Mandela and the Communists
By Bryan Caplan
I’m finding Invictus surprisingly watchable despite its over-the-top depiction of Nelson Mandela as a living saint. Given my contrarian ways, the movie inspired to search out the inevitably more sordid truth. The most damning fact on Mandela’s public record, in my view, is his long-time fraternization with Communists. The most striking defense of his approach, though, admittedly impressed me. From Mandela’s autobiography:
There will always be those who say that the Communists were using us. But who is to say that we were not using them?
Where does the truth lie? If Mandela had gained power before the Soviet collapse, would the world have seen a far uglier scenario? Please show your work.