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Posted May 4, 2004
Why Hasn't Someone Said This Before?
The dynamic works like this: Americans who suspect something fishy is going on decide that it probably isn't because if it were that would be just ridiculous and someone would have done something about it. I've found myself thinking this way on occasion. If the political process were really that unfairly schewed towards the interests of those who could afford to contribute to campaigns, then someone would change the system, right? If the U.S. were really supporting bad governments Latin America, someone would have said something about it, right? It's a sort of naivite, or perhaps merely a natural human response, like those sociology experiments where people in a smoking waiting room fail to get up, run, or even react so long as no one else seems to notice the smoke. I think that something like this has been effect with respect to the Presidential debates, and I am glad that someone has decided to finally write a book detailing the ways in which the limited debate process reduces the pool of ideas which is the real essence of a good democracy. Before reading Mr. Farah's book I thought: if the debate process were really just a sham, someone would have said something about it. And the candidates wouldn't be quite so brazen about only including the leading candidates. They would have to cover up by at least including a third party candidate here and there (besides the anomolous Ross Perot). If it were really just the Democrats and the Republicans deciding how they wanted to run the election for the most important position in the country--and arguably the world--someone would have cried foul. No Debate cries foul in a clear and unpretentious way. I found myself feeling enlightened as I read--enlightened and also angry. The debate process has been hijacked. No Debate offers a way for us to take it back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.