3:00 PM yesterday
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe
commented on Newt Gingrich Accidentally Runs Smack into the Republican Party's Racism
Back then there were a good many conservatives who were anti-apartheid, but also anti-sanctions. The reasoning was that economic entanglement with the global businesses would eventually melt away South Africa's peculiar institution.
Thus, while Mandela was one part of the struggle, he and his nationalists, were not the only part. IBM putting branch offices there, and giving jobs with good wages to the Coloured and Bantus was just as.
And in the long run, Mandela became every bit a part of global capitalist symbolism (hands raised high with a Pepsi as Olympic runners go past...etc..etc).
So yes, praise Mandela. But also, praise IBM.