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Power And Anarchy

The Big Idea for Monday, March 05, 2012

What is the point of democratic elections in countries where corruption, ballot stuffing, bribery and lack of opponents has already rigged the vote in favor of one candidate? We've seen it in Burma, Iran, Liberia, and now it's happening in Russia. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, political scientist and professor at NYC has the answer. And what happens to the people whose votes weren't counted and voices weren't heard? Some take to the streets in protest, while others choose a more musical form of expression.


  1. 1 Putin Provokes a Different Kind of Riot
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 The Art of Sham Elections
    Mark Cheney Think Tank
  3. 3 The End of Election Day Will Mark the Beginning of Putin's Fight
    An Phung Think Tank
  4. 4 What is Punk?
    Henry Rollins

Power And Anarchy

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