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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Kennedy-Nixon TV Debates 1960 Strangely Familiar

If you have an hour and a belief if we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it you will want to watch this first televised presidential debate.  It is eerily reminiscent of today some 50 years later.  I am old enough to have watched this on September 26, 1960 and sad enough to wonder if democracies are making headway with the political structures, cultures and institutions we have.  Are they dated and deficient?  Do we need to redesign our political culture, parties and democratic institutions to reflect a different world we have today?  I leave that for you to reflect on.  Also reflect on the detail and depth of this debate compared to the emotional hot-button rhetoric and propaganda we see from our political discourse of today.





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