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Obama’s Harvard Law Professor Dumps the President

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 19, 2012

While a student at Harvard Law School, Barack Obama studied “reinventing democracy” and jurisprudence under Prof. Roberto Unger, a professor since the mid-1970s.  Unger supported Obama’s run for the White House and advised him as a candidate.  It is therefore surprising that Professor Unger has publicly urged voters not to reelect the President in the video below that includes the following statements: (the meat of these comments are at 6:35 into the recording)

  • “Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest.”
  • “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election.  He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.”
  • “He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.”
  • “He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.”
  • “Only a political reversal can allow the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life.”

While the Libertarian bent of this Blog would differ with some of Unger’s Progressive views, his main themes are profound and hard to dispute.



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