Nelson Mandela died today. There is not much that I can add to all the words that will be written about him. But I thought that this old TV interview from 1961, when he was in hiding and before he was captured by the apartheid South African government and put in prison for 27 years before being released in 1990, was interesting.
Mandela will rightly go down in history as one of the major political figures of the 20th century. While he is someone I have personally admired from boyhood, we should resist the temptation to canonize him. John Pilger describes how he dabbled in neoliberalism as president of South Africa but that after he retired from politics he seemed to regain some of his old fire.