Stanley Kurtz has written Radical-in-Chief, an analysis and exposure of President Obamas socialist background and intentions. The following is based on a Hoover Institution interview with Kurtz, which can be found at 1. Kurtz has an interesting definition of socialism that may differ from the traditional one. The explosion of socialism in the 60s, which focused on the SDS movement, petered out when its leaders realized that there was not going to be a socialist revolution in the United States; the Reagan presidency meant that there would be no nationalization strategy. The new strategy involved a de facto public control over the economy, not by nationalization from above, but, rather, by community organizing from below! a. Founded in 1970, ACORN effectively gained control of the banking sector, and socialists of the 80s saw this as a model, and a golden pathway. 2. Follow the steps in the Reagan presidency: cuts in taxes and regulation in 83; economic recovery; 84, landslide re-election; 85, Soviet Union on the defensive. What effect did this have on Barak Obama? Steeled his resolve to resist Reagan, he focused on the fact that poverty still existed. a. Along with Jeremiah Wright, Obama fought against the economic improvements that almost all levels of society experienced, and saw same as the abandonment of the lower class. Fight middle-classness, they proclaimed. "Middleclassness" Bad "Richness" Good - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com b. Congressman Lane Evans was arguably the most anti-Reagan in the House. On the 2008 election night the guest of Candidate Obama in his hotel suite was Lane Evans. Pres Barack Obama's Close Friend & Former Congressman Lane Evans Video Must See - Democratic Underground c. In Occidental College, Obama wrote of his friendship with Marxist-Leninist professors. He was arguing a straightforward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, Obama Classmate from Occidental College emerges Obama was a Marxist-Leninist The Betrayed d. In Columbia University, 1981-83, and NYC, 83-85, he attended a series of socialist scholars conferences, and learned of the crucial role community organizing would play in socialist strategy. 3. A community organizer takes political discontent, and directs it in the direction of their long term political goals. The aim is to move the public towards socialism; stealthily socialist. In Chicago, Obama was a part of the socialist network that used the funds of the Annenberg Challenge, and included Bill Ayers and other Marxists such as Michael Klonsky, and funded the networks via the Joyce Foundation and the Woods Fund. a. Efforts and financial support brought in leftist government officials with the aim of gaining government/public control over large swathes of the private economy. b. The open and active work of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington served as a model of Obama in linking community organizing to politics, and as a way of bringing socialism into mainstream politics. 4. So, where does acceptable liberalism become socialism? There is an overlap between modernized socialism and contemporary liberalism, and as socialist gained strength in the Democratic Party, they emphasized those elements of that traditional liberal program that put the country on what might be an irreversible path to socialism. Consider aspects of Obamacare, and policies that produce a kind of de facto public ownership in various industries, as well as the kind of proxy access for government via the financial reform bill. Financial Reform Bill Leaves Proxy Access Rules with SEC | Business Ethics 5. In summary, without this knowledge of President Obamas background and intentions, many might mistakenly view his policies of regulation and reform as simple pragmatism. To be informed is to be warned.