Why isn't this headline news? Isn't this history in the making? What's the big secret?
I can't believe I still have to ask this, but why isn't communitarianism an issue in the 2008 campaign? Why aren't American voters discussing what a communitarian political agenda is? Is it true most of them have still never heard the word spoken out loud, not even once?
Yes, it's true. Our voters don't know what it is and they certainly don't have the first clue what it means when the two leading Democrats are committed communitarians.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are BOTH communitarian candidates. This is a fact that is being reported in mainstream press now. (Not hugely covered, but enough to validate my research anyway.) We really should listen to Etzioni. He would know. If he says we're gonna have a communitarian president, we're gonna have one. Besides, it should be a no-brainer by now. It WILL be one of them chosen as the Democratic candidate. And if it's Hillary, she will win, won't she? How many women will vote for her simply because she's the first woman to run for high office? I wanted to vote for Mondale because he picked Ferraro, and I was a registered Libertarian. What if Hillary chose Barack as her V.P.? (Can she do that?) Or maybe they'll pick Oprah... she's a big fan of communitarian guru Marianne Williamson, and she's been teaching (very weird) communitarian classes at Northwestern University (home to ABCD) for years.
Can you imagine if our history books explained Hitler's rise to power like this: Hitler was elected as a "Democrat." Only the elites in Germany knew there was a politcal ideology called National Socialism. The German voters were told what it was AFTER the NAZI candidate was elected.
Who do you think will be attending Etzioni's bash in the Oval Office?
"At least many more people will learn a lot more about communitarian ideas—what more can we ask for…?" ~ Amitai Etzioni, Notes, Jan 17, 2008~
What a letdown it was when nobody answered. That was eight years ago. Today I can laugh at the style of those earliest writings, but I still can't laugh at the emotions behind them. It's painful witnessing our people endorse and support communitarians and repeat communitarian propaganda without knowing it. I just spent 10 days in Anchorage, and my life could be a living nighmare if I allowed myself to care what happens every time somebody asks me who I'm gonna vote for. After all I got back were insults and arrogant accusations that my "weird" conspiracy theory has nothing to do with "real" national politics, I've started saying, "oh I don't follow politics." Because I don't, not really. I don't read up on all the "issues." I don't watch their debates on TV. I did see Obama's victory speech in South Carolina though... and I heard Caroline Kennedy is endorsing him now.
For the most part I try to avoid dialectical issues and concentrate on their synthesis. This makes me too weird for most people I meet, and I suppose it's good that I live so far away from the city. If I defect in November I hope it's to a country with lots of wilderness areas open to immigrants; I'm looking for the same kind of deal the Russian immigrants get when they come to Alaska. I wonder if the former USSR will finance my move?
"I also think between Obama and all other candidates, there is one factor you won’t hear the American media discussing at all: HOW MUCH THE REST OF THE WORLD HATES US, AND HOW MUCH PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD HELP OUR WORLD IMAGE. Electing a cool and likeable leader who speaks in (vague but inspiring) communitarian language of unity, AND WHO LOOKS MORE LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD, immediately restores a lot of faith in the USA."