The category Obama fits best is what scholars call the “adversary culture.” Coined by literary critic Lionel Trilling, the term describes intellectuals and artists who feel alienated from Western society and hostile to its fundamental features.The adversary culture took root in the 19th century when an avant-garde began to define themselves by defiance of established norms.
They castigated the bourgeoisie as philistines caring only about material profit. They denounced the growing capitalist class as vulgar money-grubbers.They latched onto philosophies like Marxism that gave them a platform of moral superiority from which to castigate the West. And Christianity—well, whatever was popular among the uncultivated masses warranted only contempt.
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