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American Political Culture & Other Jokes

Program #IVIM002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on April 05, 1994.

Differences between Democrats and Republicans are increasingly blurred. While tactics may vary, the two parties share assumptions and goals. Big money dominates politics. Who runs and who gets elected is more often than not determined by the size of their campaign treasure chests. Corporations and PACs, political action committees, make large contributions to candidates of both parties. Lobbyists and their checkbooks wield enormous influence and power. And what about the people? Well, they respond to a perceived lack of choice by dropping out. Fed by media bread and circuses, apathy and cynicism abound. The U.S. has the lowest rate of voter participation of any industrialized country.

Speaker(s):

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins was a keen and trenchant observer of the American political scene. Her razor sharp wit and cogent writing generated legions of fans. Based in Austin, her nationally syndicated column appeared in more than three hundred newspapers. In addition to compilations of her brilliant, hilarious liberal columns, she wrote with Lou Dubose Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush and Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America. She was working on a book documenting the Bush administration's assault on the Bill of Rights when she died on January 31, 2007. She was a strong supporter of AR. We will miss her.

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