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Hopeless : Barack Obama and the politics of illusion

Author: Jeffrey St Clair; Joshua Frank
Publisher: Edinburgh, Scotland ; Oakland, CA : AK Press, ©2012.
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"The election of Barack Obama sparked long-dormant tingles of optimism in even the most entrenched political cynics. But the promise of an Obama revolution fizzled out even before his inauguration, as the president-in-waiting stocked his cabinet with corporate hacks, cut secret deals with Wall Street titans and plotted a bloody escalation of the senseless war in Afghanistan. Here is a scathing indictment of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Barack Obama; Barack Obama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey St Clair; Joshua Frank
ISBN: 9781849351102 1849351104
OCLC Number: 793208273
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 319 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prelude: Barack Obama, changeling / Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank --
Marketing hope / Kevin Alexander Gray --
Obama's money cartel / Pam Martens --
A kettle of hawks / Jeremy Scahill --
Obama's Israel problem / Joshua Frank --
From Oscar Grant to Barack Obama / Ron Jacobs --
AIG and the system / Jeffrey St. Clair --
Orwell in Baghdad / Chris Floyd --
A redneck view of Obamarama / Joe Bageant --
Obama and abortion rights / Sharon Smith --
From state secrets to wiretaps / Sibel Edmonds --
Obama and the man in the hat / Jeffrey St. Clair --
The Wall Street White House / Andrew Cockburn --
The Honduran coup / Conn Hallinan --
Obama's immigration reforms / Wajahat Ali --
The wolf at Trout Creek / Jeffrey St. Clair --
Obama's mistakes in health care reform / Vincente Navarro --
The Afghan war question / Franklin Spinney --
Obama and nuclear power / Joshua Frank and Jeffrey St. Clair --
The novocaine presidency / Kevin Alexander Gray --
Obama's war for oil in Columbia / Daniel Kovalik --
Blowback of the drones / Gary Leupp --
America the pacified / Kathy Kelly --
Kagan's disturbing record / Marjorie Cohn --
Obama and the nuclear rocket / Karl Grossman --
Torturing the rule of law / Chase Madar --
Eat, pray, be disappointed / Paul Krassner --
Let them eat oil / Jeffrey St. Clair --
Obama's sellout on taxes / Michael Hudson --
Obama and rendition / Steve Hendricks --
The murdered women of Juarez / Laura Carlsen --
Obama's puzzling silence / Ralph Nader --
Inside Obamanomics / Ismael Hossein-zadeh --
The US as Israel's enabler in the Middle East / Kathleen Christison --
Obama as deregulationist / Andrew Levine --
Monsanto's minions / Rommie Cummins --
The torture of Bradley Manning / Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis --
Winding down Obama / Linh Dinh --
Sexual politics in the age of Obama / David Rosen --
What has Bin Laden's killing wrought? / Ray McGovern --
Much ado about nothing / Alvaro Huerta --
The Obama administration and Iran / Susan Fayazmanesh --
Obama's nuclear weapons surge / Darwin Bond-Graham --
Friends without benefits / David Macaray --
War colleges / Henry Giroux --
Politics as the earth burns / Brian Tokar --
Obama's attack on Social Security and Medicare / Dave Lindorff --
Obama's assault on civil liberties / Bill Quigley --
Top ten myths in the war on Libya / Maximilian Forte --
War and debt / Michael Hudsen --
Perpetual war / Tariq Ali --
Guantánamo, torture and Obama surrenders / Andy Worthington --
Obama and the economy / Mike Whitney --
The audacity of dope / Fred Gardner --
Black backlash against Obama / Linn Washington, Jr. --
Coda, occupy the system / Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank.
Other Titles: Barack Obama and the politics of illusion
Responsibility: edited by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank.

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"The election of Barack Obama sparked long-dormant tingles of optimism in even the most entrenched political cynics. But the promise of an Obama revolution fizzled out even before his inauguration, as the president-in-waiting stocked his cabinet with corporate hacks, cut secret deals with Wall Street titans and plotted a bloody escalation of the senseless war in Afghanistan. Here is a scathing indictment of the Obama presidency from the best writers on the American Left. Hopeless is a view of Obama's policies from the trenches: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. From Obama's sell-outs to big oil and the nuclear industry to his continuation of savage Bush-era policies in the CIA's global network of secret prisons, this fast-paced chronicle will outrage the politically naive, delight the critical and inspire those looking for an alternative to the dismal politics of lesser evilism. As Emma Goldman famously quipped, "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." Let this book stand as a painful reminder to those who think anything less than social struggle will net tangible gain." --Back cover.

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