• Dalila

    Is there an alternative to Hulu.com? It only streams video for connections with an American IP address, so the rest of us elsewhere cannot watch this.

  • http://www.novelgazer.com Sean

    I second the gripe about Hulu. I’d boycott them, if they weren’t already doing the hard work on that for me.

  • http://iminurfortkillingurdudes.blogspot.com michaelk42

    Also: clicking on that video, at any time, in Google reader preview for some reason launches a new link to your site. It’s exceptionally annoying.

  • Thad
  • Elias K Gardner

    I agree I’d love to watch this but hulu does not stream to Canada. At least post the name of the episode or something so I can search for it.

    @ thad colbert nation tells me your link is not the one im looking for (is that supposed to make me think droids?)

  • Thad

    Maybe their site is US only also.

  • http://www.novelgazer.com Sean

    @thad, @elias Worked for me in Bratislava, Slovakia. Thanks, by the way.

  • Elias K Gardner

    OK so for Canada: http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/shows/showdetails.aspx?sid=3351
    The Colbert Report (04/14/09) Clip 1 of 4 the word start around 6:30 minutes in.

  • http://www.ericmartindale.com Eric Martindale

    You surrounded the Hulu video with an anchor tag, so every time anything on it is clicked, it annoyingly launches a new window…

  • http://www.sexcrimedefenseattorney.com Joe

    You just can’t trust politicians these days. Even if they start out wanting to make their communities better, they always seem to go astray somewhere.

  • Jardinero1

    I would stop commenting on the topic if the Professor would call it “state funding” which is what it is , instead of “citizen funding” which it most certainly is not.

  • bigyaz

    Waaaah! I can’t see this *FREE* service! Waaaah! This *FREE* service opens a new window! Waaaah! I’m going to boycott this *FREE* service! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah!

  • http://www.downes.ca Stephen Downes

    Please do not use Hulu. This service simply shows a big black error box to readers who are outside the United States.

  • http://www.socialsecuritybullshit.com Steve Baba

    “call it “state funding” which is what it is , instead of “citizen funding” which it most certainly is not.”

    I think the most accurate description is “public funding, but

    Lessig has obviously been picking up on the Republican tactic of renaming things to confuse voters like estate tax to death tax and so on.

    And it’s too bad Ralph Nader went nuts and was not around to complain about these business practices instead of forming some utopian third party that only got Bush elected by splitting the vote – similar to what Lessig is doing now. I think it’s a disease of Ivy League law grads.

  • Rick

    @Jardinero et Baba:

    If you guys have anything to offer other than “NOT”, I’m all ears.

  • Jardinero1

    To make the case that something has to be changed, you have to state and prove two cases. One, that there is a problem, and two, that your solution will fix the problem.

    The Change Congress people, thus far, have not made the case that anything is wrong with Congress, in toto, that is a consequence of election funding. Second, how would their proposed solution, state funding of candidates, change anything about Congress? Thirty-five years of state funding of federal elections has changed nothing. Why would more of the same present a different outcome. To be fair, one should also present the possible bad effects of a change in policy; so that one can weigh the two against one another. Something which I have yet to hear.

    If one can make the case that Congress is corrupt, you have to ask, is it Congress or is it the nature of politics? The founders believed that was the nature of politics. Their solution was to limit the powers of Congress and the other branches of government. They also left it to the various states to determine how to select their senators and representatives. I like that idea and that’s what I am for.

    I think that if you don’t like the Senators and Representatives your state is sending to D.C. then you should lobby to repeal the 17th amendment and lobby your legislature to change the rules for electing representatives in your state. Don’t change the rules to elect the representative in my state.

    There are other voting schemes. I prefer cumulative voting. I had hoped that when Prof. Lessig started this campaign he might latch on to something like cumulative voting. I don’t know how such a smart man could be mesmerized by such a crappy idea as state funding of elections.

    For more on cumulative voting and its effects try Lani Guinier’s Tyranny of th Majority. Here’s a review:

    http://bostonreview.net/BR19.3/tushnet.html

    And an explanation of cumulative voting:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumulative_voting

  • http://www.socialsecuritybullshit.com Steve Baba

    “state funding of federal elections “

    I did not know the fifty states funded federal elections. OK I know what you mean but others don’t, and this is why it’s generally called “public funding of federal (presidential) elections. And you can’t prove the counterfactual that it would have been worse without public funding (except for Obama), although it ‘s true it has been far from perfect.

    It sounds as bad as Lessig saying, “Obama did not go to a citizen funded high school, and Obama does not send his children to citizen funded high schools.” Likewise Obama did not go to a citizen funded college. The term state school is for fifty state funded colleges.

    Also , no system of voting is perfect as proven by Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, which he got the Nobel prize for.

    But you miss that funding of elections is to provide voters with information that is needed regardless of whatever voting system is used. The vast majority of voting models assume this problem away, assuming the voters have full information.

    It’s an empirical question if one gets better results with taxpayers paying for information on candidates (with free speech problems if one restricts private donations) or if one gets better results letting donors pay for the information.

    Take a good political science rational choice course or economics public choice course if you are in a “citizen funded” or other school.

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  • http://www.socialsecuritybullshit.com Steve Baba

    Paying the press, the AP, instead of stealing from the press and suing the press on behave of pirates, would fund investigaitve reporting and reduce corruption.

  • http://www.dugme.org ByCeLL

    If one can make the case that Congress is corrupt, you have to ask, is it Congress or is it the nature of politics? The founders believed that was the nature of politics. Their solution was to limit the powers of Congress and the other branches of government. They also left it to the various states to determine how to select their senators and representatives. I like that idea and that’s what I am for.

    Ana Sayfa

  • http://webkosesi.com Martin Hool

    I would stop commenting on the topic if the Professor would call it “state funding” which is what it is , instead of “citizen funding” which it most certainly is not.:)