An adjective that Walter Williams used, "third world", is telling. Coleman Young became mayor of Detroit and ruled with policies that are now called "third world". Kwame Nkrumah and others won independence for African nations, in the same time period, and ruled with policies that are now called "third world".
Worse is that both sets of constituents, in Detroit and in African nations, thought of self-government in those same third-world terms. Often they clamored to be ruled by such men. That is the world they have chosen and that they must now live in.