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Pragmatist in Chief: Further Reflections on the Pragmatism of Barack Obama

Pragmatist in Chief: Further Reflections on the Pragmatism of Barack Obama Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 7­15 Editions Rodopi © 2011 Bart Schultz Although U.S. President Barack Obama has often sounded the rhetorical notes of a certain type of philosophical pragmatism, his actual policies during his presidency have to date failed to address in adequate fashion the structural inequalities that seriously compromise the American democratic potential. Thus, from the perspective of a Deweyan democratic pragmatism, which could readily side with Occupy Wall Street and related movements, the Obama presidency has yet to prove that it is truly committed to fostering the social intelligence that only a more participatory and deliberative form of democracy could realize. When I talk to Democrats around the country, I tell them, `Guys, wake up here. We have accomplished an incredible amount in the most adverse circumstances imaginable.' I came in and had to prevent a Great Depression, restore the financial system so that it functions, and manage two wars. In the midst of all that, I ended one of those wars, at least in terms of combat operations. We passed historic health care legislation, historic financial regulatory reform and a huge number of legislative victories that people don't even notice. We http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Pragmatist in Chief: Further Reflections on the Pragmatism of Barack Obama

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (2): 7 – Apr 21, 2011

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Brill
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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000197
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 7­15 Editions Rodopi © 2011 Bart Schultz Although U.S. President Barack Obama has often sounded the rhetorical notes of a certain type of philosophical pragmatism, his actual policies during his presidency have to date failed to address in adequate fashion the structural inequalities that seriously compromise the American democratic potential. Thus, from the perspective of a Deweyan democratic pragmatism, which could readily side with Occupy Wall Street and related movements, the Obama presidency has yet to prove that it is truly committed to fostering the social intelligence that only a more participatory and deliberative form of democracy could realize. When I talk to Democrats around the country, I tell them, `Guys, wake up here. We have accomplished an incredible amount in the most adverse circumstances imaginable.' I came in and had to prevent a Great Depression, restore the financial system so that it functions, and manage two wars. In the midst of all that, I ended one of those wars, at least in terms of combat operations. We passed historic health care legislation, historic financial regulatory reform and a huge number of legislative victories that people don't even notice. We

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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