Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rigged screening May 9

Local Screening
Thursday, May 9, Rivoli Theater 6:30
What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and shot during the chaotic 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them.

1 comment:

Mark Neumann said...

Why democracy is worth defending against autocratic rulers
I find myself thinking recently that the primary trait of our species that has caused us to dominate all other life on our planet has been our ability to engage in cooperative behavior in groups for purposes beyond those of the individual. My guess is that for most of our human existence we have relied upon social organization under autocratic authority (that is, once we try to organize beyond the group we can personally know and engage with on a very local level or in a family / clan setting where we can make democracy work face to face). Trying to organize ourselves under democratic governance on a large scale is much harder. The question I ask myself today is whether or not we will be able to continue succeeding as a species if we are not able to make democracy work on a worldwide scale. Life way beyond Homo sapiens depends on us being able to succeed with democratic governannce of the people, by the people and for the people. Once someone gives up the hope that democracy is even possible, then the bully (autocratic) form of social organization becomes what hopeless people can hope for.