Magazine article New Internationalist

The Obama Syndrome

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Obama Syndrome

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The Obama Syndrome by Tariq Ali (Verso ISBN 97818 44674497)

If you want to read a book about Barack Obama this isn't it. What the veteran radical writer Tariq AH has produced is a kind of polemic about the current state of the US polity at home and abroad. As such it is a depressing primer for the upcoming November midterm elections which will likely only make things more dire. He has hung it on Obama as the current manifestation of the general malaise affecting the US.

Ali is unstinting in his disdain for the first black US president but is at too great pains to dismiss any difference at all between Obama and the Bush Boys, dumping nuance and a deeper appreciation of the currents Obama represents and the difficulties facing US progressives in light of the populist Tea Party upsurge from the Right. …

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