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FFF: One-Party System

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I can predict the winner of the presidential election even now: the government. In a one-party system, that’s how things work. One-party system? Yes. The American political scene makes much more sense if you think of the two parties as two divisions of the same party.

Admittedly that is hard to do at first. All American politics is presented as a tooth-and-claw rivalry between Republicans and Democrats. It is certainly true that elections determine who holds office among the parties’ candidates, and who holds office determines whose cronies get sinecures and contracts. That does give the appearance of real competition.

Moreover, the major news media are willing participants in the charade that Republicans and Democrats have substantially different ideas about things. Generally, we are asked to believe that Republicans want less government and more war, while the Democrats want more government and less war.

As you may have noticed, that makes no sense. War and government go hand in hand, and both parties want more government. Each side tends to dislike only the wars started by the other side.

Read Sheldon Richman’s complete article at the Future of Freedom Foundation.


Written by mudshark

May 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm

The Mike Wallace Interview: Aldous Huxley

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The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center, has taken on the task of putting many hours of film, from the mid to late fifties, of the early career of reporter/journalist Mike Wallace and the program, The Mike Wallace Interview. I found the one with Huxley to be exceptionally reflective from todays vantage point.

The Huxley interview can be viewed here

The Mike Wallace Interview archive can be found here

There is a percentage of their film holdings available online