- Jan 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm #3626890
PBS – part 1 tonight 10PM to midnight tonight Monday, part 2 tomorrow (at least on my station)
this looks interesting
4 hours is a lot of time – typical PBS – agonizingly boring yet illuminating
talking about how things got so divided and emotionalJan 13, 2020 at 2:01 pm #3626891
hopefully they’ll tell us how to get out of this mess
I doubt itJan 14, 2020 at 4:50 pm #3627105
Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Careful, Trump will hold their funding.Jan 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm #3627106
I recorded it but haven’t watched it yet
Higher priority was to watch “The Bachelor” and “Below Deck”Jan 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm #3627252
Okay, I watched the whole thing
I got Brenda to watch for 15 minutes before she got so depressed watching old video clips she told me to stop so I watched the rest the next day without her.
Frontline’s formula is to identify a sequence of events that one leads to the next that leads to the next,… Reality is more complicated but even so, it’s informative.
Just to sum it up, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Obama started out talking about unifying the country but by the end of their presidencies the opposition didn’t cooperate forcing the president to adopt a us vs them position.
Trump started out divisive and has only gotten worse.
They just go over a lot of events on the path to this.
“This country goes into 2020 as divided as it’s ever been. It will go through 2020 with one of the most devisive campaigns we’ve ever seen. And it is likely to come out of 2020 still divided. And whether the next president, whether it’s Donald Trump for a second term or whoever is the Democratic nominee, whether they can move us past that is the biggest single question for the next presidency and based on everything we’ve seen, not just over the last few years, but after the last decade or more tells us how enormously difficult that’s going to be”
They stop short of worrying this will be the end of this republicJan 22, 2020 at 7:06 am #3628256
Robert MeurantBPL Member
What concerns this observer is that democracy just seems to be getting totally trashed by the Republicans. For democracy to flourish, moderation is necessary; self restraint; electing not to take advantage of a power imbalance in one’s favor (at least for the time being), but to submit to the need for a higher resolution, to achieve a fair and equitable balance, not exploitation.
Trump is whining again, at Davos, this time about India and China being able to take advantage of being developing nations, but the US can not – but should be able to. God forbid. I’ve seen my fair share of the terrible poverty in India; the chapati artist I befriended at Rishikesh, selling coarse chapati statues he had made for 1/4 paisa – 1/400th of a rupee – to pilgrims crossing the Ganges. Conditions in the US simply do not compare. Yet even in that poverty, the Indian people had dignity and some sense of inner freedom; they were not trapped by their external conditions. Their society tolerated, even in its own way supported and respected extreme poverty. But I found the poor in the US to be viciously trapped by their poverty; their society intolerant of their helplessness, while simultaneously imposing it upon them.
I imagine, but do not know for sure, that China must be transitioning from developing to developed nation. But still great poverty for many, I suspect.
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