Roberto Unger is Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and an eminent philosopher and social and legal theorist. Unfortunately, some of his marbles appear to have gone missing. He has come to the view that 'President Obama must be defeated in the coming election'. This is because '[h]e has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States'. Unger says:
Unless he is defeated, there cannot be a contest for the reorientation of the Democratic Party as the vehicle of a progressive alternative in the country... Only a political reversal can allow the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life. Its speech is always dangerous; its silence is always fatal.
The words I've quoted can be heard from six minutes in on the video. Unger delivers them in a manner and tone suggesting he thinks he might be the 'prophet'. He is someone who knows a lot but has forgotten certain elementary propositions: like that hoping for things to get worse in order that they may later get better isn't a good idea; as a policy it can prove disastrous.