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
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.
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.
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.
Yes it is an astonishing insight into American politics and warning about how it could be in Australia.
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 .
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.
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.
The first two hours of the Lessig presentation are so compelling you can not turn it off.
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.
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.
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
I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.
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