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Cos'è cambiato realmente da quando Bush ha lasciato la Casa Bianca? Molto poco, secondo lo scrittore e politologo marxista Tariq Ali. Le speranze suscitate in tutto il mondo dall'elezione di Obama sono rapidamente svanite.
In patria, l'amministrazione Obama ha concesso a Wall Street la massima libertà senza ricevere in cambio niente; la riforma sanitaria è stata svuotata di
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Baldini Castoldi Dalai (first published October 17th 2010)
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Insightful critique of Obama's first year and a half in office. While delving into some of Obama's less savory actions, Tariq Ali's primary goal is to draw a connecting line between the policies of the Obama administration and those of its predecessor. He traces the continuity of these neo-liberal policies through the Bush years to the Clinton administration, which consolidated the gains of the "Reagan Revolution" while simultaneously speaking a language of liberal compassion. The parallel with ...more
Tariq Ali isn’t keen on Barack Obama, and it is increasingly becoming apparent to the rest of us why. The main appears to be vain and conceited but those are characteristics present in all politicians, as are avarice, greed and selfishness but Obama does all this with a cloak of respectability about him that Ali expertly pulls away to reveal the President in all his naked, shambolic glory. Ali tells us that Obama is a textbook rightwing American conservative with all then trademarks and history ...more
Tariq Ali is on the top shelf with the best left wing essayists writing about contemporary global politics.
In a sane world Obama would be represent the right pole, but of course this isn't a sane world and the vast majority of his critics are stark raving mad right wing nutjobs and racists. Ah, read this book anyway, as nobody has put together the true record of Obama's calculated fealty to corporate power better. I hope Ali updates this for the 2012 campaign cycle.

I don't recommend going off an
Adam Fullerton
Another great book by Ali. Ali goes on to rip apart Obama's first 2 years in the White House with prolific evidence to the little Obama has done and how he has betrayed his supporters.

Being a progressive myself, I have felt nothing but disappointment from Obama's time in the office. Obama's actions as president as well as Ali's explanation of the first 2 years of Obama's presidential term fortify my belief that our current system is beyond fixing. Capitalism has destroyed our government and col
Ali charts the course of Obama's presidency from his early days in the Illinois legislature, through the vacuous 'yes we can' campaign slogan, to the massive escalation of war in Afghannistan, the vast increase in the use of drones, the increasing use of state secrets privilege to prevent judicial review of administration actions, the continuing bank bailouts, financial deregulation, health insurance corporate giveaway, and the rest of the sorry legacy of Obama's first 1000 days in office.
Zachary Welch
Tariq Ali at his best, critiquing power.
most memorable quote: " talk of betrayal is foolish, for nothing has been betrayed but one's own illusions."
Simon Wood

In his short book covering Obama's political career before and after his elevation to the presidency (tellingly subtitled "Surrender at Home, War Abroad") Tariq Ali plainly regards the writing to have been on the wall for a progressive presidency since well before the election.

The case presented is persuasive: from his origins as a flunky for the Democratic party machine in Illinois and Chicago (the home of the Daley dynasty with it's stranglehold on the state Democratic par
Rodney Ulyate
Apr 14, 2011 Rodney Ulyate rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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"Unable and unwilling to deliver any serious reforms, Obama has become the master of the sympathetic gesture, the understanding smile, the pained but friendly expression that always appeared to say, "Really, I agree and wish we could, but we can't. We really can't and it's not my fault." The implication is always that the Washington system prevents any change that he could believe in." (76)
Ian Morgan
A very concise and rather depressing analysis of the first 1000 days of the Obama presidency and all the Change we didn't get. A well argued, though a bit snarky in place, and well researched example of a liberal's critique of Obama's time in office. The short article titled "Dispatches from the Emergency Room" is worth the price of admission.
If you are at all worried about President Obama being a socialist, read this book.
If you think the country is truly "changing," read this book. I hear the "nightly news" a little differently now.
Kathleen O'Neal
A worthwhile critique of President Obama from the left. One of the very first books to come out that spoke critically of Obama's presidency from a radical left-wing perspective.
sara frances
oh, god. i can't read books like this anymore. #depressed
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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