Why today’s populist uprising could be great for progressives

From David Sirota, author of The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, blogging at Firedoglake.

Obama has one foot firmly planted inside the establishment and has presented himself as having one foot outside the establishment, and the question remains whether he is a candidate who used the pretense of insurgency to be another establishment stooge or whether he is the real deal? I think he’s the real deal – but we will need a full-fledged social movement to make sure of it.

Imagine if all the populist movements; urban, rural, Left, Right, could find common ground. Then we’d have something powerful indeed. Obama, whether he wants to or not, is unleashing a populist upsurge. Sirota is correct. We need to take advantage of it.

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