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Barack Obama and Twenty-First-Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA Paperback – August 15, 2010

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“This book helps us recognize that we are living in a revolutionary moment. ... We need to develop new consciousness ... and become active in new political sites where people are creating a participatory democracy in struggles for life, education, health and community.” -- Grace Lee Boggs, author, anti-racist activist and feminist

“Barack Obama's presidency provides a rare opening for change. Whether we make use of it as we should is up to us. ... Campbell's book is a bracing reminder of all the threads of history woven into this extraordinary moment, a warning about the military and financial forces trying to keep things as they are, and an inspiration to work for the very different world that could be within our grasp.” --Adam Hochschild, writer and journalist, co-founder of Mother Jones magazine and author of King Leopold's Ghost (2006)

“Scholar-activist Horace Campbell has given us a provocative new perspective on the United States' first Black president. The book is a 'must read' for those interested in Black American and American politics and the shifting global realities of the 21st century. It is sure to spark animated debate.” -- Barbara Ransby, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, University of Illinois–Chicago

“Horace Campbell probes the campaign of Barack Obama and finds a revolutionary potential vested in the use of new strategies and in its agenda for progressive social, economic and political change that would be historic if successfully affected in governance and accepted by a society truly ready for change.” -- Ronald W. Walters, former Director of the African American Leadership Institute of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

About the Author

Horace G. Campbell teaches at Syracuse University in New York. He has been involved in the peace and justice movements for decades. His most important book, Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney, is going through its seventh edition. He is also the author of Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745330061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745330068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States of America in 2008 was unprecedented, and took place at a critical moment in the history of US and world politics.

The book, "Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA," examines the economic, political, social, and historical threads woven into the revolutionary elections. Horace Campbell is the author of several other books, including "Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation" and "Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney."

In Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics, Campbell offers explanation for the current political climate in the U.S., and proposes a new theory for politics, couched in the African humanist philosophy of Ubuntu.

Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics interrogates the conventional understanding of revolution, usually the violent ousting of an existing order by self-acclaimed revolutionaries (p xiii). It redefines revolution as a "fundamental transformation in the society, sustained by a consciousness of the challenges of the moment bound to a new form of thinking among the rank and file of the society" (p xiii). At revolutionary junctures, the old ideas that prop up the previously existing order can no longer sustain the new realities.

At the moment of the elections, five revolutionary challenges confronted the American society (p 11-15). First, a financial crisis led to massive government bail-out of giant corporations and some mega banks, against the laissez-fare ideology of neo-liberal economics. Second, the counter-productiveness of military might in international relations was being amplified.
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