Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Bummer of an Election

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 40 -- October 6, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #241, October 9, 2012

A Bummer of an Election

In brief

With Election 2012 we return to lesser-of-two-evils time. Or do we instead denounce the whole charade? For Progressives, Romney is G.W. Bush III--and so is Obama, pretty much. What to do?

We'll read essays on crummy presidential elections by W.E.B. Dubois ("Why I Won't Vote," 1956) and Chris Hedges ("How Do You Take Your Poison?" September 2012). We'll hear a funny trailer for a pretend GOP horror movie about Obama's second term. Plus a satiric rant by Lee Camp and a bit of music by Bruce Cockburn.

Below: W.E.B. Dubois (1950s)

Notes, credits, & links

The trailer 2nd Term O2H was produced by The Final Edition Radio Hour. Lee Camp's rant is from his "Moment of Clarity" podcast #162.

The full text of W.E.B. Dubois' "Why I Won't Vote" is here.

The full text of Chris Hedges' "How Do You Take Your Poison?" is here.

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Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Above: Chris Hedges

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