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Nelson Mandela Dies

Nelson Mandela, who led the fight in South Africa to end Apartheid, Died today at 95.

Mandela had been in failing health for some time, though the death of such an historic and beloved figure will no doubt come as an awful shock to many.

The question for the White House now is whether President Obama will attend the funeral. My assumption would be that he will, no doubt with Mrs. Obama and possibly the children as well.

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138 Responses to Nelson Mandela Dies

  1. you’ll have to forgive me for not caring. Mandela may have done great things a long time ago, but in later years he joined up with the Jew-haters, and pretended that Israel was an apartheid nation. as such, he did a great deal of damage.

  2. The man is dead. He did what he did. He suffered what he suffered. Attention should be paid. He was human, flawed, Aren’t we all? I am surprised at the venom here–why smear the dead?

  3. But we can’t ask if life for the average person in the RSA has improved since the end of apartheid.

    According to the CIA–and there are some caveats to this data–there are only two countries in the world (for which data is available) where the top 10% either make more than 50% of the income, or do more than 50% of the consumption, for the entire country. One is Comoros; the other is South Africa. (For the US, it’s 30%, if you’re curious.)

    So there is a LOT of income inequality in South Africa as of late. Not that you’ll hear that mentioned in any one of the paeans to Mandela we’ll be hearing over the next few days.

    And before anyone breaks out the straw man, no, that is not intended as a defense of apartheid. It is a data point, with a question: has life gotten better for the average person in the RSA since apartheid ended? I genuinely don’t know, but when I see that kind of data, I have to wonder.

      • The problem is, some people just don’t know what do do with freedom. We see enough examples of that right here in the US.

        Again, not an argument against freedom, just a lamentation on human nature. Give some people freedom, and they’ll put a man on the moon; others will simply use that freedom to destroy themselves, and possibly others along the way.

        And there really is no solution to that, either.

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