The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power

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Overview

A sequel to Street’s Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics, this new book documents and assesses Obama’s newly emergent record on domestic and foreign politics against his original agenda for change. Although mainstream journalists have noted discrepancies between Obama’s original vision and reality, Paul Street uniquely measures Obama’s record against the expectations of the truly progressive agenda many of his supporters expected him to follow. Taken together, the list of Obama’s weakened policies is startling: his business-friendly measures with the economy, the lack of support for the growing mass of unemployed and poor, the dilution of his health reform agenda, the passage of a record-setting Pentagon budget, and the escalation of U.S. military violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Street’s account reveals these and many other indications of how deeply beholden Obama is to existing dominant domestic and global hierarchies and doctrines. His new book yields a perspective on Obama and current politics that is scarcely found in mainstream media. No progressive reader will want to miss it!

Help Paul raise funds for his east coast speaking tour this summer by going here: kickstarter.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594518447
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Street is an independent journalist, policy adviser, and historian. Formerly he was Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League. Among his recent books are Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Paradigm, 2008), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), and Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in Post-Civil Rights America (Routledge, 2005). His many articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune; In These Times; Dissent; Z Magazine; Black Commentator; Monthly Review, Journal of American Ethnic History; Journal of Social History, and other publications.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: "An Instant Overhaul for Tainted Brand America" 1

Chapter 1 Business Rule as Usual 9

Chapter 2 Expire's New Clothes: Deeds and Words in Obama's Foreign Policy 47

Chapter 3 Corporate-Managed "Health Reform" (2009) 109

Chapter 4 Barack Obama, the Myth of the Postracial Presidency, and the Politics of Identity 129

Chapter 5 Big Brother Lives 153

Chapter 6 We Were Warned 167

Afterword: Beyond the Perverted and Deadly Priorities of Empire and Inequality, Inc. 201

Postscript: The Sorry Surrender of the So-Called Radical Left 211

Notes 223

Index 261

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