Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion by Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank, Kevin Alexander Gray, Kathy

By Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank, Kevin Alexander Gray, Kathy Kelly, Ralph Nader

"Those who suppose that like lemmings they're being led over a cliff will be well-advised to not learn this ebook. they could notice that they're right."—Noam Chomsky

“Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the genuine Barack Obama . . . the technofascist army strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, yet owned, operated, and regulated through Wall highway, company the United States, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA

“The writers assembled right here hit not easy, with accuracy, and don't pull punches."—Marcus Rediker, writer of The Slave send: A Human History

The Barack Obama revolution used to be over earlier than it begun, guttered via the politician’s overweening wish to end up himself to the grandees of the institution. From there on, different offers proved ever more uncomplicated to damage. Here's the publication that dares no longer permit Obama off the hook. It's all the following: the compromises, the backstabbing, the usual imperial pursuits. protecting all significant "Obummer" different types for the reason that he took workplace, this fast moving assortment will satisfaction the serious and supply foodstuff for concept for these considering the 2012 electoral circus—and beyond.

Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch, writer of Born lower than a nasty Sky and Been Brown goodbye it seemed eco-friendly to Me, and co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, medicinal drugs, and the Press.

Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of Red nation Rebels: stories of Grassroots Resistance within the Heartland. His investigative experiences and columns seem in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, universal goals, and AlterNet.

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Democracy three decades ago. Since While it may be premature to sound the installation of Mario Monti’s tech- the death knell for social democracy, nocratic government in Italy late last it is clear that the current crisis has year, the center-left Democratic Party accelerated the long-term decline of has shown little inclination to fight his social-democratic politics in Europe. austerity program; indeed, they have Social-democratic parties may still be been one of his main pillars of support able to win elections and form governin Italy’s famously fractious political ments, but they’ve shown little inclinasystem.

The Occupy movements and the demonstrations of the indignados in cities and public squares across Europe have given voice to the discontents of late social democracy. These movements don’t simply oppose the most explicit and forthright advocates of neoliberalism. They largely reject engagement with the tired and unimaginative parties of traditional social democracy, and with labor movements who have not devoted adequate attention to organizing young workers and those left out of residual systems of labor protection.

One of the most perceptive observers of French society, Todd shares large parts of the radical left’s analysis of the crisis, but has little time for Mélenchon’s outsider campaign. Instead he believes that history may force the French social democrats themselves into the role of radicals malgré eux. However improbable his predictions may seem, Todd’s analysis, like the other essays in this section, does much to lay bare the converging elements that promise to make the coming months and years a major turning point in Europe’s history.

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