Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress

Monday, July 19, 2010

Historian William Jelani Cobb looks at the 2008 election of Barack Obama—who won the Democratic nomination even though old-line civil rights leaders—Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, Andrew Young—all openly supported Hillary Clinton. In The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb examines America's changing political and social landscape, and a new generation of voters with priorities not shaped by the legacy of Jim Crow.


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Comments [6]

Mike from Tribeca

The authoritarian right sounds much more like Stalin than Jefferson.

Jul. 19 2010 12:38 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

So true. Anyone that knows Marxism easily recognizes that Obama - or virtually any American politician, let alone the rest of the populace - is no Marxist, socialist, etc. It is simply a right-wing, reactionary label of vilification that gets tossed around and is attached to America's Cold War history.

Jul. 19 2010 12:30 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

When people say Obama is a marxist, half of them say it because they're trying to link something negative to Obama, and hope it'll stick. They other half truly don't know what marxism is, and are the target of the first half.

Jul. 19 2010 12:29 PM
A listener

Obama truly admired Lincoln, read "Team of Rivals" and sought to built his own team, recruiting people like Senator Clinton and (for a time) Bill Richardson.

Jul. 19 2010 12:21 PM
A listener

Since the 1988 campaign, Jesse Jackson has attached himself to every hot-button issue in America. He suffered from over-exposure and became a cartoonish figure.

Black people have wished for a long time that he (and Sharpton) would sit down and shut up.

Jul. 19 2010 12:19 PM
jtt from jackson heights

Maybe because they recognized that Clinton was more progressive?

Jul. 19 2010 12:10 PM

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