[FoRK] Obama: communitarian, redistributionist, confused? (from NYT)

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 08:17:42 PDT 2008

Hey, Bone, could you post something negative about McCain, just for
balance?  I know there's something about that man I just don't like .....

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 11:03 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

> Interesting and thoughtful (if brief) piece on the odd tensions in Obama's
> apparent political philosophy and biases.
>  http://tinyurl.com/65yent
> In particular:
> "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.
> $0.02,
> jb
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