Posted by ShaneG on Dec 15, 2013 in Politics | 1 comment
What’s your take on Nelson Mandela and his legacy? A great leader? Or a political opportunist? How to tell fact from fiction in all the mainstream reports about him?
Views so far:
The dominant one, which we can safely call “the mainstream view” portrays Mandela as a martyr for the cause of liberty, democracy and fairness; a saintly, kind-hearted man, someone to emulate and revere. This is the Mandela which all major media promote and the likes of President Obama or David Cameron endorse and use as object lessons in the meaning of selfless sacrifice for the gullible citizenry.
A minority view, but since Mandela’s death rapidly gaining a lot of momentum, mostly promoted by the “alternative media” on the web, holds that far from being a saint, Mandela as a young man was a dedicated communist, a confirmed and unrepentant terrorist, someone who allied himself with the shadiest characters while still acting as a “freedom fighter”, and later after he became South Africa’s leader, he sold out to the global financial elites and helped reduce South Africa to the status of a third world nation. Alternative commentators such as James Corbett or Stefan Molyneux have recently exposed – or rather, brought back to light – some of those lesser-known historical facts about the man.
There is also a third view, currently the smallest significant minority, which acknowledges both of the positive and negative points summarized above, but does not try to categorically label Mandela as any of the above, but rather sees him as a multidimensional character whose lessons, both the good and the bad, are there for us to learn from. It holds that we’re all flawed, and no political leaders anywhere – ever – could aspire to perfection. Among those who espouse this view are the likes of Gerald Celente or Paul Craig Roberts, both with solid mainstream credentials, but who have been batting for the alternative side for years.
When I think of Mandela, I ponder the day when I’ll have to speak to my now 6-year-old daughter about him. What will I tell her? Was he a “great” man? Was he a “terrorist”? Was he a good leader? Was he fair? Was he a “good man”? And I’ll have to tell her the truth: he was a man who was all of the above and none of the above. He was a creation of two forces: the elites and their pressures on him, and ourselves as well as our personal impressions of him.
Does he belong in some kind of a Hall of Fame of world leaders? No. But he’ll be there for the next few dozen years, or as long as keeping him there serves the elites’ particular agenda. Is he on par with a Thomas Jefferson? Not even close, though Jefferson too was flawed. Gandhi (another flawed character)? To some extent, perhaps, but on a much smaller scale. Yasser Araft? Now, there’s a lot more similarity!
Gerald Celente on MetalWoche
The Truth About Nelson Mandela ny Stefan Molyneux
Mandela’s Legacy, Eurozone Woes – Geneva Business Insider
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