How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It
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In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.
With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.
While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Republic Lost Is A Must-Read For Every American
Republic Lost is by far the one of the best books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended if you are concerned about the state of the country.
Informative, Entertaining, Inspiring
Republic, Lost is the most engaging book that I have read in many years. It makes real all of the thoughts and feelings I have about the current state of our country/government. The author provides the historical context that has led us to this moment in history. It is not about villains vs. heroes, republicans vs. democrats, or liberal vs. conservatives, it’s about the system in which they (our politicians) are asked to address our (America’s) most serious problems. The author makes quite clear the sad state that our government is in, but more importantly he provides very real, unique, and clear ways we (citizens) can do something about it.
Although it is the most informative book I have read in a very long time, it is also incredibly entertaining. I had to ask myself, “How did he do that?” It left me saddened yet inspired. I am a huge fan of this book. Read it, you will not be disappointed.