We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim – Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

[TED Talk – April 2013] – There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.

Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The US’ broken political system. Full bio »

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  • de castro  On 04/05/2013 at 6:43 am

    Lawrence Lessig is an intellectual that “thinks” international
    and acts local……his heart is in its rightful place…with people
    you and I. I do follow his writings and respect his opinions.

    Thanks once again Cyril for the enlightening read.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 04/05/2013 at 9:17 am

    In Life as in Politics its the game that we all play all the time. You must never be naive as to forget the basics”He who pays the piper calls the TUNE. and everyone else everywhere dances to that very tune. Have we men of Reason suddenly lost our heads at this thought? Corruption is at the soul and heart of Politics everywhere. It is like a sheep in wolf’s clothings!. I Ask of anyone to name a nation in this world that is free of the Corrupted and Corruption.

  • de castro  On 04/05/2013 at 10:32 am

    No one is immune from prosecution if exposed ….the law is there
    enforcing it the question….no parliamentarian should be above the
    Law ….however in UK what is discussed/debated in parliament is above the law….
    MP s make the laws …however if MP s break the law they are
    prosecuted …..they are not beyond prosecution.
    Guyana may have a culture problem here…some feel they
    are above the law…however it is for the law enforcers to
    decide on whether to prosecute or not.
    Not parliament …or politicians.

    Wilma Rousef Brazilian president has waged war on corruption and
    Tax evasion anti drugs squads et al…..she is certainly increasing her
    chances of being elected for second term.
    Public opinion does influence societies/voters get it right and you are
    elected/reelected. Democracy works better if public opinion is respected
    in law making. Kings and queens were the untouchables politicians
    are not ! Unless you are Syrian or North Korean..
    Corruption will never be removed from society but it can least be
    Contained/controlled by good lawmaking/enforcing.
    Forever the optimist

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/05/2013 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Cyril Bryan.

    I agree with Cyril Balkaran: we forgot the basics when we gave personhood to corporations, thereby allowing them to “call the tune.” We have to work at overturning that law of personhood.

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