Republic, Lost

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Twelve
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0446576441
  • 9780446576444
  • 348,892

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REPUBLIC, LOST is a powerful reminder that this problem goes deeper than poor legislative tactics or bad character. As progressives contemplate how best to pick up the pieces after recent setbacks, a robust agenda to change how business gets done in the capital needs to be part of the picture. This time, we'd better mean it. Matthew Yglesias, ""The American Prospect""" "No one is more skilled at making arcane legal and technological questions terrifyingly relevant to everyday life than Lessig."
"Sonia Katyal, "Texas Law Review""" "A bright and spark-filed polemic... combining legal sophistication with a storyteller's knack.""
" ""Wall Street Journal," on" Free Culture""" "As an initial matter, Lessigian thought is deeply critical in nature... Perhaps it is the luxury of academia, or his nature generally, but Lessig is not afraid to say (loudly) at times: This doesn't work! We need to change. He says it often, and people are listening."
"Russ Taylor, "Federal Communications Law Journal""" "More than anything, Lessig understands and often wrestles with a rather understated theory: common sense."
"Derek Bores, "PopMatters""" "Once dubbed a 'philosopher king of Internet law, ' he writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts and cultural curiosity, citing everything from turn-of-the-century Congressional testimony to Wikipedia to contemporary best-sellers like Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur art."
"M.J. Stephey, Time Magazine"" "A powerfully argued and important analysis... it is also surprisingly entertaining.""
" "The New York Times Book Review, on Free Culture"" "Lessig is one of those rare legal scholars with both a clear narrative voice and a fine eye for historical irony."
""The Washington Post""" Praise for Lawrence Lessig
"Lawrence Lessig gets things changed not for the benefit of corporations but to unleash the creative potential of ordinary people in a digital age.""
" ""The Guardian """ Praise for REPUBLIC, LOST
As an academic, Lessig has the research chops to find the anecdotes that best fit the narrative case he's making, and to lay them out in wonderful detail. But his real gift is in the art of stringing them together into a story. That means that this book is as persuasive as it is enjoyable to read. Alesh Houdek, ""The Atlantic"""
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About Lawrence Lessig

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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