Sheldon Richman Says Nelson Mandela Wasn't Radical Enough

Both the Right and the Left (as conventionally defined in
America) are too busy pushing agendas to provide the full story of
Nelson Mandela’s life and the evil he struggled against.
Conservatives found it easy to condemn Mandela as a terrorist and a
communist, while minimizing or ignoring the violence perpetrated by
the South African regime against blacks (and other nonwhites). The
establishment Left also leaves out a big piece of the story: the
precise nature of apartheid. What progressives and mislabeled
liberals don’t understand — or don’t want to admit — is that
apartheid was a legislative prohibition of the free exercise of
choice in a marketplace unfettered by government-bestowed
privilege. Indeed, one cannot conceive of apartheid without
official interference with markets. Sheldon Richman argues that,
while Mandela was crucial in ending apartheid, the he and his
movement did not do enough to free the economic system to benefit
working people.

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