This prompted me to wonder if maybe Obama’s whole purpose is to light the fuse which triggers the global system overload – Cloward-Piven writ large. Because look at all the institutions tottering on the edge of the precipice: finances are melting down globally; U.S. diplomacy is failing on several fronts – the Muslim world, the resurgence of Soviet-style Russia, China’s growing economic dominance, etc.; the education bureaucracy is producing young adults who are either too ignorant to be functional or educated in useless, undemanded fields; people are politically polarized to extremes. It seems as though everything is being pushed away from the center, toward the unstable edges.