Ted Talks: Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.


Daily Show: Frisky Business, White Collar Chrime ft Jessica Williams

Reporting live from "business Harlem," Jessica Williams reveals that white-collar crime is disproportionately committed by people who fit a certain profile

Reporting live from "Business Harlem," Jessica Williams reveals that white-collar crime is disproportionately committed by people who fit a certain profile.

From The Daily Show
Aired: August 13, 2013
RT: 2:35


Australia: One Nation Candidate Stephanie Banister Makes Sarah Palin Look Like a Rhodes Scholar

27-year-old mother of two from Queensland, Stephanie Banister, is hoping to represent the One Nation Party in next month’s election in Australia. She has some pretty monumental odds to overcome. She could be disqualified if convicted of charges stemming from an anti-Muslim contamination scare at a shopping center. Banister is due to face a charge of “contaminating or interfering with goods” over allegations she stuck a sticker which read “Beware! Halal food funds terrorism” on Nestle products at her local Woolworths.


Scientology Executive Describes Use of Kidnapping and Torture by Church Leaders

In 2012, Debbie Cook, who ran the "spiritual Mecca" for seventeen years, came forward and accused the church of repeated accounts of "screaming, slapping" and being "made to stand in a trash and water's poured over you" in efforts to confess her sins. This was all done in "The Hole", located at Scientology's International base in the California Desert. She claims that she was taken there against her will and forced to stay for seven weeks. The church states that she "voluntarily" participated in their program of "religious discipline."


Dan Savage Visits The Colbert Report

This is the first time Ive ever seen someone truly defeat the Colbert character in an interview. Dan Savage does an incredible job here, even managing to get the last word, which never happens. Colberts record is now 1206.


Steven Spielberg's Obama

Daniel Day-Lewis is Barack Obama in Steven Spielberg's movie Obama.

Created for the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner.


Crash Course: Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10

In which John Green teaches you about founding father and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is a somewhat controversial figure in American history, largely because he, like pretty much all humans, was a big bundle of contradictions. Jefferson was a slave-owner who couldn't decide if he liked slavery. He advocated for mall government, but expanded federal power more than either of his presidential predecessor. He also idealized the independent farmer and demonized manufacturing, but put policies in place that would expand industrial production in the US. Controversy may ensue as we try to deviate a bit from the standard hagiography/slander story that usually told about old TJ. John explores Jefferson's election, his policies, and some of the new nation's (literally and figuratively) formative events that took place during Jefferson's presidency. In addition to all this, Napoleon drops in to sell Louisiana, John Marshall sets the course of the Supreme Court, and John Adams gets called a tiny tyrant.

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Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course

In the beginning, soon after the US constitution was adopted, politics were pretty non-existent. George Washington was elected president with no opposition, everything was new and exciting, and everyone just got along. For several months. Then the contentious debate about the nature of the United States began, and it continues to this day.

Washington and his lackey/handler Alexander Hamilton pursued an elitist program of federalism. They attempted to strengthen the central government, create a strong nation-state, and leave less of the governance to the states, They wanted to create debt, encourage manufacturing, and really modernize the new nation.

The opposition, creatively known as the anti-federalists, wanted to build some kind of agrarian pseudo-paradise where every (white) man could have his own farm, and live a free, self-reliant life. The founding father who epitomized this view was Thomas Jefferson. By the time Adams became president, the anti-federalists had gotten the memo about how alienating a name like anti-federalist can be. It's so much more appealing to voters if your party is for something rather than being defined by what you're against, you know? In any case, Jefferson and his acolytes changed their name to the Democratic-Republican Party, which covered a lot of bases, and proceeded to protest nearly everything Adams did.

Lest you think this week is all boring politics,you'll be thrilled to hear this episode has a Whiskey Rebellion, a Quasi-War, anti-French sentiment, some controversial treaties, and something called the XYZ Affair, which sounds very exciting.