Walzer om Obama

Det finns gott om kommentarer ute på nätet om vad Barack Obamas seger kan innebära. Den amerikanska socialdemokratiska tidskriften Dissent har flera stycken, bland annat av redaktören och samhällsfilosofen Michael Walzer som verkar vara inne på samma linje som jag. Rörelsen som förde Obama till makten är också viktig för att kunna föra politiken till vänster. Liksom de ekonomiska förutsättningarna:

”Once Obama starts to govern, charisma will not be enough; he will need the support of organized and mobilized constituencies. So we may see the development of movement politics, as we did in the 1930s and ‘60s, not during but after the election campaign. Obama will need political mobilization outside the Beltway—in the fight for national health care, for a more egalitarian (realistically, a less regressive) tax system, and for new policies on energy, education, immigration, and international trade. One of the first tests of his presidency will be his readiness and ability to stimulate a movement politics that doesn’t depend on the charisma of one man, but is grounded on a coherent program for social change.

He will be, I think (and hope), a more radical president than he wants to be. He has run, smartly, from the center; he has spoken well against the bitter partisanship of Washington politics these last eight years; he aspires to unite a racially divided nation. But the deepening recession will push him (as it pushed Roosevelt, another centrist) to adopt policies that will be fiercely opposed on the right.”

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