Hopeless – Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn Olympia, WA
Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn and Mike Whitney of “Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion” will be hosting a Q&A and book signing in Olympia, WA April 17th.
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia St. NW
Olympia, WA 98501
“Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right.”—Noam Chomsky
The election of Barack Obama sparked long-dormant tingles of optimism in even the most entrenched political cynics. But the promise of an Obama revolution fizzled out even before his inauguration, as the president-in-waiting stocked his cabinet with corporate hacks, cut secret deals with Wall Street titans and plotted a bloody escalation of the senseless war in Afghanistan. Here is a scathing indictment of the Obama presidency from the best writers on the American Left. Hopeless is a view of Obama’s policies from the trenches: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. From Obama’s sell-outs to big oil and the nuclear industry to his continuation of savage Bush-era policies in the CIA’s global network of secret prisons, this fast-paced chronicle will outrage the politically naive, delight the critical and inspire those looking for an alternative to the dismal politics of lesser evilism. As Emma Goldman famously quipped, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Let this book stand as a painful reminder to those who think anything less than social struggle will net tangible gain.