By Lawrence Lessig
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From TED: The American political system has been foundationally weakened by a corrupt campaign funding system, creating a dangerously unstable and inequitable design that could destroy our republic — if we let it. In Le$terland: The Corruption of Congress and How To End It, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig assesses the deep flaws in our campaign finance system and lays out a plan for fixing it. Lessig describes a place called “Lesterland,” a fictional land with a population of 311 million people of whom the 144,000, named Lester are the people really in charge. It’s the United States, of course, and Lesters are the 0.05 percent of Americans who fund the election. Lessig notes that just 132 Americans gave 60 percent of the SuperPAC money spent in the election cycle. It’s these few, he says, who are our Lesters, and our dependence on them is perverting the democracy of the country. After all, if candidates have to spend 30 to 70 percent of their time trying to raise funds to get back to Congress, which they do, might that not affect their principles, their beliefs, their ideals, and what they’re prepared to fight for on behalf of the people? It’s time to change the system. Here’s how.
||Ep. 1: Preface and Chapter One||Preface; Lesterland||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 2: Chapter Two||Worse||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 3: Chapter Three||Corrupt||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 4: Chapter Four||Known and Ignored||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 5: Chapter Five||Fixes||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 6: Chapter Six||Farm Leagues||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 7: Chapter Seven||How||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 8: Chapter Eight||2do@now||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. 9: Chapter Nine and Acknowledgements||Possible||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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