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American 'Anti-Statists' Claim Midterm Victory

 

"It's a cruel injustice from voting Americans: Having inherited a cataclysmic situation, Barack Obama must concede a scathing defeat to those who created the disaster. The state is acting to help the individual. But people don't like their savior. The lesson goes far beyond the United States."

 

By Laurent Joffrin

 

Translated By Philippe Guittard

 

November 4, 2010

 

France - Liberation - Original Article (French)

It's a cruel injustice from voting Americans: Having inherited a cataclysmic situation, Barack Obama must concede a scathing defeat to those who created the disaster. The dogmatic policies of the Republicans, driven by Wall Street, triggered an economic crisis nearly equal to that of 1929. Because he tried to save the furniture, because he took the necessary measures in an emergency and because those measures haven't had time to take effect, Barack Obama has been punished. It will be said that failed to mobilize his voters, he was mired in compromise with Washingtonians, and that he has lost his momentum. Certainly. But this leads to a bitter paradox: by failing to vote, those who reproach him for not having done enough assured his defeat - and handed victory to the extreme right.

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This misadventure - one hopes a temporary one - bears some reflection by everyone on the left. Polls reveal a dangerous and unpredictable force of popular individualism. The federal government avoided the worst by intervening aggressively to prevent an economic depression: at the same time, it left itself open to the suspicions of the anti-statism so deeply rooted in the consciousness of the American people. The state is acting to help the individual. But people don't like their savior. The lesson goes far beyond the United States.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US November 5, 4:39am]

 

 







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