Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

Lawrence Lessig


In an period while distinct pursuits funnel large quantities of cash into our government-driven through shifts in campaign-finance principles and taken to new degrees through the ultimate court docket in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our executive has reached an rock bottom. greater than ever ahead of, americans think that cash buys ends up in Congress, and that company pursuits wield keep watch over over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a willing wish for righting wrongs, Harvard legislations professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed examine how we arrived at this main issue: how essentially sturdy humans, with reliable intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted through outdoors pursuits, and the way this exploitation has develop into entrenched within the process. Rejecting uncomplicated labels and reductive logic-and as an alternative utilizing examples that resonate as powerfully at the correct as at the Left-Lessig seeks out the foundation factors of our scenario. He plumbs the problems of crusade financing and company lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that experience allowed corruption to take the sort of foothold in our method. He places the problems in phrases that nonwonks can comprehend, utilizing real-world analogies and genuine human tales. And eventually he demands frequent mobilization and a brand new Constitutional conference, offering attainable options for regaining keep an eye on of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational process. during this manner, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its meant greatness.

whereas the United States could be divided, Lessig vividly champions the concept that we will be successful if we settle for that corruption is our universal enemy and that we needs to have the option to struggle opposed to it. In REPUBLIC, misplaced, he not just makes this desire palpable and clear-he provides us the sensible and highbrow instruments to deal with it.

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