I'm speaking at Politicon, the “Non-Partisan Politics and Entertainment Fan-Fest,” June 25-26 in Pasadena. It's gonna be fun AND totally weird in the best way.
Sessions include an “Ann Coulter vs. Van Jones” smackdown, and Jon Ronson asking the timeless question, “Is Donald Trump a Psychopath.”
Some of the other politicians, pundits, and possible psychopaths on the schedule: Bill Nye, Sarah Palin, Larry Wilmore, Vicente Fox, James Carville, Glenn Beck. The original Daily Show cast will be in the house, too.
Holy hell, what a lineup. Join me there, and use the Boing Boing discount code BOINGBOING to get 25% off tickets.
From the organizers:
The national political convention that truly matters isn’t in Philadelphia or Cleveland; it’s coming to the Pasadena Convention Center June 25th and 26th and it’s called Politicon.
What's Politicon? Think Comic-Con or Coachella of politics. It’s two days of amazing panels, debates, discussions, and comedy. Face it, you’re not going to see James Carville interview Sarah Palin at the Democratic convention, but you’ll see it at Politicon. You’re not going see Ann Coulter vs Van Jones at the GOP convention…but they'll be going at it live in Pasadena.
Last October over 9000 political junkies attended the first Politicon in LA and this year there are bigger names, and given the election year, much more at stake. Among the names featured this year are Carville and Coulter, Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Barbara Boxer, SNL’s Jay Pharoah and Darrell Hammond, Mike Murphy, Paul Begala, Glenn Beck, Mexico Pres. Vicente Fox, Bill Nye, Gov. Gary Johnson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Luntz, Larry Wilmore, Wendy Davis, Grace Parra, S.E. Cupp and Jon Favreau and so many more.
Here are the sessions I'll be part of:
THE WEED PANEL: Legalization is sweeping the state governments around the country. Is the Federal government next? A talk about what’s next for the plant, its advocates, and the path that led the movement to where it is today. Hosted by Matt Ferner, National Reporter for The Huffington Post covering drug policy and criminal justice. Participants: MATT FERNER, NICOLE BOXER, JORDAN CARLOS, XENI JARDIN, HAL SPARKS, JOHN RATZENBERGER. Presented by the Huffington Post.
TECH AND PRIVACY: A discussion of what companies such as Apple should do to protect customers from privacy intrusions, how far the government should be allowed to go in the name of public safety, and what responsibility both leave to individuals. Presented by VICE. Participants: JASON LEOPOLD, REP. TED LIEU, DR. VINCE HOUGHTON, XENI JARDIN, JOHN MCAFEE (Yes, THAT John McAfee).
TECH & POLITICS: A roundtable discussion hosted by Xeni Jardin with Libertarian Presidential Candidate and noted Giver of No Fucks John McAfee, along with Jim Gilliam, founder and CEO of NationBuilder; Adrienne S. Lever, Director of Partnerships for ChangePolitics, a new elections project of Change.org.
“A FACE IN THE CROWD”: A SALON FILM SCREENING SERIES. Released in 1957, “A Face in the Crowd” is one of the great Elia Kazan classics, and stars Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Walter Matthau. An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? Introduced by Executive Editor at Salon Media, Alex Bhattacharji with Q&A hosted by Xeni Jardin.