The Greeks of Antiquity aimed for their city-states to be expressions of the highest good, and Aristotle proclaimed humans to be 'political animals.' Ever since people have argued and plotted actions of the best way they might govern--either themselves, others or both. In modern times John Dewey tried to combine public education with a participatory politics of 'the public citizen, while his critics tried to conserve more elitist goals and methods. In any case, here is were we deal the the art and science of 'who can do what to whom.'
Five 75-minute videos explore how issues of race, class, faith and gender have shaped the candidates, campaigns, and our society. The course analysis spans the presidential race from the announcements of more than ten presidential hopefuls.Access Here
An MIT set of downloadable course materials with 12 pdf files of lecture notes, syllabus, study questions covering the range of American politics from colonial times to the present.
A 90-minute BBC film. Orwell had profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism. Considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture, Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945). They have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. Access Here
Right America: Being Wronged
An HBO Documentary by Alexandra Pelosi that explores the thinking of socially conservative Americans and why they vote against themselves. Includes the rise of the 'Tea Party.' About 45 minutes.Access Here
Buying Elections: Rise of the SuperPAC
How have Super PACs changed the face of campaigns? Are there too many Super PACs? How have they changed the tone of the debate? Do the ads they produce really help Americans figure out who is a better candidate? And can voters see who's spending these unlimited amounts of money on campaigns? CrossTalking on Russia Today with Craig Holman, Seton Motley and Arun Gupta. 24 Minutes
Carl Davidson explains why the left needs to raise its understanding on these matters at least as high as the average Democratic machine precinct captain. 20 minute video.Access here