POLITICS

Republic Lost

Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig has investigated the most vexing problem in American democracy: how money corrupts the nation’s politics, and the critical campaign to stop it. In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, trust in American government is at an all new low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress and that their Republic has been lost.

Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, his book, REPUBLIC, LOST, not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct the course from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency. A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig is as critical of the president and the Democratic Party as he is of Republicans. Both have allowed the core institution of our democracy to become little more than a shill for the most powerful moneyed interests in American Republic.

America may be divided, argues Lessig, but we must recognize that corruption is our common enemy, and we must find a way to fight against it.

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