Obama’s Harvard law prof: “The president must be defeated” in 2012

posted at 12:41 pm on June 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

While I often find myself aghast at President Obama’s displays of socialist/progressive leanings, there are plenty of really hardcore liberals who apparently think that President Obama hasn’t been progressive enough. Robert Unger — a bigtime Brazilian politician and former professor of Barack Obama’s at Harvard law, who also served as a frequent adviser to Obama in 2008 — posted a video of himself detailing the reasons he thinks it’s crucially important that President Obama not be voted into a second term. The mind reels:

Highlights:

Mr Unger, a prominent Brazilian politician and an adviser to Obama in 2008, said: ‘President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.’

He adds: ‘He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.’ …

His summary of the past four years is equally scathing: ‘Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest.’

Most of Mr Unger’s comments seem to be politically to the left of Mr Obama, but he insists that the Republicans would be no more destructive than the Democrats as ‘the risk of military adventurism’ would remain the same. …

He also suggests that, despite their fierce rivalry, the Democrats’ agenda is little different to that of the Republicans, saying the party aims ‘to put a human face on the programme of its adversaries’.

Unger criticizes both political parties, but only insofar as the Democratic party is failing to restore itself “as the vehicle for the progressive alternative in the country.” To understand exactly what he means by that, here’s a money line: “Enlist finance in the service of the real economy rather than allowing it to serve itself.” …Yeah, that sounds eerily similar to legit central planning (slash indentured servitude) to me.

Apparently, Obama was always wary of becoming real “friends” with Unger, lest his sincere leftist leanings damage Obama’s political career, but good grief — who knows, if it weren’t for those darn obstructionist Republicans…


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From Howard’s thread in the Green Room:

I agree with the conclusion – but not for the same reasons. In the full article or video, he talks about Obama not fulfilling the “progessive agenda” well enough.

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Erika and Howard posted threads at the same time on the same subject.

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Apparently, Obama was always wary of becoming real “friends” with Unger, lest his sincere leftist leanings damage Obama’s political career

does Obama have any real friends? I mean, besides the Choom Gang n’ such….?
/questions

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

So Obama needs to be voted down because he’s a Trotskyite rather than a Lenninite?

wildcat72 on June 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I agree that this comes true, bho MUST BE DEFEATED!
L

letget on June 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Great, don’t re-elect him because he hasn’t screwed the country ENOUGH. Brilliant.

clippermiami on June 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Where the hell does this goof Unger get his boneheaded inspiration from, the villain Loki in “The Avengers” who says that what mankind really craves is freedom from freedom?!!!!!

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Good lord.

That should tell you all you need to know about leftist teachings in our universities.

The good professor also teaches a law school course titled “Redefining Democracy”.

BacaDog on June 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I wouldn’t get too excited about this. Unger is a strange duck. A hard left utopian who teaches a class in how The Constitution does not mean what it says and must be scrapped any way so the world can operate as he wishes it to. He lives in a world filled with mind experiments, social models, and other fantasied nonsense. Law schools are filled with such.

pat on June 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Genius Harvard law professor says genius Harvard law grad president needs to be defeated.

If it took him three-and-a-half years to figure that out and it took us five minutes to figure it out, who’s the genius?

fogw on June 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Unger is a strange duck.

pat on June 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Yeah! Of the Daffy variety!

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

My guess is that Unger didn’t teach Constitutional Law.

AubieJon on June 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

God help us.

kirkill on June 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Robert (or is it actually Roberto?) Unger is a clown. I watched his spew … confidently self-assured, brooks no dissent, likely punishes all challengers; he’s wrong about almost everything. He is right about un-prezidentin’ Obama, though.

Arbalest on June 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Unger is from Brazil?

Sounds like he would be more at home in Venezuela!

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

More nedia vetting FAIL. How come we never heard about this commie in 2008?

rockmom on June 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

HARVARD!
More damage to that institution!
Everyone here want to send their kids there?

KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

My guess is that Unger didn’t teach Constitutional Law.

AubieJon on June 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

My guess would be he taught Constitutional Law as interpreted by Hugo Chavez.

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

We have a Kenyan in office, a Brazilian as an advisor, and a Greek funding everything…anyone see the problem.

neyney on June 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Racist.

vinman on June 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Mr Unger is putting on this show to make Obama look more near the center than he is.

ansonia on June 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Instapundit linked a great essay(written by the Devil himself),basically shredding this fools entire premise, it’s well worth the read, even if you know nothing about Unger,
Bob
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3822&context=fss_papers

Bobnormal on June 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This is the same argument the Hollywood Uberdouches give as well.

He wasn’t “progressive enough

Great. This clown was slithering around Hahvahd warping young minds, and was an “adviser” to O’Butthead in 2008.

They say you can tell a person by the company he keeps. Too bad a lot of people – the LSM included – “forgot” to do their homework in ’08 and were caught up in “hey a black guy who’s not Bush running against a lame-ass candidate. We’ll have enough of the stupid, ignorant and guilt-ridden vote to put us over. We got this!”

Hillary should’ve wiped the floor with this loser in the primaries.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It was inevitable. Either Obama or Karl Marx was going to get thrown down the stairs and it wasn’t going to be Karl Marx.

WalrusRex on June 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Barry was heard singing:

Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am
Stuck in the White House with you

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Challenge: find anyone in President Kardashian’s past or present who isn’t just like this guy.

txhsmom on June 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Wasn’t there a time a very long time ago when Harvard actually stood for something, instead of these days where they will fall for anything?

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Besides Hillsdale, do conservative colleges exist?

Oil Can on June 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Clearly, the man is a racist. That said, I’m glad to have him on our team until Nov 7. I don’t really care why he and people like him stay home or better cast a cynical vote for Romney so long as they do.

The Count on June 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

does Obama have any real friends? I mean, besides the Choom Gang n’ such….?
/questions

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

No. who in their right mind would befriend such a POS?

GhoulAid on June 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Left on left cannibalism is fun to watch.

CurtZHP on June 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh, he’s advanced the progressive agenda quite enough for me, thanks.

Bob's Kid on June 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So he’s not marxist enough for his professor.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Besides Hillsdale, do conservative non-marxist colleges exist?

Oil Can on June 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

FIFY.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

We have a Kenyan in office, a Brazilian as an advisor, and a Greek funding everything…anyone see the problem.

neyney on June 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Who is the “Greek funding everything”???

If you mean George Soros, he was born Hungarian, not Greek.
(Although to me the name “Soros” does sound more like a Greek name than a Hungarian one to these uninitiated Yankee ears.)

Yiwen on June 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

A hard left utopian who teaches a class in how The Constitution….

pat on June 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Utopian? We call them hard-core socialists in this neck of the woods.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I gotta admit, it’s tough to find a candidate who is communist enough to satisfy Harvard faculty.

The Rogue Tomato on June 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Besides Hillsdale, do conservative colleges exist?

Oil Can on June 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Yes they do, but you have to search for them. Here is an interesting little one:

http://www.deepsprings.edu/home

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Most of Mr Unger’s comments seem to be politically to the left of Mr Obama, but he insists that the Republicans would be no more destructive than the Democrats as ‘the risk of military adventurism’ would remain the same.

What a loony theory! I’m so relieved that no one on our side would think this way.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

We have a Kenyan in office, a Brazilian as an advisor, and a Greek funding everything…anyone see the problem.

neyney on June 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

KGB

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

So Obama needs to be voted down because he’s a Trotskyite rather than a Lenninite?

wildcat72 on June 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

This is the real issue, and you are dead-on. This is about how best to spread their Communist cancer. Differences of direction and opinions between Communists; but, still both Communists.

Sidebar – when those on HotAir use the term, “progressive,” those on HotAir are doing the bidding of those who prefer that such euphemisms be used, instead of the truth – that what they really are are Communists.

Call them Communists – not what they want you to call them.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Besides Hillsdale, do conservative colleges exist?

Oil Can on June 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

There is a college about thirty minutes from my house, Grove City, which has never accepted federal funds. I don’t know if that independence translates to conservative just because they don’t accept those funds, but I will be checking them out soon. My daughter is only twelve.

Night Owl on June 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Obama is a Maoist. Say, has everyone read this?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/meeting_young_obama.html

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

It’s been clear, for a very long time, that the Communists have targeted the “elite” law schools. After all, this is where our future Supreme Court justices will come from – and they know it.

Just think, a Supreme Court packed full of Communists – America is well on the way.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Tell you what professor, I’ll help you obtain that goal by voting for Romney.
You help by voting for whomever the Communist Party of the USA manages to get on the ballot, or whomever the Green Party puts on the ballot or whomever you like as long as it ain’t Obamao.

Together we can achieve this goal!!!!

Bubba Redneck on June 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Sidebar – when those on HotAir use the term, “progressive,” those on HotAir are doing the bidding of those who prefer that such euphemisms be used, instead of the truth – that what they really are are Communists.

Call them Communists – not what they want you to call them.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

Obama is a communist. Lots of people dispute that simply because he doesn’t rule like a communist. But that’s only because he’s stuck in a system that doesn’t suit his communist goals, and he’s too weak and ineffective to turn the USA fully communist (if that were possible).

The Rogue Tomato on June 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Kinda looks like Himmler.

Bubba Redneck on June 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Columbia University has been on a mission of communist indoctrination since the turn of the 20th century:

http://historyhalf.com/columbia-university-and-communism/

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

We weren’t progressive enough! It wasn’t on a big enough scale!

Isn’t that always the rationalization for why leftist progressive schemes fail? I would expect a little more creativity from a Harvard prof.

bitsy on June 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

There’s also this article at the same blog. Click on the “Campus Life” category. Some really interesting articles in there.

http://historyhalf.com/columbia-university-today/

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

So the takeaway here is that Obama has proved – yet again – that progressivism cannot succeed so now it’s time to paint Obama as inept instead of ideal that is progressivism.

gwelf on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

OT: mexican president praising dear leader for his valor and courage in this new edict…

of course, he doesn’t have to take care of his citizens…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

Obama is a communist. Lots of people dispute that simply because he doesn’t rule like a communist. But that’s only because he’s stuck in a system that doesn’t suit his communist goals, and he’s too weak and ineffective to turn the USA fully communist (if that were possible).

The Rogue Tomato on June 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Yeah he’s marxist, and sadly is actually doing a pretty good job of turning the whole country into one big Communist state. What’s even sadder is many in the GOP are helping him do it.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“Inequality” – just another word for diversity!

Valkyriepundit on June 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Geez, prof, didn’t you hear he’ll have “much more flexibility” in a second term?

Odysseus on June 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

But is this guy part Cherokee?

KS Rex on June 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Anyone else here wondering how much Ungers suit costs?

Alberta_Patriot on June 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Yeah he’s marxist, and sadly is actually doing a pretty good job of turning the whole country into one big Communist state. What’s even sadder is many in the GOP are helping him do it.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

He would only succeed if the liberals win out by teaching the Constitution is a failed document. One that is “old” or “out of touch with modern civilization.”

We now, however, that freedom is something the Constitution embodies well, and that freedom is something that never gets “old.”

Turtle317 on June 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

To be fair Mr Unger, it is the Chicago way, and if you were to ignorant to figure that out before you voted for the man in 2008, I am hardly going to listen to your reasoning now.

Dr Evil on June 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Me thinks we might be witnessing “The Unger Games”.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Socialists can be pretty harsh when criticizing other socialists over their differences, most notably concerning socialist purity.

Some examples: Bolsheviks and Mensheviks did not like each other much, Stalin assassinated Trotsky, etc.

farsighted on June 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

This can be summed up quite simply as the socialist Unger doesn’t like the fascist Obama.

woodNfish on June 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I tell you what, if I ever become so rich that I can throw money at schools that I may or may not have attended in the past, I would make sure there was some clause that if one or more “professors” spouted asinine stuff like this and remained on the payroll, then the funds would be immediately withdrawn.

Are there no conservatives at Harvard?

LoganSix on June 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

This guy’s a Brazilian?

OK. Then he can take his opinion and shove it.

I don’t care what it is. It’s our election, and our country.

Red Cloud on June 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Practically speaking, this Unger dude is plain hard to listen to. Pompous, boring and over-confident, he wades in a pool of vague concepts and dogmatic theories.

When trying to convey a message, he needs to make his points clearly and succinctly.

MisterElephant on June 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Yeah, that sounds eerily similar to legit central planning (slash indentured servitude) to me.

Ineptocracy

A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

When your opponent is a clueless amateur, what exactly is wrong with being an obstructionist?

Fred 2 on June 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Begs to ask, was Unger’s daddy an escaped Nazi war criminal? A few of them ended up in S.A. after the wahr. Where does Harvard find these people?

Kissmygrits on June 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Practically speaking, this Unger dude is plain hard to listen to. Pompous, boring and over-confident, he wades in a pool of vague concepts and dogmatic theories.

When trying to convey a message, he needs to make his points clearly and succinctly.

MisterElephant on June 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

You just perfectly described EVERY lib/Dem on the national scene.

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The Republicans were sent to the House specifically to be obstructionist. Knowing that legislation is not going to pass when the Democrats hold the Senate and the Executive, the notion was to simply hold the Democrats until 2012 when we had a chance to take the Senate and possibly the executive branch.

Those 242 Republicans in the House are all that stands between us and financial destruction of this country.

At the present time calling the Republican party “obstructionist” pretty much confirms their job description. They are doing what they were sent there to do. Hold at all costs.

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Who the heck talks like this? Proof that education is a total waste of money and time. The government needs to do as little as possible and stay out of the effing way. Look at where we are now!

racquetballer on June 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

this guy is a social/political philosopher…he seems to me there was a slight german accent, but maybe it is brazilian..but his farther is german.

and Unger was pretty tight with barry during the 08 campaign, via email and blackberry…per wikipedia.

but, certainly, nothing to see here…just move along…leftist wackos are a dime a dozen. I must say, he seems quite unhappy in all the pictures in wikipedia..a dour/stern leftist.

To fully realize the liberation of humanity from the constraints of social hierarchy and the degradation of economic enslavement, and to actuate the ideals of empowered democracy and individual freedom, Unger’s work attempts to rethink these projects by bringing “insight into the actual and imagination into the possible.”[15] He has put forth bold institutional alternatives in the realms of politics, civil society, and the market.

r keller on June 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Everyone here want to send their kids there?
KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

As I’ve told my children, I wouldn’t send them to Harvard if Harvard paid me their tuition. Of course, that goes for most of the big name schools, or schools period. We’ve already decided to homeschool our rising 9th grader. I’m considering homecolleging them. :P

pannw on June 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

So, he’s going to vote for Romney then?

silvernana on June 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

What we REALLY need in this country is a hunting season for socialists and commies.

Except, I don’t want any trophies from the hunt thanks. Pyres are fine.

Wolfmoon on June 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Challenge: find anyone in President Kardashian’s past or present who isn’t just like this guy.

txhsmom on June 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Well, there is that dog he ate, but that seems to have passed.

kbTexan on June 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Watching the left wing extremists gnashing their teeth warms the cockles of me heart.

timberline on June 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Goodness, that fellow sure seems as though his knickers have been twisted. Calgon, take him away.

princetrumpet on June 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Eugene McCarthy, call your office.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Begs to ask, was Unger’s daddy an escaped Nazi war criminal? A few of them ended up in S.A. after the wahr. Where does Harvard find these people?

Kissmygrits on June 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Perhaps his daddy and Martin Bormann were on the same U-boat?

Bubba Redneck on June 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Aren’t these people creepy? I would not want to be Obama and disappoint them.

lea on June 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Sorry…
I didn’t make it to the part
where he calls for Barry to be fired.
This guys reading cadence
was kill…
ing…
me.
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And he sounds like a moron besides that anyway… Another guy with ALL the answers.
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RalphyBoy on June 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A stopped clock is correct twice a day. And Mr. Unger is correct in this case the Fed-TBTF banking cartel must be toppled. We live in a Special Interest State – where what the Founders called “factions” jostle for protection and/or favoritism from the ruling political class. And the Banking Cartel is one of the Biggest “factions.” In 2008 three of the top ten Obama campaign donors were from the list of TBTFs, headed by the vampire squid itself, Goldman-Sachs. And this kind of campaign funding, along with the TBTF moles in government decision making positions, such as Helicopter Ben and Tiny Timmy Geithner, buys very serious influence. Unfortunately, the Wall Street campaign money is apparently now going to Romney. Trust me, this is bad news. A serious effort at financial system reform will likely be stillborn no matter who wins. This is not so much an issue of competing political ideologies as it is a corrupt political class selling its – and our – soul, and tax dollars, for a few shekels.

boqueronman on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

The whiny RINO crowd is always telling conservatives that Obama is brilliant, but enacts dumb policies, that he is not evil, just wrong, and that he is a garden variety liberal…not a socialist.

But every story from his own book and from his past by other writers is chock full of communists and socialists who were his parents, mentors, professors, and friends. It seems O’Bozo never met a normal American with mainstream American views.

Isn’t that odd?

Jaibones on June 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Ugh, I agree that Obama needs to be defeated, but Professor Unger is a bit all over the board in the reasons why he must be defeated. Is Obama not progressive enough or just not progressive in the right way. I suppose we need a neo-progressive movement to install Unger as the new director of our economy. Now that would be scary.

SC.Charlie on June 19, 2012 at 3:40 AM