[FoRK] Obama: communitarian, redistributionist, confused? (from NYT)
jbone at place.org
Mon Aug 25 08:03:55 PDT 2008
Interesting and thoughtful (if brief) piece on the odd tensions in
Obama's apparent political philosophy and biases.
"The communitarian strain in Mr. Obama’s thinking often surprises
liberal supporters. Roughly put, communitarianism holds that
individual rights must be circumscribed by the communal, with all the
cross-generational, religious and patriotic obligations that implies.
Sweeping change must be approached slowly; when government enforces
individual responsibilities, a moral crisis looms... Communitarians
also hold that government and corporations are bound by obligations to
citizens, like a clean environment, education and health care."
So just as Bush was the perfectly imperfect "conservative" ---
embracing the culture war and the propaganda war, needlessly hawkish,
fear-mongering, etc. while simultaneously rejecting the important bits
like fiscal responsibility, individual rights, and so on --- so I
submit that Obama is the perfectly imperfect "liberal" --- embracing
the wrong parts of that while rejecting the correct parts.
And so the pendulum swings.
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