(February 2) I think this is still on — Common Cause is hosting a showing of Gerrymandering at the Cable Car at 6:30 tonight. The writer/director Jeff Reichert who is a Brown Alum will be there for a Q & A. Tickets cost $9.
“Nothing will produce Bad History more directly nor brutally, than drawing a Line.”
–Thomas Pynchon – Mason & Dixon
Right now, across the country, our two major political parties are gearing up for a once-a-decade war whose winner will control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more. There will be battles in every state, and each will be kept carefully hidden from the prying eyes of average voters who only become more disenchanted with their government with each meaningless election.
Democrats and Republicans collude to keep these skirmishes private so that they can maintain total control over the ultimate political weapon: the ability to directly determine the outcome of elections. Why bother stuffing ballots when they can just draw districts? For the first time, Gerrymandering exposes the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud. After the 2010 Census is finished, will you know where your district went?