authoritarianism http://wamc.org en Herbert London: The President’s Hard Authoritarianism http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-president-s-hard-authoritarianism <p></p><p>For most of Barack Obama’s first term as president he talked passionately, if not persuasively, about the need for national unity. Even the Stimulus Bill – largely a laundry list of pent up Congressional desires – was described as a national effort to get the economy moving. His prime legislative initiative, Obamacare, was advertised as a way to extend medical coverage for those without insurance. Of course, it nationalized one-seventh of the American economy and set the stage for unprecedented government expansion. Although it may be premature to attach historical labels to the president’s first term, I think his record displays what might be called “soft authoritarianism.”</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:14:42 +0000 58183 at http://wamc.org