January 23, 2009 by Gsmith
My internet friend and fellow digital bolshevik Larry Hamelin writes in The Barefoot Bum: Obama and torture:
One critical ideological goal of the Bush administration was to establish absolute executive authority. The Bush administration tortured people not just because they’re sadistic bastards — and they tap into the sadistic tendencies in the population — but also to establish that they could torture people and get away with it.
It is not enough that Obama’s administration will not torture people. If Obama allows those who did in fact torture people to escape without punishment he is just as guilty of suborning torture…
To some extent the criticism which is already being leveled at President Obama parallels some of the criticism of the Mormon Worker. I’m amused by the existence of an anarchist bible, not to mention the fact that some anarchists ostensibly attempt to browbeat and coerce other anarchists into political participation (abstaining from voting, last I checked, was participating) along anarchist party lines.
I guess there’s a fine line in criticizing people you generally agree with and browbeating the same people over specific points in an attempt to find common ground.
Should we (radical types) consider President Obama someone we generally agree with? I’d like to think I agree with him in theory on many small things. He’s a guy I’d probably enjoy jogging with.
President Obama may well be a nice fellow, and I’m sure he’ll try to make as many cosmetic changes as he possibly can; but the fact that he may attempt to make the structure of the present system more pleasant than the last acerbic character who sat in the captain’s chair might only make him more dangerous from a strategic perspective.
The fact that Dick Cheney has not been arrested ought to be ample evidence that we actually live in a one-party plutocracy.