The Audacity of Compromise

By Thomas Kochman - 12.08.2010

I remember a scene from the movie Invictus in which the newly elected President, Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman, was asked about having changed his position on the Springboks, the national rugby team that had been a symbol of white supremacy during the South African Apartheid era.

He answered that it was important to reevaluate one’s position when faced with new circumstances.

Implicit among these were a) he was now President of the country not simply a party candidate, and b) his most pressing need was to motivate the white population to get behind his presidency: essential, if he were ever to unite the country and be able to govern effectively.

It doesn’t take much to see parallels between that situation and what is happening today. Read more »