Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama visions


Have a calmness since the election of Barack Obama that fits within the spirit of an essay by Slavoj Zizek. In the London Review of Books (http://www.lrb.co.uk/webonly/14/11/2008/zize01_.html), he writes from a Kantian perspective on measuring true ethical progress in history. It helps explain some of my calmness in that we made history, lenses can change, possibilities are out there, history can become more progressive, i.e., democratic and fair. I do believe that there will be a paradigm shift.

I especially think in that way what with all of the economic and social problems facing the US and the world. I am not happy with the Prop8 etal votes, but I do believe that a President Obama is not with legalized heterosexism. My district leader emailed me about why should the AfAm community support lgbt people from some alleged ostracism of people of color. There are many worlds, but in my experience, most of the supporters of lgbt rights have been people of color. My hetero neighbors have been supportive of marriage equality whilst my gay neighbors have been real DL about it all. In particular, Obama has the history of talking to the AfAm church about being inclusive and respectful of its lgbt members.

I also trust the wisdom of George Soros and I hear President-elect Obama verbalize some of Soros' views. There is the talk of economic challenges but also that this is the time that new technology can lead us forward. He uses the wisdom of Susan Rice and Madeline Albright in his international policy views. Obama has lived in various countries and has multinational roots. I am particularly concerned with the violence in the DR Congo. Active genocide is ongoing as I sit in my highrise, with cable tv, some heat (lol), a notebook, and even a toilet (in a world where half of the planet does not have adequate toilet facilities).

Being a Columbia alum with a history of community organizing as well, I understand his focus on process and inclusion with an understanding of the social/political fields we live in. I just intuit and feel a zeitgeist! Of course, things could turn out wierder. There is a narrative to be written by Obama as there are narratives being written just now by others, including his detractors.

Above photo is a doddle by Barack Obama via the blog England for Obama (http://www.englandforobama.com/sunday-art-special-obama-can-draw-too). So pleased to think of how one can imagine new possibilities, opportunities, progressive change ahead!
hugs peace compassion

2 comments:

Ineke said...

as it happens our news papers opened this morning with the news of left wing voters being disappointed now that obama has named his crew. Seems like 'old politics' crept back. HOw do you feel?

flaneurMike said...

I am cool with Obama. The oligarchy has such power and control, Obama has to go step by step. I trust Obama being a Columbia alum (1982) and also doing community organizing in the 1980s. I also trust his supporters such as George Soros, Ted Kennedy, and others who suffer no fools.