the opposite or counterpart of a fact or truth; the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design
argues that the obverse is true
The obverse of hope is disappointment (an affect that is today embodied in figures like the young ‘graduate with no future’). Whereas anger has traditionally been the dominant affect of the militant left, disappointment invokes a more productive relation – not merely a willed transformation of the status quo, but also a desire for what-might-be. Disappointment indexes a yearning for a lost future.
liberalism and the Democratic Party in no way represents the left-wing obverse of conservatism and the GOP. And liberals, deep down in their hearts, understand this. They have no true ideological counterpoint--no real program and certainly no vision for changing society for the better.
organizations specializing in these tactics tend not to produce mass engagement by a movement’s true-believing base. The obverse is also true. It’s nearly impossible to run a tent city, for instance, and at the same time get a well-sourced policy paper
whose political commitments were interpreted by members of the underground as being the obverse of ‘the Soviet’
The relative backwardness of conditions on the continent led liberal and conservative parties to adopt positions on economic policy that were the obverse of the ones held by their counterparts in England
mid-1800s (when Das Kapital was being written)
an ideological product of irrational neoliberalism and the obverse fatigue of the neo-Keynesians
The implied obverse, an unbroken culture, would be a more civil form of class and imperial rule.
He also examines the obverse trend in the literary marketplace, with authors increasingly expected to serve as their own “storytelling managers.”
Th e second link between war and debt is really just the obverse of the first: alongside debts imposed in order to make war, there are debts imposed in order to keep the peace.
thus bringing back the obverse figure of the norm
not sure if he means norm in the vector sense or in the common sense