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Paging Professor Unger, paging Professor Unger

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Paging Professor Unger, paging Professor Unger

Postby johnfajardohenry » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:31 am

I've said several times here, as well as numerous times elsewhere, that Obama has been the best thing ever to happen to the Anti-Progressive movement. I've detailed some of the reasons and nobody here seems to disagree.
So I am wondering if Professor Roberto Unger of Harvard Law School is reading The Forum?

Recently the Huffington Post had an article about him in which he pretty much agrees with all I said.

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Roberto Unger, Obama's Former Harvard Law School Professor, Says The President 'Must Be Defeated'

The Huffington Post | By Bonnie Kavoussi Posted: 06/16/2012 6:12 pm Updated: 06/17/2012 8:33 pm

One of President Barack Obama's former professors appears to have turned against him, according to a recent YouTube video.

"President Obama must be defeated in the coming election," Roberto Unger, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama, said in a video posted on May 22. "He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States."

Unger said that Obama must lose the election in order for "the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life."

He acknowledged that if a Republican wins the presidency, "there will be a cost ... in judicial and administrative appointments." But he said that "the risk of military adventurism" would be no worse under a Republican than under Obama, and that "the Democratic Party proposes no new direction."

"Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest," he said. "This is less a project than it is an abdication."

The professor went on to list his complaints:

"His policy is financial confidence and food stamps."

"He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices."

"He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money."

"He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice."

"He has reduced justice to charity."

"He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight."

"He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle."

Unger also criticized the nation's current economic policies in a recent YouTube video called "Beyond Stimulus."
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It would have been nice if he had given me a shout out but its OK. I am happy just to hear him say it. Imagine, me agreeing with a self-defined progressive Harvard law prof.

So what about you progressives here on the Forum. Gonna support Obama? I'd be interested in hearing why.
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Re: Paging Professor Unger, paging Professor Unger

Postby rabble » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:25 pm

Yeah it was pretty obvious early on that he was pandering to the one percent and trying to curry favor with at least a few conservatives.

I wonder why they all still think he's a socialist muslim terrorist kenyan who faked his birth certificate but his Christian minister hates America.
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Re: Paging Professor Unger, paging Professor Unger

Postby wack wack » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:36 pm

johnfajardohenry wrote:So what about you progressives here on the Forum. Gonna support Obama? I'd be interested in hearing why.


Unless there is a challenger in a Democratic primary, the fine prof's ideas (and by extension, yours) are completely pointless. Replacing Obama with the current only other choice will not fix anything.
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Re: Paging Professor Unger, paging Professor Unger

Postby DCB » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:10 pm

wack wack wrote:
johnfajardohenry wrote:So what about you progressives here on the Forum. Gonna support Obama? I'd be interested in hearing why.


Unless there is a challenger in a Democratic primary, the fine prof's ideas (and by extension, yours) are completely pointless. Replacing Obama with the current only other choice will not fix anything.

John-boy is an unabashed Palin supporter. His idea of 'progressive' is pretty different from mine.
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