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Republic, Lost Audiobook
Republic, Lost
Written by: 
Lawrence Lessig
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Lawrence Lessig
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Republic, Lost Audiobook

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

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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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    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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    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.

    12 of 16 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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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-07-16
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "WAKE UP AMERICA"

    Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at Harvard Law School. In “Republic, Lost” Lessig crystallizes the reasons for American apathy about voting in general elections; i.e. the state of America’s current “moneyocracy” makes a vote hardly worth exercising. Wake up America.

    Though one appreciates Lessig’s critical evaluation of the American election system, his ivory tower solutions only reinforce voter apathy. Like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Lessig’s book is mired in a fantasy. Neither the inchoate “Occupy” movement nor Lessig’s intellectual exercise can change the inborn cause of American inequality; i.e., pursuit of money, power, and prestige, the unchanging nature of humankind.

    Rights inherent in the freedom of American capitalism reward greed and denigrate or ignore altruism. The burgeoning gap between rich and poor aggravates and insures an American aristocracy of wealth. As long as corporations continue to endorse executive pay at 50 to 500 times the income of average employees, money will continue to distort democratic policy. Lessig presents the idea of paying legislators higher salaries to blunt corruption. To suggest, which Lessig does, paying a million dollars a year to a congressman to mitigate undue influence by corporations will only raise the stakes for moneyed interest’s distortion of public policy; not to mention, increase the chasm between haves and have-nots.

    Capitalism is not a perfect system and people like Lessig are important because they reveal those imperfections. Americans are frustrated with politicians and the current political environment. People like Lessig and Obama give reason for hope that change for the better will come; never fast enough but always incrementally forward.

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    schickmd 01-17-16
    schickmd 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Corruption simplified"

    Lessig breaks down how money corrupts politicians and leads to legislation that does not benefit the public. His non-partisan approach gives an eye-opening look into corruption spanning across all political parties.

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    Andre Wallace Simonsen 12-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Must-Read, even if the narration isn't great all the time"

    The subject is really important and this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how laws are approved and why there is no real legitimacy to them.

    That said, the narration isn't the best feature of the author and his solutions do not touch on the subject of hidden influences on Congress and how to stop "hidden lobby" (I'm sorry, english is not my first language so I don't know if this is the correct way to say it).

    So if campaign funding does stop being made by companies (as recently happened in Brazil), what's stopping them of buying policy makers and congressmen with hidden and untraceable bribes if we don't have some kind of full disclosure of the assets of anyone in the aforementioned positions?

    If we don't have that or something really close to it there's really no way to believe in the legitimacy of any law or in democracy in general as there will always be the threat of interest groups with money capturing them.

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    Graeme Shutesbury, MA USA 10-04-15
    Graeme Shutesbury, MA USA 10-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant exploration of dysfunctional government"
    Where does Republic, Lost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the most lucid and common sense explanation of complex political problems that I have ever read


    What did you like best about this story?

    It offered carefully reasoned solutions to our "broken government" problem that will be both challenging and essential if we are to solve any of the critical problems we currently face.


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

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    What was once known as "the greatest deliberative body in the world" can now only boast it is the greatest fundraising body in the world.

    Many of our federal legislators are known to spend more than half of their time fundraising; they have to in order to keep their jobs. They range from 25% to 80%. "Dialing for dollars." "The lean to the green."

    Thus, the biggest problem they are always working on and solving is fundraising. This distracts them and prevents them doing a good job on the one we elected them to do. Hence our most serious problems fester, year after year.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel more optimistic better understanding the problems, and discovering that there is now something constructive that concerned and self-interested citizens can all do to repair the dysfunctional campaign system. We cannot afford a government so burdened and impaired by their campaign war chests.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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