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The Anti-Colonialist in Chief

  • Oct 7, 2010
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The fact that Barack Obama's presidency is a historic one has been repeated so many times that it has become a truism. Whether you are his supporter, or feel extremely antagonistic towards him, chances are you will latch onto at least one of the highly idiosyncratic attributes of America's 44th president in order to make the larger case for your particular set of attitudes. Likewise, gallons of ink have been spilled on writing books and articles about him, all of them aiming to reveal some new shocking or marvelous detail in his life or policies.

A big part of this fascination comes from something that may seem quite counterintuitive at first: we still don't know a whole lot of who Barack Obama really is. Whether by design or by circumstance, very little has been made public concerning Obama's formative years, especially from the point of view of the third parties who should have known him well at the time. This veritable "information vacuum" has invited many, from all parts of the political and ideological spectrum, to project their own ideas onto this man. With varying degrees of plausibility and candor, all of these accounts aim to reduce Barack Obama's motivations and aims to one or two features from his biography. Thus we learn that we can best explain him as a socialist, or a Muslim, or a non-American, or Black or civil libertarian, or community activist, or Ivy-leaguer, and so forth, and so forth. Personally I was never swayed by reducing anyone's motivations in life to a single biographical dimension, regardless of who happens to be promoting it. This is why I was very skeptical about the premise of this book - that we can best understand Obama in terms of the anti-colonialist worldview that he inherited from his Kenyan father, and which he developed over decades in the halls of American academia. However, after reading this book, I was completely convinced that if anti-colonialism is not the only motivating force behind Obama's action, then it certainly looks like the single most important one.

Dinesh D'Souza makes a very convincing case, based on his own experience with the trends in academia, and even more importantly based on the worldview that he himself grew up with. Growing up in Mumbai, India, he was well versed in the canon of ant-western grievances that are still to this day echoed throughout the developing world. Ordinary people in America are probably not familiar with these sentiments, and are in fact shocked when they realize that the United States is considered to be the most powerful colonial country in the world. After all, United States does not own any colonies, nor has it ever owned any (with perhaps a questionable exception of Philippines). Even more shockingly most of the intellectual groundwork for maligning the US as a colonial power is these days done at the US colleges and universities. When one takes Barack Obama's personal and educational history into the account, and reads the documents that have been promoted by many of his most ardent early supporters and mentors, then it becomes utterly unsurprising that Obama himself would espouse this die-hard anti-colonialist worldview. Furthermore, many of his actions, large and small, that have until now been rather puzzling, all of a sudden become intelligible. Disdain for European (and especially British) heads of state, frequent apologies for past US foreign involvements, kowtowing to the third-world dictators, endorsement of economic policies that are designed to redistribute wealth between the developed countries and the third world, all of these measures and actions are perfectly consistent with a person who has a very strong anti-colonial ideology.

Dinesh D'Souza has provided us with a mesmerizing and insightful book that goes a long way in explaining Barack Obama - what motivates him, the way he sees the world and what we can expect from his future policies. This is also a very well written and engaging book, and it was hard to put down. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in politics and current affairs.

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“Stunning...the most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.” —NEWT GINGRICH

The Roots of Obama’s Rage reveals Obama for who he really is: a man driven by the anti-colonial ideology of his father and the first American president to actually seek to reduce America's strength, influence, and standard of living. Controversial and compelling, The Roots of Obama’s Rage is poised to be the one book that truly defines Obama and his presidency.


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ISBN-10: 1596986255
ISBN-13: 978-1596986251
Author: Dinesh D'Souza
Publisher: Regnery Press

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