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

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


By (author) Laurence Lessig

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  • Publisher: Twelve
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 30mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0446576433
  • ISBN 13: 9780446576437
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 376,437

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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.

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Now the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, Lessig was a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

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"No one is more skilled at making arcane legal and technological questions terrifyingly relevant to everyday life than Lessig." "Sonia Katyal, "Texas Law Review"""