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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series and movies, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my media theory and political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually less often.  But in the Summer of 2020, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and on 17 October 2023, I began publishing a new episode of the podcast every Tuesday at 12:01 pm -- a minute after Noon (New York time).  - Paul Levinson 

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Last Night at the Village Pourhouse in NYC

Aug 30, 2007

I spoke to a group of Ron Paul supporters at the Village Pourhouse in New York City last night.   The NYC Ron Paul Meet-Up group had invited me to talk about the mainstream media's misreporting of Ron Paul's burgeoning campaign for the Presidency.

I was impressed.   It's always good meeting people with whom you have conversed online - in this case, Ryan and Avery and Kevin.  But there was something else in this group.

Here was a group of people, assembled in the back room of a noisy bar on a hot summer evening.  Men and women, different ages, different accents.  Brought together by a desire to truly improve this country by working to elect a candidate with an old-fashioned idea: follow the Constitution of the United States.  Don't go to war without a Declaration.  Don't muzzle the media in contradiction of the First Amendment.   Clear, straightforward points, really, that almost every other politician and public official seem to have forgotten.

I was impressed.   The questions I received were perceptive.  There was something in the air, and it was more than the fine spirits wafting in from the other room.

It was a different spirit.  Democracy.  I've seen it a few times in my life, first hand like this.  Eugene McCarthy challenging Lyndon Johnson to stop the Vietnam War in 1968.   Working in his campaign on the streets of New York.   Working for John Lindsay, running for a second term as Mayor in New York, a year later.

It's rare to see democracy so directly.  It was there in the Village Pourhouse last night.   Not like on the television screen.   Right there in the room.

It was good to see.

Stay tuned.