Need to Know

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on December 20, 2010

PBS television’s “Need to Know” news magazine asked for simple, concrete suggestions for fixing America. I suggested that we start with Congress by passing the Fair Elections Now Act.

The News Dissector

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on December 10, 2010

Discussed the apparent implosion of the Obama presidency this afternoon on the News Dissector, with Danny Schechter and Cherie Welch. Then spent the rest of the day listening to the great Bernie Sanders.

Obama’s Bad Deal (Nothing New About It)

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on December 8, 2010

Lawrence O’Donnell was determined to keep hope alive tonight on The Last Word in our discussion of Obama’s surrender on the Bush tax cuts. Adam Green and Jane Hamsher made good points; Ezra Klein, with wonky virtuosity, continued to put the best possible spin on a bad deal; I tried, and failed, to argue that Obama is no doubt happy with the deal he ended up with, because the man is completely without principle.

Law and Disorder

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on November 30, 2010

Great discussion yesterday on Law and Disorder, Pacifica radio, WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, with hosts Heidi Boghosian, Michael Ratner, and Michael Steven Smith.

Obama’s Corporate Problem

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on November 25, 2010

Last night I discussed Obama’s ties to corporate America on MSNBC’s The Last Word, hosted by Chris Hayes. Also appearing were Ari Berman, author of Herding Donkeys, and Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Update: Digby has a nice post on the segment here.

Update: Here’s an abridged version of the interview on YouTube.

Sweet and Sour

Posted in Reviews by Roger D. Hodge on November 15, 2010

FDL Book Salon

Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on November 14, 2010


Posted in Media by Roger D. Hodge on November 12, 2010

Firedoglake will host a book salon featuring The Mendacity of Hope Saturday November 13 (tomorrow) at 5pm ET, with Christopher Ketcham moderating.

A little post-election serenata

Posted in Commentary, Links by Roger D. Hodge on November 5, 2010

Speak, Money

Posted in Excerpts by Roger D. Hodge on October 29, 2010

From the October 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

As we prepare yet another round of offerings to the demigods of America’s political religion, we would do well to remind ourselves of what our electoral votives truly signify. Ideally, our ballots purport to be expressions of political will, which we hope and pray will be translated into legislative and executive action by our pretended representatives. Through hard and painful struggles, against daunting odds, our forebears and elders fought so long for voting rights—for unpropertied men, for women, for blacks—that we may perhaps be forgiven the error of thinking that casting a ballot is the perfection of civic virtue, the ultimate and sovereign duty of the citizen ruler. Alas, the agony of citizenship is never ending; voting is the beginning of civic virtue, not its end, and as suffrage has expanded so has its value been steadily debased. The locus of real power is elsewhere. Wealth and property qualifications, poll taxes, and the like are very far from being historical curiosities; they have simply mutated. Campaign contributions and other forms of political spending have assumed that old exclusionary function, and only those who can afford to pay are able truly to manifest their political will. Voters still “matter,” of course, but only as raw material to be shaped by the actual form of political influence—money—which molds the body politic by realizing itself in the ductile mass of common voters. (more…)

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