Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics PDF/EPUB

Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics ✯ [PDF] ❤ Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics By Paul Street ✼ – Many Americans believe Barack Obama represents a hopeful future for America But does he also reflect the American politics of the past This book offers the broadest and best informed understanding on Many Americans believe Barack Obama and the eBook ´ represents a hopeful future for America But does he also reflect the American politics of the past This book offers the broadest and best informed understanding on the meaning of the “Obama phenomenon” to datePaul Street was on the ground throughout the Iowa campaign and his stories of the rising Obama phenomenon are poignant Yet the author’s background in American political history allows him to explore the deeper meanings of Obama’s remarkable Barack Obama PDF/EPUB ² political career He looks at Obama in relation to contemporary issues of class race war and empire He considers Obama in the context of our nation’s political history with comparisons to FDR JFK Bill Clinton and other leaders Street finds that the Obama persona crafted by campaign consultants and filtered through dominant media trends masks the “change” candidate’s adherence to long prevailing power structures and party doctrines He shows how American political culture has produced misperceptions by the Obama and the Kindle Ô electorate of Obama’s positions and values Obama is no magical exception to the narrow spectrum electoral system and ideological culture that have done so much to define and limit the American political tradition Obama and the Future of PDF/EPUB ² Yet the author suggests key ways in which Obama potentially advances democratic transformation Street makes recommendations on how citizens can productively respond to and act upon Obama’s influence and the broader historical and social forces that have produced his celebrity and relevance He also lays Obama and the Future of PDF/EPUB ² out a real agenda for change for the new presidential administration one that addresses the recent failures of democratic politicsThis study differs from previous books on Obama in at least three ways Street’s determination to offer a balanced but critical assessment of the “Obama phenomenon” from a perspective shaped by years of engagement with Left theory and activism; Street’s effort to understand the phenomenon in a deeply researched historical societal and institutional context consistently relating Obama’s career and candidacy to the ongoing historical development and dilemmas of US political culture; Street’s ability to deepen his account by drawing on his considerable direct experience with the phenomenon over years as a civil rights researcher and advocate on the south side of Chicago and as a campaign activist in Iowa during the long and critical Iowa primary caucus season of read the Huffington Post interview with Paul Street Huffington Post interviewRead the ZNet interview with Paul Street ZNet Interview read the Firedoglake Book Salon feature of this book Firedoglake Review.

10 thoughts on “Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics

  1. Randall Wallace Randall Wallace says:

    Black commentator Gary Younge said in the Guardian that Obama represents the “removal of ‘black’ issues from the political arena” as well as “a repudiation of the existence of American racism itself” Look back in history and the Democratic Party was the “party of the openly racist white South” Blacks leave the party of Lincoln for the Democratic Party because of the New Deal The real reason Democrats finally helped the race problem in the 60’s was because they saw to the world America looked boldly two faced insisting Communism was pure evil while American Racism sure looked to the world like a pure evil as well “Black Americans viewed separately live at a level of a third world nation their average net worth at one eleventh that of whites” Meanwhile whites enjoy “a historically accumulated and racism generated surplus of wealth” “Consistent with his 1997 Illinois Senate vote to impose punitive work reuirements on welfare recipients Obama has spent considerable energy joining neoconservatives in blaming poor blacks for their own poverty” Even neoconservative William Bennett saw how centrist Obama was when he said of him “He never brings race into it He never plays the race card” Black conservative Shelby Steele said “It’s all about gratitude White people are just thrilled when a prominent black person comes along and doesn’t rub their noses in racial guilt White people just go crazy over people like that” Groan Imagine Obama’s pretend hero MLK never playing the race card Or never playing the ‘ineuality’ card or the ‘the war is morally wrong’ card Obama’s message became that racism is in the past and “that black people are therefore to blame for their own problems” Black journalist Glen Ford said Obama was “shamelessly taking cover in a kind of populist white patriotism that has always branded black grievances as selfish even dangerous distraction from the national mission” Many on the left got chills when Obama claimed to “denounce any statement that disparages our great country” Apparently if you recite with feeling just the text alone of MLK’s Riverside Speech Obama will denounce you Former civil rights lawyer Obama votes in the Senate to reauthorize the Patriot Act in 2005 voting away civil rights for all Americans; this passes without comment from the narcoleptic liberal press From Obama’s vetting in October 2003 onward it was apparent to financial backers that Obama would not 1 Be a racial polarizer institutional racism will not lessen one iota under his watch 2 Be anti Business 3 He won’t be against concentrated wealth so rich white folk can rest E Z Within one month of Obama becoming a Senator his presidential plans were in motion – he was deep in corporate consultants and public relations experts and “Obama also studiously took up Golf” His ‘Audacity of Hope’ was about lowering your expectations to “embrace ‘realistic’ – that is savagely scaled down – ambitions that are marvelously aligned with the core neoliberal project of shifting government’s main functions from the ‘left’ to the ‘right’ hand of the state” His book ‘Audacity’ was sugar encased with a creamy neoliberal core what makes America so great The message was clear here is a person for sale than public service Obama learns from the Clinton playbook pretend to have “Jeffersonian promises to the working majority and then proceed to construct a richly Hamiltonian corporate neoliberal administration that tended to serve the rich and the powerful and punish the poor” Obama votes as Senator to make it harder for working class people to have their day in court; this vote against the American people and for “big capital” is to send a message to backers about how safe he was” How thoughtful If Early Obama appeared left of center that is because he represented a heavily black district in Chicago which was left of center; there you could be “nominally progressive” But his ambitions involved him needing to clearly sell out to get power “That is why he voted ‘present’ instead of ‘no’ on seven bills restricting abortion It’s also why his subseuently famous October 2002 speech against the planned invasion came down from his Web site in 2003” Obama’s supporters cloaked his intentions very well; “selling out” and “co optation” instantly became acts of “pragmatism” and “realism Anyone can become a hero to the people if they simply have the cowardice to redefine spineless selling out as “realism” or “pragmatism” Noam was listening to a NPR show gush about Obama and Noam noticed that nothing at all was said about Obama’s actual positions on anything; it was only talk about his image Noam said “What are his positions It just doesn’t matter He gives hope He looks you right in the eyes when you talk to him That’s what’s considered significant Our electoral system has been driven to such a low level that issues are completely marginalized” Two random comments from the ex Charmer In Chief “When you start focusing so much on the historically oppressed we lose sight of what we have in common” “We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self defense” As black activist Michael Hureaux wrote in early 2008 “What better figure to have out there than one to restore faith in the imperial project but someone with a black face They managed to live with Powell and Rice why not Obama What better gift to the empire than JFK in Sepia” Obama’s evasion style was finely honed by hours with PR specialists Bush’s upcoming war was not called “criminal or immoral” by Obama that would uestion ethics in an Empire instead he calls it “dumb” Obama advances the lie that Ira had been invaded for noble purposes At one point Obama makes a very ignorant comment by choosing the wrong city to talk about the Gold Star families “They have seen their sons and daughters killed or wounded in the streets of Fallujah” The US committed war crimes in Fallujah using white phosphorus on humans admitted by the Pentagon killing many Irai civilians caught there and now Obama has rebranded the true victims of Fallujah as American The US targeted civilian ambulances and hospitals in Fallujah in 2004; but Obama laments ONLY the loss of the Gold Star families the parents of the invaders However “There is little chance of ultimate success for a candidate who uestions the inherent underlying nobility of US global dominance” And Alexander Cockburn said “Presidential elections are mostly about keeping important issues off the table” Yep

  2. Florence Florence says:

    Paul Street finished his penetrating manuscript just as Obama took over the helm of American politics He argues in extremely sober terms the truth about the four year carefully monitored process within the corporate dominated and militaristic US election system from fund raising to final election He includes documented notes from Zinn Chomsky Pilger and many others to uantify his remarks and provides 43 pages of well documented notes In the end he can only guess how the Obama phenomenon will perform Can there be any radical change when the population is so caught up in American exceptionalism propaganda is at workHe recalls Adolph Reed and his dictumelected officials are only as good or as bad as the forces they feel they must respond to This book is definitely worth the read even though it is 5 years since it was written It will help you understand American Politics at work and how badly it needs political reform

  3. Miquixote Miquixote says:

    I agreed with virtually everthing this book says It is pretty much a no brainer that Obama's soul is a corporate one And this book very thoroughly proves it Unfortunately though it is a hard plough and would seem most have rejected trying to read itI wonder if those criticizing this book so strongly shouldn't reconsider after seeing Obama's performance

  4. Tara van Beurden Tara van Beurden says:

    I am studying a Masters of International Relations as part of a double Masters at the uni I work for I decided to do this partly because I have always wanted to do a Masters partly because I work at a uni and it seemed like a good idea while I was there and partly because I am pretty passionateinterested in politics particularly American politics and international political relations which I think is endlessly interesting I randomly picked up this book from the library because I was on a kick of reading books about Democratic party leaders This book was not really what I was expecting It is very left wing extreme left wing I would say and coming from a country that has a political party that is euivalent to the Democrats and another that is right way than the Democrats I read some of Street’s ideas with part cynicism part interest Firstly it should be noted that this book was written pre Obama become President so there’s that Basically Street doesn’t believe that Obama is left wing enough His view is essentially that Obama is aligning himself with big business while preaching against big business in order to have his cake and eat it too It’s an interesting view and one I don’t necessarily disagree with However I personally feel that Street has missed the point that no candidate would ever make it very far if they did not perform such a balancing act and that said balancing act is in fact performed by every politician in every liberal democracy in the world The really interesting part is when Street starts suggesting policies he believes Obama should be pushing policies that he believes will make America fair eual etc The irony is that many of these policies already exist in numerous other Western democracies including the one I live in And the fact of the matter is they don’t necessarily work in the utopian manner which Street suggests I personally felt that Street’s views while valid to a degree missed the reality that there are numerous countries outside of America that have already begun down the path he suggests and found it too wanting It is often remarked outside of America that the country itself tends to forget there is a ‘rest of the world’ unless they are fighting a war against them and I’m not necessarily saying I agree with this and I found this statement true of Street’s opinion His book falls flat to a non American reader purely because it demonstrates that he really has no idea about how America could learn from our Western democracies already using some of these policies Nonetheless this was an interesting read if purely from the perspective of broadening my understanding of the many voices in American politics

  5. Aunnalea Aunnalea says:

    Reminds us that Obama is above all else a politician Gives interesting information that few people are talking about Street reminds of the irony in Obama rightfully pointing out that change doesn't happen from the top down Change happens from the bottom up while telling us that a vote for him will bring change from the top down I love this Howard Zinn uote from the book referring specifically to the war but applicable to so much We who protest the war are not politicians We are citizens Whatever politicians may do let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right not what is winnableExcept for the rare fewour representatives are politicians and will surrender their integrity claiming to be 'realistic' We are not politicians but citizens We have no office to hold on to only our consciences which insist on telling the truth That history suggests is the most realistic thing a citizen can do p 193

  6. Ralph Ralph says:

    Who could hate a book that uotes Howard Zinn Noam Chomsky and Christopher Hitchens The premise is that Obama is much conservative than most people think and for him to become a real progressive force we need to push hard from the left Street sometimes gets repetition but overall this title is worth a read to get an overview of how at least one critic from the left feels about Obama I found myself recalling that Obama's father was from Africa and that Obama simply never experienced some of what the majority of our nation's African American population has suffered

  7. dane. dane. says:

    Lefty critiue of Obama Totally worthwhile

  8. Liberty Abbott-Sylvester Liberty Abbott-Sylvester says:

    I can't comment on this as I didn't come close to finishing I have discovered that political books are not for me

  9. Julie Marsh Julie Marsh says:

    Enlightening but far too repetitive Distracting use of uotes and content comprised primarily of citations of others' work

  10. Uroosa Uroosa says:

    the references were pretty good but he lacked some analysis of themalso it should have been in detail not abrupt

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