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Matt Welch on the Third Lesson of Nelson Mandela

With great foreign intervention comes flawed moral reasoning.

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London School of Economics

When South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela died on December 5 at age 95, commentators all over the globe wasted no time extracting two main lessons from the great man's life. One about persevering in the long struggle against injustice, the other about refusing to become embittered in the process. Matt Welch points to a third and often overlooked lesson from Mandela's life: Massive American engagement with the fortunes of other countries, no matter how justified, is inherently corrupting.