Lawrence Lessig: "Republic, Lost"

Lawrence Lessig: "Republic, Lost"

A Harvard Law School professor and ethics expert explains why he believes money corrupts American politics and offers ideas for reform.

Recent polls show growing numbers of Americans have lost confidence in government. Occupy Wall Street protestors say they are against corporate greed and economic disparity, and their movement is rapidly spreading. In a letter to the protestors, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig urges them to unite Democrats, Republicans and Independants against what he sees as the root problem: a political system where only 1 percent of americans fund 99 percent of campaigns. He offers a plan to stop the corrupting influence of money on government, including the possibility of a constitutional convention.


Lawrence Lessig

professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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Excerpt from Lawrence Lessig's "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It." All rights reserved. Copyright 2011 by Lawrence Lessig. Reprinted here by permission of Twelve/Hachette Book Group:

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