts of all Lybian citizens.
    14) A mother who gave birth to a child received U.S. $5,000.
    15) 40 loaves of bread in Lybia cost U.S. 15 cents.
    16) 25% of Lybians had a university degree.
    17) Gadafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as “The Great Man-Made River Project” at a cost of U.S. 27 billion dollars to make water readily available throughout the desert country..

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