In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.
Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course - from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.
A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, 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 our 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.
©2011 Lawrence Lessig (P)2011 Hachette Audio
These are good people forced to do what they can in a terrible system. That's the message I picked up from this book and it was strangely heartening. Far from demonizing any one political viewpoint or depicting all law-makers as greedy, self-absorbed, cheats and liars, Lessig instead describes a system where any person, regardless of intentions, will be forced to play the same terrible game that has been played up until now.
Perhaps the only real downside of this book is that the 'plan to stop it part' is, by his own admission, is improbable. On the other hand, it's a plan and it's the best I've heard so far.
Highly recommended for anyone trying to understand why our government acts the way it does.
Simple and precise unwinding of the complete breakdown of our election, congressional, lobbying and ethical systems and how broke they are. Sadly the constitutional convention is all that is left to correct our broken system.
This purchase was because Dan Carlin (if you don't know him you should Google it) was going to have Lawrence Lessing on his podcast and I wanted to get a good understanding of his thoughs before the interview. I would recommend this book to people who want to know how our system can be so corrupt even though decent people make up the majority of the system.
His description on how the presence of money in the wrong place is enough to bring doubt and corruption without there necessarily being corruption. Also, the Author showed how well intentioned people who are elected to position can follow through with campaign promises, but that what proportion of their time they spend to each campaign issue is skewed heavily to the amount of money in the system interested in that issue.
The Author read the title himself. In some cases this can be good as the author should know the tones he/she is trying to convee. I find that this works much better in fiction. The Author is objiously knowledgable, but his reading skills seemed to introduce pauses in very strange places (I did not see the text of this book so for all I know there are many strangley placed commas).
This book could make a good documentary, but not a good movie. As a documentary it would just keep the name of the book.
Maybe. I got the jist of it and would go back to some sections I noted, but not the whole book over again. It gets pretty dry in parts towards the end.
No characters - only problems and possible solutions.
Ordinary people doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons in DC
Yes. Does a great job identifying and explaining the current problems within our political system and the history of how we got here.
Spoken like a true professor.
No extreme reaction.
Lessig craftily and compellingly uncovers what is the true problem of our time as Americans, and offers up what may be done to save the nation. I've passed this book on to all my friends... you will want to as well. This is a book for all Americans - young and old, conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian, city dwellers, country folk, tea partier or occupier - if you are a person who is dissatisfied and looking for progress in America, this is the book for you. If you are not dissatisfied, then this book is really, really, extra super so much the book for you.
For those interested, Lessig does a great introduction to this book on YouTube as part of Google's lecture series.
How clear the author makes the case that our government is corrupt.
The author spends so much time convincing us that there's a problem that he might have spent his time better getting to the point of presenting his solutions.
It's packed with intelligent breakdown of the how, what, and why of our corruption problem in the US congress.
This is my first listen on Audible and only the 3rd audiobook I have listened to. The other two were novels. It is a pretty dry and tedious subject matter to make exciting to listen to but you could feel the passion the author had for the subject and that helped.
The first two thirds of the book paint the rather bleak situation that America finds itself in and I was glad when he finally got to the later chapters on solutions and how to get there.
He really took his time making a strong argument for the need to reform the system. But as a result those with a short attention span may find this book too long. I shorter version may be better for that audience.
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