Obama’s 'New Superior Man'

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Today’s Global Man is again Superior Man, hovering lovingly above the earthly hordes, transcending all walls and barriers below. Wikipedia's clip is adequate to explain. The archetypal anti-hero, Raskolnikov, kills an annoying neighbor to prove to himself that he can: “He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.”

Like Napoleon, Global Superior Man is a product of modern times and the megalomania which arises from political abstraction. Obama’s dilemma: He is not the Sun King promised. But he never really said he was. In a way he is everybody else's problem.

The world in its entirety yearned for a Sun King, a pharaoh; a world god, an Elvis, a Ramakhrisna, a Bill to save us all at once and once and for all. And they saw it in Obama. Comparisons with the Christ were everyday, and Obama did nothing to repudiate them. 

In hindsight, it was the height of the postwar journey to globalism and democratization: A world without walls that had created a global horde striving for a titan to give it life. Like The Who’s "Tommy," waiting for someone to break the glass: “From you I get the story. Listening to you I get the music. Gazing at you I get the heat. Following you I climb the mountain. I get excitement at your feet.”

The prescient Faoud Ajami saw it first off in a Wall Street Journal essay on Oct. 30, 2008 ("Obama and the Politics of Crowds"): “There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right.”

Odd indeed, and it was from the start, not just for us but for the entire world because Obama is another of modernism’s globalist abstractions, another god that failed. He didn’t claim to be, he just carried the coat. But it was his coat.