Read this recent talk by Noam Chomsky about the Obama win, and why he doubts there will be any of the much touted change:
“What’s next will depend on whether the same thing happens. Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below. And the answer to what’s next depends on people like you. Nobody else can answer it. It’s not predictable.”
Especially interesting is his take on Brand Obama and the success of the marketing campaign that lead to his success in the election:
“The goal of advertising is to create uninformed consumers who will make irrational choices. Those of you who suffered through an economics course know that markets are supposed to be based on informed consumers making rational choices. But industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to undermine markets and to ensure, you know, to get uninformed consumers making irrational choices.
And when they turn to selling a candidate they do the same thing. They want uninformed consumers, you know, uninformed voters to make irrational choices based on the success of illusion, slander, and effective body language or whatever else is supposed to be significant.”
The main part of the talk is about how although the election was historic in the West, far more historic elections have occurred as much as 18 years ago in the poorer parts of the world. But from the myopic Western point of view, something is only historic if We do it, not those in the poor savages in the South.