A Mandela Moment
Most of you know by now that South African past- president and activist, Nelson Mandela, died yesterday. I wasn't sure what to think. I only remembered him from back in the day trying to bring communism to South Africa along the lines of what Robert Mugabe brought to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
I listened to a few of the obligatory and expected tributes to him on National Public Radio yesterday afternoon. He sounded pretty neat from what I heard, but was it true? I guess so, since my one go- to source for avoiding politically correct news, Reason magazine, had a short column on him yesterday:
"And in fact Mandela cut it out with the nationalization talk once he left jail, and will be remembered for something almost no politicians outside of George Washington are ever noted for: choosing not to exercise the power he had."
"Nelson Mandela could have chosen to be–had the power to become–an even greater monster than Mugabe. Instead, Mandela chose to become a saint. A great leader, a great Christian, a great example. The world cannot honor him enough as it should hope that all people offered the complete power he was would act as he did."
I guess he was a pretty cool guy, at least in that regard.