[Marxism] Is it "Seven Days in May" for Obama?
gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 16:09:46 MDT 2009
Louis Proyect <Proyect at panix.com> wrote:
> I am too damned busy with work to get to blogging about this, but agree
> totally with Matthew's analysis. In fact, I plan to quote his earlier
> post explaining the weakness of Obama in historical terms vis-a-vis
> FDR's boldness. Maybe tomorrow if I can get my stupid syperl script
Well there were probably two elements to FDR's boldness. The first and most
important was an increasingly militant working class driven by the
possibility of a socialist alternative. The other was possibly FDR's
patrician background. Obama arrives in the White House and has to keep
pinching himself to make sure it is not a dream. The likes of FDR stroll in
and wonder why it took so long to get there.
Obama has only one card to play and that is he could go over the heads of
the Washington elite and appeal to the people to rise up to help him. I
have no doubt whatsoever that they would flock to his banner. But nothing
terrifies a liberal more than the spectacle of the risen people.
The elites know all this. They understand Obama will not take the steps
necessary to save his presidency. Eyes wide open he will go down the path of
escalation in Afghanistan. The rhetoric will get windier and windier and the
bitterness in the mouth of the people will become truly terrible. The only
surprise about any of this is that it has all happened so quickly. But then
of course the rhythms of political time are not those of chronological time.
Only the Middle Eastern fire storm that Wallerstein has predicted will
interrupt this process. All eyes on the Egyptian working class.
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