Empires always fall. The people at the bottom rise up against the people at the top and shake them off. If the world is even going to come together and work as one it'll be as a society of equals and not as a hierarchy with a self-anointed elite bossing the lesser breeds about. Rhodes's empire in Southern Africa lasted for something like half a century and his larger vision never materialised. He was a bully, a thief and a false prophet. His reputation is shot. We don't particularly need him to be looking down on Oxford from a great height.
And Oriel College- to which he bequeathed a large sum for the building of the pompous- neo-Jacobean building that currently bears his name- has finally come round to this way of thinking- and voted to remove his statue. It was inevitable: when the tide is running against you there's no point in feverishly reinforcing the walls of your sandcastle. And so it goes. Oriel College demolished a number of pleasant old houses in order to erect the Rhodes Building. Many citizens of the city regretted it ever went up. Nothing stands forever.