Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sailer Wrong on Obama
Steve Sailer wrote an elaborate psychoanalitic essay on Barack Obama, based on Obama´s literary production. He tracked Obama´s abandoning the legal profession (a Black harvard lawyer!) and seeking out a humble community organizer job for a Chiago non-profit, and attributed this strange decision to spiritual hangups from Obama´s ancestry. Sailer has been hypnotized by Obama´s oratorial and literary talent and forgot that things are always less complicated than they look. The truth, as I see it, is quite ordinary. People tend to follow their parents trade, and that is what Obama has done.
Obama´s mother was one of those professional NGO persons that infest the Third World. American protestants have lost the faith in God but they didnt lose the pattern of doing missionary work. Obama´s mother Dunham-Soetoro was a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development on setting up a village credit program (the pic show a fishery microfinance project in action, in Indonesia), then a Ford Foundation program officer in Jakarta specializing in women’s work. Later, she was a consultant in Pakistan, then joined a large microfinance bank. She must have been one of those energetic American NGO women I met Africa.
Obama has naturally fell into the same line of work, community organization among Chicago natives. Exactly as I am following my father´s line of work in Hungary´s water planning organization and later in Obras Sanitarias de la Nación, Barack Obama has found himself in the same line of work as his late mother (the only parent he had).
Moreover, he tends to gravitate to people coming from the same non-profit environment. Obama´s mother was working in Jakarta under Peter F. Geithner, the Head of the Ford Fundation mission at that time. By coincidence, Obama has selected the son of that man to be his economic right-hand man: Timothy Geithner. They share the same language of the Ford Foundation.
Having met and worked with these people, I would say they are honest and good people with a stupid, romantic ideology. At some point Obama may propose government-financed artesanal industries to save America. He has not done it yet, a point in Obama´s favour and against my theory.
Moreover, I shall add that further this year, the idea of micro-finance, of community micro-banking, will be supported by the American Government. Obama and Geithner know first hand Indonesia´s microfinance history, they know what an unit desa is, and how ¨appropriate¨ these organisations are.