"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Friday, December 14, 2007

More on Obama

It has been awhile since I've visited the subject of Barack Obama. Now that he's surprised the Clinton camp with his strong showing in Iowa, in fact leading Hillary in polls there, it's time again to take the measure of this man. Many among the Democratic Party faithful cling to the belief that Obama represents the best ideals of their party and is in genuine opposition to the plutocratic Team Bush agenda (itself a mere continuation of policies initiated by Nixon, enhanced by Reagan, and supported by every Democratic administration that followed). Once again the ever relevant Paul Street deconstructs this fantasy in his latest essay, “Obama Speaks”.

2 comments:

leftisthebest said...

Another nice article, Coldie.

I particularly like the line "one doesn’t have to be a Marxist or left-anarchist to be revolted by such class-accommodationist silliness." Unfortunately most voters do not look close enough at the issues.

This morning's Tribune says Illinois voters in the Democratic primary prefer Obama 2 to 1 over Hillary. I guess that shows that Illinois Democrats have no clue if have these two come out first and second in the polls.

Coldtype said...

That's exactly right and the fact that the public remains clueless about Barack and Hillary's actual stances on the issues can be squarely placed in the lap of the domesticated mainstream media.