Dr. Stephen Tobias: “We saw a screening of Soft Vengeance; Albie Sachs and the New South Africa recently at Boalt Hall, with the subject and the film maker. Wow. This 7-minute BBC interview is a taste of it. There’s also a book. Albie — everyone calls him that — was a South African freedom fighter (imprisoned, tortured, car-bombed), a leading drafter of the constitution (perhaps the most progressive in the world), and justice of the Constitutional Court, which struck down the death penalty in 1995 and established the right to same-sex marriage on 2005. He fought for a code of conduct in the ANC from the start of the revolution, which led to the constitution and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
☞ Seven minutes well spent. Something short after yesterday’s 20,000-word post. (Well, it seemed like 20,000 words.) But did you listen to Harry Truman, at the end? About low voter turn-out that gave us the “do nothing” Republican Congress in 1946? Plus ca change . . .