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Great political documentaries (No24) 4 Little Girls

Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about humanity. Over 150 years after Thomas Jefferson first wrote that all men are created equal, a huge chunk of the American population still thought it was acceptable to discriminate against people due to the &...

Political predictions they got wrong (No33) Newt Gingrich keeps getting it wrong

When people on the right attempt to defend Newt Gingrich they usually avoid mentioning his many character flaws and try to talk up his intelligence. For instance, during the 2012 primaries his supporters could often be seen and heard in … Conti...

Online piracy, President Obama, Kim Dotcom, American politics

Kim Dotcom, the Internet tycoon at the centre of a US investigation into online piracy and fraud has launched a music video attacking US anti-piracy laws and Hollywood’s influence on American politics.Described by one Twitter user as “Kraftwerk m...

Great political documentaries (No23) The War Room

The War Room isn’t the first attempt to take a behind the scenes look at how a political campaign is run, Joe McGinniss’s book The Selling of the President had already done it in 1968. However it was the first major … Continue read...

Great political movies (No51) Bob Roberts

Few things age as quickly as satire. Because it’s so often heavily reliant on news and topical events, what’s cutting edge one day can be irrelevant a few weeks later. For instance it’s actually quite difficult to watch old episode...

Great mistakes in politics (No40) Nixon pledges to campaign in all 50 states in 1960

There are a lot of reasons why Richard Nixon lost the 1960 Presidential election to John F Kennedy. These include the fact that Kennedy was more adept at using the relatively new medium of TV, he had a better running mate in … Continue readin...

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by Don Donovan's World on Jul 10, 2012

Political predictions they got wrong (No31) Paul Samuelson’s Economics

If you go into any decent second-hand book shop and look in the economics section, I’d be willing to bet you’d find several different additions of Nobel prize winner Paul Samuelson’s best-selling textbook Economics. First published...

An Interview with Dave Wakeling of the English Beat

That a conversation with Dave Wakeling ostensibly about music soon shifts to matters of sociopolitical concern shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with the man's career, most notably his stint as the principal songwriter, singer, and guitarist for the...
by Write On Music on Jul 10, 2012

Great political movies (No49) Joe

Joe isn’t the first film to satirize Middle America’s reaction to the 1960s counter-culture (Wild in the Streets got there first by a year), but it is one of the more political incisive. Normally when you see a movie advertised as bei...

Youth Voter Apathy Going Into 2012

“Why should I vote? It’s not like it really counts anyway.” I have heard things like this more than any Political Science major wants to hear it. The apathy of our generation towards the political system has become almost our definitio...
by The Indie Star on May 28, 2012

Why For Thee And Not Me?

If Ron Paul's alleged past associations with certain organizations and actions (Constiutional Party, racist letter etc.) come up as points to question his credibility, then why are President Obama's past links to or with, for example, Jeremiah Wrig...
by The Commenator on Apr 27, 2012

Misquotes And Arizona

The thing I find interesting is the President and his defenders are quick to go after Limbaugh for alleged misquotes or misleading comments, yet...itsokay when he does it, eh? What about leading by example? Nah. *** For the second time in the las...
by The Commenator on Apr 26, 2012

It's For Our Own Collective Good. Shhh. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright. Shhh.

It's always a source of entertainment to read government literature. "One day. One day, Maude, I swears peoples are-a gonna wake up and git it." "Children employed in agriculture are some of the most vulnerable workers in America,&q...
by The Commenator on Apr 25, 2012

The One And Only Holocaust!

“We must tell our children about a crime unique in human history,” Obama said. “The one and only Holocaust — six million innocent people — men, women, children, babies — sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being Jewish...
by The Commenator on Apr 23, 2012

Alfred E. Obama

I don't think the economy will turn around in the United States. If it doesn't, President Obama's chances of reelection whither. Meh. I never liked that empty, puerile campaign slogan 'Yes we can' much anyway. It's as if the Democrats put their mar...
by The Commenator on Apr 22, 2012

Great mistakes in politics (No38) The Strategic Hamlets project in Vietnam

All wars lead to mistakes. The Vietnam conflict probably led to more than most others combined. The number of studies devoted to where the French, South Vietnamese and USA went wrong would take years to fully digest. For those without … Continu...

Great political movies (No47) Path to War

Path to War begins with Lyndon Baines Johnson’s inauguration ball in 1965. In his speech he toasts his forthcoming administration, boasting that it features more talented and educated staff than any other government in US history. As Will Rogers on...

We're All Legal Scholars Now

Where does he (Biden) come up with this stuff? Franken, according to wiki, graduated with honors in political science. Academically smart and capable, but no "legal scholar."...
by The Commenator on Apr 16, 2012

Great political TV series (No8) Generation Kill

In the aftermath of the Iraq debacle it’s often forgotten how swift the actual invasion was. From entering Iraq to the  fall of Baghdad, the whole thing took less than a month. Of course that’s when the real problems began. … Continue read...


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