Nothing is more comical than watching the disciples of the so-called American left chatter enthusiastically about how Barack Obama is going to reform the distribution of power in this country. I used to think The Nation was actually on the left, but it's not. Obama is about as mainstream as it gets, a neoliberal with one eye on power and the other on the status quo. He knows the reward of the latter is the former. No one who supports Obama is a genuine critic of the power structure; no one who supports Obama is authentically left. It's sad how a group's desperate desire to win clouds its vision and persuades it to embrace a mirage in the name of change. It's also pathetic.
Nando De Silva
Jul 1 2008 - 8:23am