Nelson Mandela is becoming what Napoleon considered a foundational building block of history: an “agreed upon myth.” But the man was always far different from the myth. Mandela founded the armed wing of the ANC, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe. And while current reportage often implies that the US’s branding him a terrorist in the 1980s was a national disgrace, the truth is that the Great Man of Peace was a terrorist. In fact, the SA government offered to release him from prison in 1985 if only he’d renounce violence. He refused to do so.

First, I acknowledge that capitalism fails miserably when compared with heaven or a utopia. Any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. However, mankind must make choices among alternative economic systems that actually exist on earth. For the common man, capitalism is superior to any system yet devised to deal with his everyday needs and desires.

The very language that is used to defend liberty is stacked against it.

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela might have us think that colonialism ravaged innocent lands and impoverished millions. But is it possible that on balance it was a force for good?

Darren Hutchinson, a professor of constitutional law who favors socialist redistribution of wealth, relies on the fatal flaws in his ideology to make his case that liberty can go hand in hand with redistribution.

 

 

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