[Marxism] A ‘Roundtable’ on Obama: What Was He Thinking?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 3 12:58:55 MDT 2011

Wall Street Journal
August 3, 2011, 10:43 AM ET

A ‘Roundtable’ on Obama: What Was He Thinking?

Corey Robin, author of the new book “The Reactionary Mind: 
Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin,” recently posted a 
question on his Facebook page: Did Obama want the deal he got, to 
resolve the debt-ceiling crisis (meaning he’s more of an 
anti-Keynesian budget hawk than the left would like); is he weak 
or out of his depth when it comes to negotiating with the 
Republicans; or is there some other explanation for how things 
went down?

The post drew responses from a number of high-profile journalists 
and academics on the left, including Adolph Reed, Rick Perlstein 
(“The fellow’s not quite well”), Jodi Dean, Josh Cohen, Doug 
Henwood, Tom Sugrue, and others.

Recognizing the richness of the discussion, Robin took it public, 
on his website, summarizing some of the main points. He titled the 
feature “Obama: WTF? A Facebook Roundtable of the Left.”


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