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September 9th, 2010 6:45 pm
Barack Obama, Anticolonialist

Best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza has an eye-popping theory that tries to explain President Barack Obama’s approaches to domestic and foreign policy.  In short, Obama appropriated a dream from his father that America – and the business leaders that make it prosperous – are to blame for the world’s problems.  And thus, they should be brought down a peg (or ten) to equalize the global ledger.

It may seem incredible to suggest that the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is espoused by his son, the President of the United States. That is what I am saying. From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet.

For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West. And here is where our anticolonial understanding of Obama really takes off, because it provides a vital key to explaining not only his major policy actions but also the little details that no other theory can adequately account for.

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