Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington offers bus rides to the Rally to Restore Sanity and proposes public financing of campaigns. (7:10)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT A COFOUNDER OF

HUFFINGTON POST.

HER BOOK IS CALLED "THIRD WORLD

AMERICA" PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE PROGRAM ARIANNA HUFFINGTON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>>> Jon: NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS.

>> WE'RE READY TO MARCH.

>> Jon: --

>> WE'RE MARCHING OCTOBER 30.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU GETTING

THERE?

>> A BUS.

IF THERE'S ANYBODY HERE WHO

NEEDS TO GET THERE.

>> Jon: THAT GUY.

WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM?

>> MASSACHUSETTS.

>> Jon: FOR REAL?

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET TO

WASHINGTON FROM MANHATTAN.

>> COMING TO 560 BROADWAY IN

SOHO THE BUS WILL BE THERE,

WE'LL TAKE YOU WITH US.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: IS THAT TRUE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WHEN ARE YOU LEAVE SOMETHING IN

SATURDAY --

>> WE HAVE MANY BUSES -- WE HAVE

AS MANY BUSES AS THERE ARE

PEOPLE TO FILL THEM.

THAT'S OUR PROMISE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: LET ME SAY THIS: SHE

WILL HAVE AS MANY BUSES AS IS

NECESSARY AND THEN ANYBODY ELSE,

I'LL TAKE CARE OF.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S VERY KIND OF YOU.

DO YOU KNOW -- YOU UNDERSTAND

THE WAY THAT THE WEB WORKS.

WE'RE TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE THAT

ARE COMING FROM DIFFERENT

LOCATIONS GET DOWN HERE BUT

WE'RE A LITTLE BIT CLUELESS IN

TERMS OF -- I'M FROM THE OLD

SCHOOL.

I'M -- I THOUGHT PEOPLE

CARPOOLED.

BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND, HOW

WOULD THEY MEET UP.

IS THERE A LINK ON YOUR WEB

SITE, ON CRAIGSLIST.

>> YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

YOU WORK ON THE MESSAGE.

I'LL WORK ON LOGISTICS.

>> Jon: WHY WOULD I GIVE A

MASSAGE?

YOU WILL BE ONE OF POINT PEOPLE

FOR LOGISTICS.

>> EXACTLY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THIRD WORLD

AMERICA.

I'M THEY'RE SETTLE BOOK!

>> Jon: YOU BROUGHT IT UP.

"THIRD WORLD AMERICA" THIS IS

WHAT I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING.

THE HEART OF THE BOOK IS YOU

CAN'T DO ANYTHING UNLESS WE

REFORM THE WAY THAT WE PAY FOR

ELECTIONS.

>> RIGHT, BUT, BUT IF YOU GO TO

PAGE 199 IN SECTION 5 IT WILL

GIVE YOU SEVEN STEPS -- SEVEN

STEPS -- HE DIDN'T GET AS FAR AS

199.

IT WILL GIVE YOU SEVEN STEPS OF

WHAT YOU CAN DO BETWEEN MARCHS.

MARCHS ARE GREAT.

WE'RE GOING TO MARCH.

WE NEED SOMETHING DEEPER, MORE

SUSTAINED, LONGER.

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK YOU'VE

READ THIS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> COME ON, JON.

>> Jon: PAGE 199 IS ABOUT THE

PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION,

NO?

>> THAT'S WHERE IT STARTS.

IT SAYS LOOK AT THE LEADER IN

THE MIRROR.

THE LEADER IN THE MIRROR.

DON'T JUST WAIT FOR POLITICIANS

TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND SOLVE

THE PROBLEMS.

IT'S UP TO US IN BETWEEN MARCHS

TO TAKE STEPS LIKE "THE DAILY

SHOW", THE DAILY STEPS.

THE DAILY STEPS, YOU KNOW?

>> Jon: WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY

SHOW SEEM LIKE ALCOHOLICS

ANONYMOUS.

THE DAILY STEPS AND GOD GRANT ME

THE SERENITY.

HERE IS THE POINT: WHAT CAN

PEOPLE DO IN MONEY IN POLITICS?

HOW DO WE REFORM THE ELECTORAL

SYSTEM IN TERMS OF WAY IT'S

FINANCES.

THEIR WHOLE LIVES ARE ABOUT

RAISING MONEY.

THEY ARE BEHOLDEN TO THE

INTERESTS.

HOW DO YOU GET AWAY FROM THAT?

>> I'M PROPOSING THE PUBLIC FNGS

OF CAMPAIGNS.

OTHERWISE THERE'S 26 LOBBIES FOR

EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL AND

OTHERS EVERY DAY.

WHILE WE'RE CAMPAIGNING FOR THAT

WE CAN TAKE STEPS TO REBUILD THE

COMMUNITIES RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL OVER

AMERICA.

AS I WENT AROUND RESEARCHING THE

BOOK.

I'M STUNNED BY THE THINGS THAT

PEOPLE DO.

>> Jon: IN A GOOD WAY OR --?

AVERAGE I GOOD WAY.

LIKE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE CREATING

A SITE LIKE WHO HAS TIME TO HELP

HELPING EACH OTHER.

>> Jon: IT'S AN AMAZING SITE.

PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED ARE

VOLUNTEERING FOR THINGS.

VERY EXCITING.

>> I HAVE EXAMPLES OF UNEMPLOYED

LAWYERS COMING TOGETHER HELPING

PEOPLE PREVENT FORECLOSURES.

WE CAN TAKE THIS LEGITIMATE

ANGER OF HOW WE'RE SCREWED UP BY

WALL STREET AND POLITICIANS AND

CHANNEL IT TO THE TEA PARTY AND

DEMONIZING EACH OTHER.

>> Jon: THAT'S NOT FIRE THEM.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WITHIN THAT

MOVEMENT -- BUT THEY ARE TRYING

TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS.

YOU MAY NOT AGREE.

>> WE CAN TAKE THAT ANGER AND

REBUILD THE COMMUNITY.

>> Jon: WE SHOULD INCLUDE TEA

PARTY WELCOME.

EVERYBODY WELCOME.

TEA, COFFEE ANY BEVERAGE, JUICE.

>> IF THE TEA PARTY PEOPLE WANT

TO COME ON THE BUS WITH US TO

WASHINGTON FOR THE RALLY.

>> Jon: THEY ARE TEA PARTY

PEOPLE WE'RE HUFF PO PEOPLE.

CAN'T WE ALL --

>> GET ALONG?

>> Jon: THAT CAN'T HAPPEN.

WE'RE NOT ENEMIES WE'RE WORKING

TOWARDS THE SAME GOAL, I WOULD

THINK, WE MAY COME AT IT FROM

DIFFERENT THINGS.

THE MORE WE GET ENTRENCHED IN

THE IDEOLOGY OF IT, THE LESS

WE'RE ABLE TO SOLVE THINGS, YES?

>> I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THAT.

REBUILDING THE COMMUNITIES AND

HELPING EACH OTHER IS BEYOND

IDEOLOGY AND LEFT AND RIGHT.

THE IMPORTANT THING FOR ALL THE

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU WE

HAVE TO KEEP IT UP BETWEEN

MARCHS AND ELECTIONS.

WE CAN'T JUST VOTE AND EXPECT

EVERYTHING TO CHANGE.

WHAT ARE WE DOING IN BETWEEN.

>> Jon: THE IDEA OF TWO

WORKING HOUSEHOLDS TRYING TO

RAISE CHILDREN, WHEN ARE THOSE

FOLKS GOING HAVE TIME THEN TO BE

ACTIVISTS OR TO WORK WITHIN THE

COMMUNITIES?

ISN'T JUST LEADING A STABLE

DECENT LIFE IN SOME WAYS A

POLITICAL STATEMENT?

>> IT IS NORMALLY BUT NOT NOW.

>> WE'RE AT THE TURNING POINT.

WE'RE IN DANGER OF BECOMING

THIRD WORLD AMERICA.

WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY.

THIS SORT OF AMERICAN DREAM THAT

I BOUGHT INTO AS AN IMMIGRANT IS

NOT REAL ANYMORE FOR MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS.

AWKWARD MOBILITY HAS BECOME

DOWNWARD MOBILITY.

WE'RE TENTH IN UPWARD MOBILITY

BEHIND FRANCE AND GERMANY.

>> Jon: ONCE WE HIT ROCK

BOTTOM THINK OF THE POSSIBILITY.

ISN'T THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING?

IT'S A SIMPLE CORRECTION?

YONCH WANT TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM.

I WANT US TO CORRECT RIGHT NOW

STARTING ON OCTOBER 30 WITH THE

MARCH TO WASHINGTON.

>> Jon: WHAT?

>> AND GOING ON WITH THE SEVEN

STEPS TO RENEW AMERICA.

>> Jon: THAT WAS (bleep)

AMAZING.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU SAID.

WHATEVER THAT WAS.

"THIRD WORLD AMERICA" IS ON THE

BOOKSHELVES NOW.

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