Working Paper: Obama, The Crisis & The Movements

by Dan La Botz – May 17, 2009


The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and his taking office on January 6 established a new political administration in Washington just as a financial crisis threatened to bring the U.S. economy to a halt. We ask here:

  • What has Obama done in his first months in office?
  • What do the economic and political conditions and Obama’s response
    mean for the labor and social movements in this country?
  • What should Solidarity, other socialists, and labor and movement activists throughout the country be doing to respond to the crisis?

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CONTENTS

Introduction: The Promise of Hope and Change

The Economic Crisis

Obama Playing the Violin

The response of the US working class to the continuation of the wars and to the crisis has been weak, uneven and sporadic.

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