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Election 2004 Video Archive

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I just mentioned yesterday Lessig and company’s p2p Politics.org site which is gathering election-related video, primarily ads of one kind or another.

Well the Internet Archive: Election 2004 site, with 462 movie files (as of the moment), is on another scale entirely. With debate footage, candidate ads, interest group ads, and anything else you can think of, the collection is sortable alphabetically, by topic, by recent additions, by “batting average” (percentage who download after reading the description), by popularity (number of downloads), as well as a list of “Staff Picks.”

Most popular currently is a class on the Constitution taught by Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik.

This is an exceptional resource.

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  • There goes the rest of my life :-/


  • I hope people are treating that Badnarik video as comedy. Would hate to hear about a bunch of bloggers getting arrested for driving without licenses, refusing to pay taxes and gun law violations.

  • Mac- Badnarik did those things as a protest, as civil disobedience. He does these things because he believes that the Constitution is the law of the land, and that they things he protests are not Constitutional.

    I know that you have a deep respect for some manner of civil disobedience. Just because you disagree with the politics of it, is it any reason to hurl unyielding ridicule and contempt upon Mr. Badnarik?

    Even if you really must, I’ll still thank you for contributing to the Libertarian Name Recognition Program.

  • Eric Olsen

    I think it odd and fascinating that Badnarik on the Constitution would be their most downloaded video – what does this say?

  • andy marsh

    that people are truly Libertarians at heart???

  • Eric Olsen

    maybe they just want to bone up on the Constitution

  • Nah, it’s like when you find a black lump in your cereal, and pick it up as you say “WTF is this now?”

  • Eric Olsen

    are you eating “Coal-eos”?

  • Maybe I should have worded that as: “if you were to find a …,” huh?

    Anyhow, the point is that Badnarik is a curiosity and nothing like it will be seen again for at least another four years.

  • andy marsh

    That was good Hal!!! Outstanding!!! I’m still laughing…

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    For his article, rather than talking to campaign spinners for each side and reporting what they said, he dove into the archival record of each man’s debates, and made an astonishing discovery: 10 years ago, George W. Bush was an articulate, forceful debater.

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    You have to see it to believe it, but …