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    Adolph Reed’s 1996 assessment of Obama

    Adolph Reed’s 1996 assessment of Obama, shortly after the latter won his
    first Illinois state senate race:

    “In Chicago, for instance, we’ve gotten a foretaste of the new breed of
    foundation-hatched black communitarian voices; one of them, a smooth
    Harvard lawyer with impeccable do-good credentials and
    vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics, has won a state senate seat
    on a base mainly in the liberal foundation and development worlds. His
    fundamentally bootstrap line was softened by a patina of the rhetoric of
    authentic community, talk about meeting in kitchens, small-scale
    solutions to social problems, and the predictable elevation of process
    over program -- the point where identity politics converges with
    old-fashioned middle-class reform in favoring form over substance. I
    suspect that his ilk is the wave of the future in U.S. black politics,
    as in Haiti and wherever else the International Monetary Fund has sway.
    So far the black activist response hasn’t been up to the challenge. We
    have to do better.”

    “The Curse of Community,” Village Voice, January 16, 1996—reprinted in
    Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene
    (New Press, 2000)
    "It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness."

    -Karl Marx's 1859 Preface to the Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

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    It's been coming since the 1960s...

    Vacuous-to-repressive neoliberals. Foundation-hatched. Yep. Looking at Obama is like looking into the future. Who says America doesn't have Central Planning? Maybe it's just called central casting...

    Which is not to say that Reed wasn't prescient.

    It won't work, though. This level of bullshit requires bullshit social conditions. Wanna start a betting pool on the half-life of this scheme? I'll take two years.

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