By the numbers: Barack Obama’s contribution to the decline of US democracy

I am in some ways a fan of Barack Obama, but here is a stirring piece by Professor John Weeks, criticising his presidency from a left perspective and blaming him, at least partly, for the rise of Trump, with evidence to back it up. Maybe Obama was constrained by the political system and the nature of the financial crisis, but it nevertheless makes for interesting reading.

By John Weeks | EReNSEP| The iconic slogan “Yes, we can!” inspired the wave of enthusiasm that swept up millions of Americans during the presidential election of 2008 and carried Barack Obama to the White House. If that slogan epitomized the beginning of the Obama presidency, he had an equally iconic ending: the first African-American president shaking hands with the first president-elect in at least 100 years endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan […]

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