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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It | [Lawrence Lessig]

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

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....
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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

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    Not My Name Portland, OR, US 10-05-12
    Not My Name Portland, OR, US 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "America needs to have this discussion"
    Where does Republic, Lost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Republic, Lost?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    If you could give Republic, Lost a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Corruption exposed!


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    D Denver, CO, United States 08-20-12
    D Denver, CO, United States 08-20-12
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    "Both Right and Left need this book"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This is a vital book for the PEOPLE to read and hear. It is OUR government that has been taken from us. I'm not 100% sure of Mr. Lessig's proposed fixes, but this issue should be the #1 topic on the mind of all voters. Mr. Lessig does a compelling job convincing the listener of this fact.


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    David Kew, Australia 07-23-12
    David Kew, Australia 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A solid wall of rationale argument. No Rhetoric"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Republic, Lost to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version but narration by the author reinforces the fact that despite rationale logical almost legalistic arguments he is driven by a love of his nation and grief over the loss of the fundamental characteristics of its republic.


    Would you recommend Republic, Lost to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes it is an astonishing insight into American politics and warning about how it could be in Australia.


    Which character – as performed by Lawrence Lessig – was your favorite?

    Himself!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The characterization of Obama as Lucy in the peanuts cartoon whipping away the football. It was evocative of a great tragedy and sadness rather than satire .


    Any additional comments?

    Along with movies like "Inside Job" this book makes it clear to the rest of the world unless America can bring government and governance back to the financial system it is going to break again and we will all suffer.

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    William G. Hipps 07-16-12

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    "Excellent Review of President Obama 1st Term"
    What did you love best about Republic, Lost?

    This is a truthful evaluation of the Obama presidency to date. It is written by a close friend, a liberal Democrat and very smart cookie (Harvard Professor). He very bravely sticks to the facts. He draws a startling distinction from the program promised by Mr. Obama in his campaign and what was delivered to the country.

    The facts are stunningly in their impact to the thoughful reader, Democrat, Republican or Independent.

    Hearing the truth is pretty shocking when it is broken down into specifics.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first two hours of the Lessig presentation are so compelling you can not turn it off.


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    Mark ashburn, VA, United States 05-09-12
    Mark ashburn, VA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great thinker. Interesting perspective."
    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Fantastic research reflected in this book. Interesting insights. Helps you understand much of the dysfunction that exists in Washington. You may not agree with the book, but the discussion is very enlightening and the writing is very good.


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    Stacey AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-12-12
    Stacey AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent, thought provoking, and compelling read"
    What did you love best about Republic, Lost?

    I love how Lessig articulated the problems with money in politics in a way that I could understand. I had felt discomfort with the lobbyist-politician-corporation cycle, but I couldn't intelligently articulate why. Lessigs gives clear explanations and concrete examples to back up his theories. I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said (I thought his example describing the problem with the educational system was a bit oversimplified), but he makes a compelling overall case.


    Have you listened to any of Lawrence Lessig’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen Lessig's TED talks and heard his interview for this book on the Daily show. The professor is both knowledgeable and able to communicate in easily understandable terms. His vocal performance in the book is OK, but he gets into


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.

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    Keith Allington 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This book should be required reading"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The author not only explains what has gone wrong in the US government but how we got here and offers sensible (if long view) solution(s). Well written and engaging. Regardless of your political views if you care about our country you need to read this book. In fact it should be required in high school civics classes.


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    Tim United States 10-12-12
    Tim United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Revamping "K" St."

    The old system is not working. Lawrence Lessig gives good explanation on how Congress Senate, and Lobbyists, works. Instead of focusing an election every 4 years, how about revamping our Constitution and let the citizens decide on what is best.

    This is a requirement read for reform for change, and not rely on a single candidate that we elect into the office. No matter who we vote for, the process is always the same with empty promises. Our country is base on democracy, but yet, there is no voice from the people.

    Instead of four "more" years or four "new" years, we should restructure the process of doing business on "K" Street.

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