winning hearts and minds with brand Obama

John Pilger speaking at Socialism 2009 in San Francisco about “the invisible government” of propaganda, the lies of Barack Obama, and the silencing of the left.

Insightful and impassioned, Pilger’s speech, entitled “Empire, Obama and America’s Last Taboo”, sets out to deconstruct the Obama myth:

“America is an ideology that is unique because its main feature is its denial that it is an ideology. It’s both conservative and it’s liberal. And it’s right, and it’s left. And Barack Obama is its embodiment.”

“In a sense, Obama is the myth that is America’s last taboo. His most consistent theme was never change, it was power.”

“Obama’s very presence in the White House appears to reaffirm the moral nation — he’s a marketing dream — but like Calvin Klein or Benetton, he’s a brand that promises something special, something exciting, almost risqué. As if he might be radical, as if he might enact change… he’s a postmodern man with no political baggage — and all that’s fake.”

John Pilger – Obama and Empire from International Socialist on Vimeo.

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