Episode
June 25, 2012

Politics or gang warfare?

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura's latest book calls for a revamp of the US political system.
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In his latest book “Democrips and Rebloodlicans”, former Governor Jesse Ventura says US politics have become so corrupt that politicians now resemble gang members. He calls for a dismantling of the two-party system and instead advocates a system of independent candidates. He also criticises the close relationship politicians share with Wall Street and the media’s role in perpetuating the status quo of “gangland politics”.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and Huffington Post’s senior political reporter Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) and ask if Ventura's ideas are realistic or mere rhetoric. Members of the Stream community also join the discussion via Google+ hangout.

What do you think? In a presidential election year where more than one billion will be spent, is it possible to change the system? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.
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