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Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics A Revolutionary Moment in the USA

ISBN-10: 0745330061

ISBN-13: 9780745330068

Edition: 2010

Authors: Horace Campbell

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Barack Obama has been called a transformative and transcendental figure, this book shows us just how significant the movement behind him was for the politics of the United States. Horace Campbell examines the networks that made the electoral victory possible and discusses the importance of selforganization and self-emancipation in politics. Situated in the context of the agency of new social forces galvanised in the 2008 electoral season, the book develops a theory of politics that starts with the humanist principles of ubuntu, healing and reparations for the 21st century. It argues that key ideas like quantum politics and a 'network of networks' move away from old forms of vanguardism during a period in history that can be characterised as a revolutionary moment. This book is an essential guide to new forms of political organisation in the US.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 8/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface and aknowledgments
Revolutionary Moments and Ruptures
Revolutionary Moments: Lessons from the French and Cuban Revolutions
New Concept of Shared Humanity
Ubuntu
Elements of the Revolutionary Moment
Beyond Vanguardism in the Twenty-First Century
Classical Music meets Jazz
Reparations and Revolution
New Militants and Sites of Politics
Conclusion
The Political Training of Barack Obama
Ubuntu and Non-Racial Democracy
Lessons in Ubuntu
Toots and the Dignity of Work
Training as a Community Organizer in Chicago
Searching for Life Purpose and Healing in Kenya
Redemption
Michelle Robinson: The Personal is Political
Conclusion
Confronting Racism and Sexism in US Politics
The Electoral College and "Three-Fifths of a Human"
The Civil War and the Struggle for Democracy
Autonomous Organizing and the Harriet Tubman Principles
Reconstruction and the Third Phase
Counter-Revolution
Benjamin Tillman, Sexualized Violence and the Consolidation of Racism
Long-Term Legacies of the Third Phase
Eugenics and the Ideological Victory of the South
Eugenics and Technological Singularity
Conclusion: Democratization as a Process
Racism and the Old Left
Beyond the Limitations of Liberal Thought
Grassroots Organizing Confronts the Machine
Revolutions by Ordinary People - the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Obama's Learning from the Ella Baker Principles
Beyond Vanguardism
The Conservative Counter-offensive in the US before the Rise of the Obama Phenomenon
The Attempted Intervention of Jesse Jackson
The Democratic Party and the Hierarchy of Power
Leaderism, Vanguardism, and the Party Boss
Technocrats, Bosses, and Political Advantage
From Bosses to Political Consultants
The Clintons Inherit the Party Machinery
Conclusion
Fractal Wisdom and Optimism in the Primary Campaign of 2008
Campaigning as a Human Being, not a Black Candidate
Hope and Change
Scaling, Self-Similarity, and Recursion in the Campaign
Ubuntu meets Ubuntu
Proving Ground in South Carolina
Building a National Presence and Bottom-Up Fundraising
Obama's Amazing Money Machine
The Struggles in the Primaries
The Centrality of Economics and Politics
The Intervention of the Youth Vote and the Grassroots
The Iowa Caucus
The Centrality of Racism in US Politics
Internal Collapse of the Vast Clinton Apparatus
Conclusion
Between the Past and the Future: The Democratic National Convention
Burdens of the Past
New and Old Forces at the Convention
Shadows of the Past and the Denver setting
The Promise of a Green Convention
T. Boone Pickens and Forgiveness
Insiders and Outsiders in Denver
The Clinton Brigade in Denver
Michelle Obama and the Caucuses
The Latino/Hispanic Caucus at the Convention
Who are the Latinos?
Roll Call and Nomination
Acceptance Speech and Marketing the Candidate
Conclusion
Ground Operation for Victory: Challenging the Ruthlessness of the Wounded Corporate Bankers
The Moment of September
Ruthlessness and Recklessness
The World of Derivatives, Politics, and Ruthlessness
Financialization as Economic Terrorism
Henry Paulson and the Drama of the Moment of September
Elements of the Coup
Speechless and Politics
Obama and the Presidential Campaign
The Legacies of Jesse Helms in North Carolina
Respect, Empower, Include - Observing the Ground Operation at First Hand
Youth Activists and the Wall of Hope
Tolerance and the Networks
Rowan County and Salisbury Town
Mecklenburg County and Crossing into South Carolina
The Nerve Center in Raleigh-Durham
A Divided Military
Conclusion
Beyond Messiahs: Networks for Peace and Transformation in the Twenty-First Century
Introduction
The Trap of Messianism and Militarism
Liberalism, Missionism, and the Long War
War as Peace
Would Obama End Up Like Toussaint?
Networking and Solidarity
The Peace, Anti-Racist, and Reparations Nodes of the Revolutionary Process
Peace and the Meaning of Work
Revolution and the Tipping Point
Peace and the Inheritance of Black Liberation
Progressive Women and the Peace Movement
Building a New Democracy
Conclusion
Ubuntu and Twenty-First-Century Revolution
The Setting and the Challenges
Ubuntu, Quantum Politics, and the Revolutionary Moment
Environmental Justice, a Fractal Outlook, and Quantum Leaps
Ubuntu, Self-Organization, and Self-Mobilization
Abraham Lincoln and the Second Revolution in the United States
Ubuntu, Self-Organization, and New Leadership
New Leadership and Optimism in Society
Optimism as a Political Act
Notes
Further reading
Index