High expectations

Messiah jokes aside, it’s unclear what Barack Obama is actually expected to do which will be so new and amazing.  But, with inauguration crowds predicted to reach as much as 2 million, those expectations will certainly be high.

As Manuel Lora points out on Lew Rockwell today, part of the problem with the incredible popularity Obama currently wields is its tendency to weaken the distrust of the state which is so important in a healthy government: “It is no longer ‘us against the government.’ It’s ‘we are the state.'”  “On the other hand,” Lora continues, “perhaps Obamalism need not be negative on the long run, for once the god-president fails, the disillusionment will be deliciously widespread.”

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