Comments: New Tomdispatch

It's a good essay and I pretty much agree with his assumptions. I think, though, that Obama is pretty clear on how bad things are.

The collapse of capitalism may actually bring about socialism, or at least some accomodation with socialism, but it can't happen as long as the MSM continues to lie and cover up for the MIC. The 1963 coup will have to be admitted. Everyone's going to have to make amends with history. Otherwise, it'll be hell in a handbasket.

Posted by Bob In Pacifica at October 17, 2008 12:25 AM

Mike Davis is right to point out that the New Deal was more a response to a massive popular movement than the good will of the elected officials. That remained the case with every significant advance in human rights and dignity, not just in US but around the world.

I harbor surprising optimism in an Obama administration for the simple reason that I believe that it would be more responsive to a mass popular movement, say, on ending the crazy war against "terror".

I recall the many anti-Iraq-war protests, both before and after the invasion, and how resolutely deaf the Bush II administration was to them. Yes, they did have a very significant impact in influencing the public opinion against the war, and raising the level of scrutiny in our conduct of our military operations. But the utter non-responsiveness of the overwhelming majority of our elected officials demoralized many in the movement.

Now would be a good time to rev up the anti-war movement (all acts of aggression, not just Iraq).

Posted by weasel_word at October 17, 2008 08:30 AM

An Obama administration might be more responsive to activism, maybe. Or it might go for a Clinton 2.0 and concentrate on appeasing the Sane Billionaires. Which is why November 5 might be a good time to start working on a third party.

Posted by Sajia Kabir at October 17, 2008 10:54 AM

Dammit, we drove for 400 years to get here! You will look at it and enjoy it. And stop hitting your little brother.

Posted by Monkay at October 17, 2008 02:56 PM