Daily Archives: October 4, 2012

Committee for Presidential Debates

Why will we not see a third party candidate debating Romney and Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign? Because the debates are run by a private corporation composed of Democrats and Republicans called the Committee for Presidential Debates, who impose onerous requirements on third party candidates in order to lock them out of the discussion. This effort includes secret agreements with candidates on the structure of the debates, such as what issues may be addressed. Up until 1988 the League of Women Voters sponsored US presidential debates. With the creation of the CPD the LWV withdrew their support, stating that allowing the CPD control of the debates would constitute “a fraud on the American people.”

Who funds this non-profit corporation?

 In 2004, the Commission took in over $4.1 million, more than 93 percent of which came from just six contributors. On the donor list provided to the Center for Public Integrity, the Commission blanked out the names of all six. 

See also

http://www.opendebates.org/theissue/

The Cinema of African Decolonization: Lumumba (HUM303/415/455/470)

For students of HUM455 Lumumba can be seen as the dramatization of the long term consequences of the Haitian Revolution as narrated by CLR James. Both Patrice Lumumba and Toussaint L’Ouverture were key figures in the struggle to attain independence, liberty, and dignity for their countries against colonialism.

For students of HUM303 Raoul Peck’s film represents the beginning of the end of the partitioning of Africa that we’ve been discussing in reference to King Solomon’s Mines.

For students of HUM 470, here is an example of a “biopic” that melds individual and national development. Collective and personal fortunes are closely linked.

For students of HUM415, this film represents the pre-history of the period we’re studying. Decolonization was a chain of events of world-historical significance.

Here’s the trailer: