In what is likely his final address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama (shown at UN) offered what he described as the “broad strokes” of a “course correction” necessary to achieve “global integration.”
In order to “to carry this progress forward,” the president said that he is “convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action … binding ourselves to international rules over the long term — enhances our security.”
Next, although not mentioning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, Obama warned of the dangers of pursuing an Americanist agenda. Speaking of the need for “global integration,” Obama warned that “aggressive nationalism” and “a crude populism” — a vision promoted by the “far right” — fails to embrace “our common humanity.”
“Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” the president added, in case it wasn’t crystal clear whose proposals he was attacking.
It wasn’t enough for the sitting president to take shots at the GOP presidential hopeful, however. He took on the market economy too. Sounding like a full-throated unabashed Marxist, Obama explained that when it comes to bridging the gap between rich and poor, Obama said we could not rely on “soulless capitalism,” but would need to increase the ability of government to respond to the demands for benefits.
Governments will achieve this new paradigm of economic leveling, Obama said, by “respecting the rights of workers” and guaranteeing that workers “can organize into independent unions and earn a living wage.” He then crowed that during his administration, the United States has “worked with many nations to curb the excesses of capitalism.”
Workers of the world, unite and take over!