Neo-Dum and Neo-D
Although the occasional claim that the election of President Obama has ushered us into a post-racial society is obviously wrong, it’s fairly clear that the country that’s just elected a black president (and that produced so many votes for the presidential candidacy of a woman) is a lot less racist and sexist than it used to be.
[H]ow we are to understand the fact that we’ve made so much progress in some areas while going backwards in others. And an almost equally obvious answer is that the areas in which we’ve made progress have been those which are in fundamental accord with the deepest values of neoliberalism, and the one where we haven’t isn’t. We can put the point more directly by observing that increasing tolerance of economic inequality and increasing intolerance of racism, sexism and homophobia – of discrimination as such – are fundamental characteristics of neoliberalism. Hence the extraordinary advances in the battle against discrimination, and hence also its limits as a contribution to any left-wing politics.
...American universities are exemplary here: they are less racist and sexist than they were 40 years ago and at the same time more elitist. The one serves as an alibi for the other: when you ask them for more equality, what they give you is more diversity.
So, remind me again how much difference swapping Rs for Ds is going to make? The health
care debacle, insurance company bailout, the propaganda for a permanently higher rate of unemployment, the continued housing crisis, the utter failure to regulate, let alone break up, the big banks, and the consolidation and rationalization of Bush's authoritarian gains make the answer to that question quite clear:
Almost none. Thanks, "progressives"!