In his Vox interview, Obama predicted that immigration would overwhelm conservative causes.
If “you go to Tennessee and it turns out that you’ve got this huge Kurdish community. And you go to some little town in Iowa and you see some Hasidic Jewish community, and then you see a bunch of interracial black and white couples running around with their kids… in these little farm communities, and you’ve got Latinos in the classroom when you visit the schools there,” he said.
“So people are getting more and more comfortable with the diversity of this country, much more sophisticated about both the cultural differences but more importantly, the basic commonality that we have,” he said.
That diversity hinders conservative priorities, he said.
Obama also used the interview to declare the free-market has failed to deliver economic opportunities and decent wages throughout society. “A lot of the [economic] distributional questions that used to be handled in the marketplace through decent wages or health care or defined benefit pension plans — those things all are eliminated…the average employee, the average worker, doesn’t feel any benefit,” said Obama.
The market’s failure, he said, requires more progressive government intervention in the economy. “So part of our job is, what can government do directly through tax policy?” he asked. “[E]ven before taxes are paid, are there ways that we can increase the bargaining power: making sure that an employee has some measurable increases in their incomes and their wealth and their security as a consequence of an economy that’s improving.”
“There’s been some interesting conversations globally around issues like inclusive capitalism and how we can make it work for everybody,” said Obama. (Inclusive Capitalism I suspect has nothing to do with Capitalism)
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Wow...basically Obama is channeling his inner-Mao....Mao's Little Red Book
- The number of intellectuals who are hostile to our state is very small. They do not like our state, i.e., the dictatorship of the proletariat (Obama), and yearn for the old society (Capitalism/Free-market). Whenever there is an opportunity, they will stir up trouble and attempt to overthrow the Communist Party and restore the old China. As between the proletarian and the bourgeois roads, as between the socialist and the capitalist roads, these people stubbornly choose to follow the latter. In fact, this road is impossible, and in fact, therefore, they are ready to capitulate to imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism. Such people are to be found in political circles and in industrial and commercial, cultural and educational, scientific, technological, and religious circles, and they are extremely reactionary.
- There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. (Which is why the middle class must be destoyed) This tendency will become rampant if we in the slightest way neglect political work among the peasants during the co-operative movement and for a very long period after.
- The imperialists (capitalists?) are bullying us in such a way that we will have to deal with them seriously. Not only must we have a powerful regular army; we must also organize contingents of the people's militia (civilian army?) on a big scale. This will make it difficult for the imperialists to move a single inch in our country in case of invasion. (This sounds coincidentally similar to Obama's statement that "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.")