November 17, 2008 9:17AM

What Does It Mean If the Marxists Are Excited about an Obama Administration?

More from our Marxist friend Norman Markowitz, contributing editor of Polit​i​calAf​fairs​.net (motto: “Marxist Thought Online”):

Obama certainly has a mandate, and it is a mandate for change. Obama’s slogan, “Change We Can Believe In,” was reminiscent of slogans like the “New Deal” of Roosevelt’s 1932 campaign and the “Great Society” banner under which Johnson won in 1964. In the latter cases, those slogans translated into the major policy domestic agendas of those administrations.

For the people who elected Obama and the increased Democratic majority, “change we can believe in”… is about creating a national public health care program more than 50 years after it was established in other major industrial nations … [a] “single payer” national health system – known as “socialized medicine” in the rest of the developed world …

The right‐​wing propaganda machine will scream socialism, and that is also a good thing. Because the more socialism comes to be identified with real policies that raise the standard of living and improve the quality of life for the working class and the whole people, the more socialism will be looked at seriously. A stronger left that follows the tradition of the Communist Party in its unbreakable commitment to a socialist future and to educating people about the value and necessity of socialist policies in the present could follow.

It would be a stretch to say that this guy speaks for president‐​elect Barack Obama, or anyone who voted for Obama.

But it is interesting how excited the Marxists are about Obama’s presidency. In particular, his health‐​care plan.