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October 08, 2010


I haven't read D'Souza's book, so I don't know how well supported his thesis is. However, I don't see naming and shaming as appropriate for this sort of psychoanalysis.

Granted the source of Obama's belief's cannot be proved objectively. But, it would be a poorer world if this sort of speculation were considered beyond the pale. If someone writes that Martin Luther King gained maturity through his difficult upbringing during the Jim Crow era, should we name and shame that writer? Of course not. Still, an analysis of King's character development cannot be proved objectively any more than an analysis of Obama's.

If Brendan were to read D'Souza's book and demonstrate that his analysis was not only unprovable but unlikely, that would be a different story.

P.S. I happen to be in Africa right now. That doesn't make me an expert, but it's certainly clear that many Africans harbor very strong anti-colonial feelings (which are justified IMHO). If Obama were to share those feelings to any degree, it's not inconceivable that they could influence his beliefs.

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