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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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    Richard Nielsen Merritt Island, FL United States 01-18-12
    Richard Nielsen Merritt Island, FL United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods."

    I am going to write this review. Like the reader. Read. It. Throughout. He would start each sentence with a normal flow. And then. At the end. He. Would. Add. Pauses. This has the effect of making the sentences sound. Like. They had. Periods. Where there were. No. Periods. It would not have been so annoying. If. He only. Did. It. For. Emphasis. But instead, he did it on just about. Every. Single. Sentence.

    I almost could. Not. Make it. Through. The. Book.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    kevmoo United States 12-18-11
    kevmoo United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2015

    I live in Seattle. I write code. I listen when I'm out with the dog.

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    "A profoundly important book. A must read."

    For anyone that is a lover of the American Republic, this is a must read book.

    My only gripe: at times there are some weirdness in the sound production, but Lessig's reading is clear and persuasive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. A. Loman St. Louis, MO 01-03-12
    L. A. Loman St. Louis, MO 01-03-12

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    "Required Listening"

    This book should be required reading (listening) for all Americans of all political persuasions. It is at the top of my list of nonfiction books read or listened to in 2011. Lessig's reading is passionate. His arguments and examples are convincing. You do not have to agree with every argument to be convinced of the basic conclusion of the book--that our government has been corrupted and stolen from the people by large corporate financial interests. Listen to the book and then join and become active in Rootstrikers or one of the several other organizations he lists.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 04-06-13
    Scott 04-06-13
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    "A Must read for anyone who wants to know what is w"
    What made the experience of listening to Republic, Lost the most enjoyable?

    Lessig explores the problems associated with campaing finances as they relate to the disfunction in our government. It is a wonderful non-partisan exploration of how the people lost control of our representative govenrment to the monied few. Listen, learn, and act.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 02-09-12
    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 02-09-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Very important read, but drags a bit"

    I think Lessig is a brilliant speaker, but a so-so narrator. Without visuals to go with his spoken word, this listen tends to drag a bit here and there as he labors to make his points, though in the end the points are profoundly important to every American regardless of party affiliation. Ignore at your own peril, people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Saint Louis, MO, United States 01-03-12
    Tony Saint Louis, MO, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2001

    I do social and policy research--mainly large experimental studies. Many other interests in science, art and literature.

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    This book should be required reading (listening) for all Americans of all political persuasions. It is at the top of my list of nonfiction books read or listened to in 2011. Lessig's reading is passionate. His arguments and examples are convincing. You do not have to agree with every argument to be convinced of the basic conclusion of the book--that our government has been corrupted and stolen from the people by large corporate financial interests. Listen to the book and then join and become active in Rootstrikers or one of the several other organizations he lists.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart O. Chung 06-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well read and easy to understand the concepts."

    Great book that goes into well founded evidence on the decay of our Republic via money in politics.

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    george 03-16-15
    george 03-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good analysis of our major problem."

    Although this book is written by a conservative (his words) turned Obama liberal, I, as a Tea Party conservative/Libertarian found that I agree with almost all of it. I'll forgive that he played the Charlie Brown role and believed the campaign speeches that O gave, speeches that convinced him that this time Lucy wouldn't pull the ball away. (The Charlie/Lucy analogy is from the book).

    It's odd that he spends one chapter trying to convince the reader that studies have found almost no link between lobby money and congressional votes - then he spends most of the remaining book giving myriad examples of how it does. I recommend this book to all my Tea Party friends.

    He enumerates 4 plans to fix the problem - all of which he gives 2-15% chance of success. But these plans are thought provoking and engendered a couple of ideas in my mind. Maybe if we put our heads together, and tap the expertise of think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, we can make a difference. The think tanks know how to balance the budget. They just need groups like the Tea Party organizations to put the heat on congress.

    We don't need to rewrite the constitution. We need to provide logical solutions and bring enough pressure to bear on our elected "servants" to get them to consider what's right for our grand kids' future, instead of what K street wants, for a change. We, the people, need to regain our voice in how this country is run. We'll never have the money that the K street lobbyists have, so we must resort to other tactics - All ideas are welcome.

    The only part of the book that I found distracting: he was so PC that he always used the pronoun "she" when referring to hypothetical congressmen and senators, most of whom are male - even she for a hypothetical prez, all of whom have been male. Is that reverse sexism?

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    Honest Sam 03-16-15
    Honest Sam 03-16-15

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    "How sad but really true !"

    A well written book on the reason why our government is so dysfunctional. If your usual answer is to always blame the opposing political party and never your own, you will dislike this book.

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    L. Cody North Carolina 02-20-15
    L. Cody North Carolina 02-20-15
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    Until the money is out of politics we have lost the Republic. And until we the people wake up it will stay that way.

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