We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

Video with Lawrence Lessig, 18.20 min, uploaded by TEDtalksDirector, April 3, 2013: There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond …; 

Lesterland: the corruption of congress and how to end it, by Lawrence Lessig, Ed. TED: Before we can tackle climate change, financial reform, education reform or, well, anything, there is a single issue that we in the United States must confront. As legal activist Lawrence Lessig says in today’s talk, before we can bring about change on any of the thousands of issues that matter to us, we must change a central corruption at the root of the American political system — that politicians must raise vast amounts of money in order to have a chance in the general election. This makes them prone to the influence of a very small percentage of the population …;

Book: How we can make elections about the people, not just funders: An excerpt of Lawrence Lessig’s new TED Book, “Lesterland”, on TEDtalks, by Jim Daly, April 3, 2013;
and the book Lesterland on amazon.

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