Dr. Päul Street. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You devoted two books to Barack Obama: “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power” and “Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics”. How do you judge Obama’s two presidential mandates?
Dr. Paul Street: Obama has been the neoliberal, imperial, and deeply conservative president many of us on the left expected him to be. I have written about this in a recent Truthdig essay titled “Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump.” The first book you mention (The Empire’s New Clothes) is a detailed record of Obama’s service to the elite business class, to the U.S. global military empire, and to the continuing hold of institutional and societal racism in the U.S. Lire la suite »
Dr. Gary Brumback. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the long history of US interventionism? What is your analysis?
Dr. Gary Brumback: “Interventionism” is a very appropriate term. It covers a lot of territory, and that is exactly what America has been doing even before she became a nation 240 years ago. The US is a habitual interventionist. Domestically it is in the form of fascism, or a police state, that treads on human rights. Internationally, it is in the form of militaristic imperialism. Lire la suite »
Pr. Joseph Natoli. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Can we evoke the notion of democracy in the United States?
Pr. Joseph Natoli: Who « evokes » and « invokes » it more than the plutocrats who operate behind its screen?
Two levels of operation here: Sovereign power rests with the people who elect representatives who wield that power for them. In terms of what is actually going on, market values have shaped a cultural imaginary more or less commonly shared which feeds a plutocratic regime while at the same time is blind to it.
Because cultural imaginaries float within an ever changing universe of spin and signification, which capitalism itself profits by and cannot escape, market values and plutocracy itself cannot reach an unassailable determinacy. Lire la suite »