Friday, April 26, 2013

"Lesterland" - A Vital Message from Lawrence Lessig

 Lawrence Lessig

I think this is a very important talk, and the solution he offers to "a pathological corporate aristocracy" is simple, and can perhaps change the course of the future.

"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. 

In 2011, Lessig founded Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in Congress. In his latest book, Republic, Lost, he shows just how far the U.S. has spun off course -- and how citizens can regain control. As The New York Times wrote about him, “Mr. Lessig’s vision is at once profoundly pessimistic -- the integrity of the nation is collapsing under the best of intentions --and deeply optimistic. Simple legislative surgery, he says, can put the nation back on the path to greatness.”


Danette said...

Thank you for sharing this; I've posted "Lesterland" on my Facebook page. I "stumbled" upon your blog while researching spiderwoman. As a woman who has chosen "intentional solitude" I thoroughly enjoyed reading your work. Wonderful stuff here. Blessings.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I'd never heard of this man or his organization till now. I've got this video on my must see list. Thanks for posting!