Originally Posted by sunnubian:
I have a sneaking feeling that Mandela relied on the Chinese to be honest with him and to know what they were talking about. But, really, where China is concerned, they have relinquished an enormous amount to the "private sector", evidence of this is the fact that China, a Communist country, has taken over virtually the entire American market, jobs and production. So, technically the Chinese told the truth.
The professor is correct in saying that Detroit should serve as a warning to All other American cities, especially those that are in financial trouble. I'm sure that Detroit was used as their guinea pig to socially condition the American public, American citizens to become desensitized to illegal and unconstitutional reaches of corporate influence over people's rights and even the law.
I don't read it as Mandela vs the Chinese per se. It was essentially no different than what is going on in many US cities today.
Its a game of poker.
The captain's of industry are not used to the people calling their bluff. Mandela's decision isn't shocking given he'd been released from prison into a world where Neo Liberalism (Reaganomics/Thatcherism) was politically dominant.
One of the major take away messages is that S.A. has been polarized no less than Spain or Greece as the people have begun to support the "radical" socialist ideas Mandela once held.
Several years ago there where articles and commentary buzzing about African interest in learning from Latin American leaders (Chavez et al).....around the same time there was (yet) another burst of "Ohh beware of the new colonial slavematers" op-eds