The Obama Syndrome

What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. Our panel discusses the issues raised in Ali's new book, The Obama Syndrome, including the hopes aroused during Obama’s election campaign, the financial crisis and  the  president's bail out of Wall Street, the plans for reforming the healthcare system and the continuing war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Writer, journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publishers Verso and is on the board of the New Left Review, for whom he is also an editor.

John R. (Rick) MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine is an award-winning journalist and author. He writes a monthly column for the Providence Journal and for Canada's national newspaper, the Globe & Mail. Mr. MacArthur's first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, was a finalist for the 1993 Mencken Award for books and won the Illinois ACLU's 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award.

Frances Fox Piven is widely recognized as one of America's most thoughtful and provocative commentators on America's social welfare system. She has co-authored with Richard Cloward Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (1971); The Politics of Turmoil: Essays on Poverty, Race and the Urban Crisis (1974); Poor People's Movements (1977); The New Class War (1982); The Mean Season (1987); Why Americans Don't Vote (1988); and The Breaking of the American Social Compact. She is a distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Tariq Ali, Frances Fox Piven & Rick MacArthur
September 20, 2010

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