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ERIC Number: EJ857471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Obama's "Postmodernism," Humanism and History
Peters, Michael A.
Policy Futures in Education, v7 n3 p349-355 2009
The term "postmodernism" has recently been used to describe President Barack Obama, and not by just one commentator. Jonah Goldberg in a recent USA Today column, the author of "Liberal Fascism," advanced the notion that Obama is a postmodernist. Webster Griffin Tarpley, Bruce Marshall & Jonathon Mowat (2008) have written a book entitled "Obama: The Postmodern Coup" that purportedly exposes Obama from the Left, arguing that Obama is in reality "a right-winger, an elitist, a creature of Wall Street, and a deeply troubled personality, running far to the right of his main opponent" (then, Senator and now Secretary Clinton). While characterizing both views as "monstrous," the author contends in this article that what caught his eye and that requires serious attention is the attribution of postmodernist to Obama by Cardinal James Francis Stafford, a high-ranking papal official. The author does not attempt to defend Obama against these spurious charges. Rather, he tries to make clear the ideological nature of Catholic unvarnished humanism and the role it plays in the spiritual history and scientific progress of mankind. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Language: English
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