Barack Obama and Twenty-First-Century Politics : A Revolutionary Moment in the USA
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 self-organization 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.
- Hardback | 344 pages
- 135.13 x 215.14 x 22.86mm | 517.09g
- 15 Sep 2010
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
About Horace Campbell
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.
This book helps us recognise 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 is a Chinese-American author, anti-racism activist and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C. L. R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s and 1950s. She eventually went off in her own political direction in the 1960s with her husband of some forty years, James Boggs, until his death in 1993. 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 is an American writer and journalist. He worked as a writer and editor for the left-wing Ramparts magazine. In the mid-1970s, he was one of the co-founders of Mother Jones. Among his many books is King Leopold's Gjost A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998; new edition, 2006), His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, published in 2005, is about the antislavery movement in the British Empire. Hochschild's books have been translated into twelve languages 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 A terrific addition to the current literature on this topic. -- Dr Ian Scott, Senior Lecture in American Studies, University of Manchester
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Foreword Preface Introduction 1. Revolutionary Moments and Ruptures 2. The Political Training of Barack Obama 3 Confronting Racism and Sexism in US Politics 4. Grassroots Organizing Confronts the Machine 5. Fractal Wisdom and Optimism in the Primary Campaign of 2008 6. Between the Past and the Future: The Democratic National Convention 7. Ground Operation for Victory: Challenging the Ruthlessness of the Wounded Corporate Bankers 8 Beyond Messiahs: Networks for Peace and Transformation in the 21st Century 9. Ubuntu and 21st Century Revolution Notes Index