babble home
rabble.ca - news for the rest of us
today's active topics


Post New Topic  Post A Reply
FAQ | Forum Home
  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» babble   » right brain babble   » culture   » Progressives for Obama: Immanuel Wallerstein

Email this thread to someone!    
Author Topic: Progressives for Obama: Immanuel Wallerstein
jeff house
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 518

posted 16 June 2008 12:08 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Obama has won big. His election will mark - mark, not cause - the end of the counterrevolution of the world right of the 1980s. He has rekindled hope, and created space for a more progressive world. But this space is structurally cramped by the constraints of an ever more anarchic world-system. The basic question is not whether he will transform the world and/or restore U.S. leadership in the world-system - he will do neither - but whether he will do as much as it is possible to do in allowing us all to push our way forward.

http://progressivesforobama.blogspot.com/


From: toronto | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
Dogbert
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 1201

posted 16 June 2008 07:01 PM      Profile for Dogbert     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
His election will mark - mark, not cause - the end of the counterrevolution of the world right of the 1980s.

From the Rabble front page: Obama's Chicago Boys

quote:
He chose as his chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economist on the left side of a spectrum that stops at the center-right. Goolsbee, unlike his more Friedmanite colleagues, sees inequality as a problem. His primary solution, however, is more education a line you can also get from Alan Greenspan. In their hometown, Goolsbee has been eager to link Obama to the Chicago School. "If you look at his platform, at his advisers, at his temperament, the guy's got a healthy respect for markets," he told Chicago magazine. "It's in the ethos of the [University of Chicago], which is something different from saying he is laissez-faire."

So, the end of the counterrevolution of the world right... that was started, intellectually, by Milton Friedman... will be marked by the election of a President... whose chief economic adviser is a disciple of... Milton Friedman.

Don't get me wrong Jeff. I want Obama to win. He's probably about the best we're going to get out of the American political system at this point. But let's not pretend that this is the end of the right as we know it.

[ 16 June 2008: Message edited by: Dogbert ]


From: Elbonia | Registered: Aug 2001  |  IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time  

Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic    Move Topic    Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
Hop To:

Contact Us | rabble.ca | Policy Statement

Copyright 2001-2008 rabble.ca