Obama and psychohistory

by John Ruberry | March 9th, 2014

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Obama and psychohistory

By John Ruberry

Isaac Asimov’s great­est and best-​known work was the Foun­da­tion series. The plot is cen­tered on the math­e­mat­i­cal model cre­ated by Pro­fes­sor Hari Sel­don – one that can sci­en­tif­i­cally pre­dict the his­tory of our galaxy. On the sur­face it appears to be a dry read, but plot twists and intrigu­ing char­ac­ters make the sto­ries work.

Barack Obama is not a math­e­mati­cian and he may not even be a reader of sci­ence fic­tion, but he is a believer in psy­chohis­tory. Obama all but tells us he knows how the future looks – and what will remain in the past.

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Upon his clinch­ing of the Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­na­tion in 2008, Obama the Ora­cle revealed, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Some­how Obama wasn’t able to pre­dict our ongo­ing snowy and bru­tally cold winter.

In 2012, with the cam­paign slo­gan of “For­ward,” Obama mocked the Repub­li­can posi­tion on women’s issues, declar­ing that it was “more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

After Vladimir Putin invaded the Crimea, Obama mourn­fully bemoaned that Rus­sia was “on the wrong side of his­tory.” John Kerry, his sec­re­tary of state, undoubt­edly with White House approval, had this to say: “It’s really 19th cen­tury behav­ior in the 21st century.”

Back to Asi­mov: The most intrigu­ing char­ac­ter in the Foun­da­tion series is a gnome-​like, ster­ile, genetic acci­dent nick­named the Mule, who uses psy­chic pow­ers to sway minds and to con­quer planet after planet. Psy­chohis­tory did not account for the Mule because it mea­sured group behav­ior, not that of an indi­vid­ual. And its 21st cen­tury fol­lower, Barack Obama, did not ascer­tain the pos­si­bil­ity that Putin would seize the Ukraine.

Obama – and this is a sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ter flaw – still believes he knows how his­tory will unfold, and most likely his vision of the future is of a world with few inter­na­tional dis­putes – and when they arise, they’ll be calmly set­tled by a United Nations committee.

But thugs like Putin, whether we like it or not, make his­tory. 

By John Ruberry

Isaac Asimov’s greatest and best-known work was the Foundation series. The plot is centered on the mathematical model created by Professor Hari Seldon–one that can scientifically predict the history of our galaxy. On the surface it appears to be a dry read, but plot twists and intriguing characters make the stories work.

Barack Obama is not a mathematician and he may not even be a reader of science fiction, but he is a believer in psychohistory. Obama all but tells us he knows how the future looks–and what will remain in the past.

Blogger defying the Pacific

Blogger defying the Pacific

Upon his clinching of the Democratic nomination in 2008, Obama the Oracle revealed, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Somehow Obama wasn’t able to predict our ongoing snowy and brutally cold winter.

In 2012, with the campaign slogan of “Forward,” Obama mocked the Republican position on women’s issues, declaring that it was “more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

After Vladimir Putin invaded the Crimea, Obama mournfully bemoaned that Russia was “on the wrong side of history.” John Kerry, his secretary of state, undoubtedly with White House approval, had this to say: “It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century.”

Back to Asimov: The most intriguing character in the Foundation series is a gnome-like, sterile, genetic accident nicknamed the Mule, who uses psychic powers to sway minds and to conquer planet after planet. Psychohistory did not account for the Mule because it measured group behavior, not that of an individual. And its 21st century follower, Barack Obama, did not ascertain the possibility that Putin would seize the Ukraine.

Obama–and this is a significant character flaw–still believes he knows how history will unfold, and most likely his vision of the future is of a world with few international disputes–and when they arise, they’ll be calmly settled by a United Nations committee.

But thugs like Putin, whether we like it or not, make history. 

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