Monday, 27 October 2008

Stossel's Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics

A friend emailed to say this is the best thing he's ever seen on television.  Another told me she's never seen anyone expose the political process so well (yes, I have friends who talk like that).  And another just said, "He nails it!"  (Yes, I have friends who talk like that, too.)

If you've ever seen American reporter John Stossell before, or his superb 20/20 specials like 'Greed' or 'Sex, Drugs & Consenting Adults,' you'll know just how good he is at explaining so much so quickly, logically and entertainingly.

NZ's somnambulic TV presenters could learn a lot.

And now he's done it for politics -- and just in time for the November political season! -- with 'The John Stossel Guide to Politics.'  Marvellous stuff.  Take some time out today and watch it on YouTube, and contemplate the fact that this appeared in prime time on one of America's biggest TV channels:

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part one
    Can politicians ever give you everything you ever want?  Hell no, they're politicians, not magicians.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part Two
    The Bailout - what happened, who to blame, what the pollies had to do with it.  A great link to send to friends to explain WTF is going on.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part Three
    Politicians - Don't we need 'em in times of calamity?
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part Four:
    Isn't Campaign Finance Reform essential?  And does it work?  Turns out the answer to both is wrong.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part Five:
    Why subsidise farmers?  New Zealand doesn't.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics, Part Six:
    So who really runs the country?  Well, it's not the politicians, that's for sure. So what real power do they have?



  1. Watched this on youtube mere hours after it screen in the states. Very worth while.

  2. Sean Fitzpatrick27 Oct 2008, 16:46:00

    This is fantastic - love the reference to NZ farming subsidies in episode 5.

    We should link this on

  3. Well worth watching

  4. Don't forget part 5 which mentions New Zealand farmers as an example


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