Hearing the former Democratic president plea for more solidarity and humanity was inspiring. Reassuring, too. But it was also … frustrating.
"Through his sacrifice and unwavering leadership and, perhaps most of all, through his moral example, Mandela … came to embody the universal aspirations of dispossessed people all around the world."
In today's topsy-turvy world, when the former champion of free trade - the U.S. - continues to impose or threaten a range of protectionist measures, it appears the center of rational gravity has shifted.
Even within his own circle of officials, his sellout was almost a sign of self-destruction.
To prevent fascist forces from derailing the project of change in America, it is essential that progressive movements come to the fore and shape policy.