Archive for November, 2010
electoral consequences : fair use and intellectual freedom

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A few big losses.

Russ Feingold, the only Senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act, lost.

Rick Boucher, Representative from Virginia, a regular supporter of fair use, lost.

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“looks an awful lot like a political assassination”

I was interested to read this review of the new documentary, ‘Client 9′, about the Eliot Spitzer takedown. The reviewer, O’Hehir, describes it as, “an act that in retrospect looks an awful lot like a political assassination.” Ya think?

“Politician caught with pants down” and “White knight has feet of clay” are stories we’re all drawn to, almost by primal instinct. They satisfyingly confirm all our worst suspicions about human nature. But that primal satisfaction was used, in this case, to distract our attention from the takedown of one of the few American politicians devoted to fighting corporate power and ruling-class privilege, an act that in retrospect looks an awful lot like a political assassination.