The Death of Political Satire in America?Sheldon Richman, Vice-President of the Future of Freedom Foundation speaks with Allison Bricker about voting and the lack of hard-hitting political satire in contemporary America as part of his article detailing the melodrama over John Stewart’s failure to vote in the midterm elections.
Original air date: November 14 , 2014
Excerpt from Sheldon Richman’s “The Political Sterility of John Stewart” as featured on Reason.com…
Throughout history, satirists have risked their liberty and even their lives using humor to engage in deep commentary about the reigning political system and its exalted political figures—they’re called leaders, though surely better terms are rulers and misleaders. But no satirist risks his life or liberty in America today, which makes the scarcity of good satire so puzzling. Is it fear that keeps it safely limited? Or is it simply that so few people today can see the fundamental flaws in the American political system, which trashes liberty in so many ways? [Full Article on Reason.com]