In 2001, then state senator and University of Chicago law lecturer, Barack Obama, sat down for a public radio interview. At the time, he did not anticipate a near-term run for the presidency. He spoke candidly and deliberately about how to “break free” of Constitutional constraints against redistribution to provide “economic justice.” In the course of his interview, Obama laid out the electoral strategy of cobbling together the “power coalitions” that have been the hallmark of his 2012 re-election campaign.
Politicians are said to speak the truth only by mistake. As his
political career took off unexpectedly, Obama subsequently hid his views
on redistribution, except in unguarded moments, such as “you didn’t
build that” or “spreading the wealth around is good.” But on that day in
2001 in a Chicago
public radio station, Obama candidly expounded his political and social
philosophy as shaped by his critical-legal studies professors at
Harvard and his experience as a community organizer in Chicago.
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