Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lawrence Lessig: Our Corrupt Congress

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 19 -- May 12, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #219, May 15, 2012

Lawrence Lessig:
Our Corrupt Congress

In brief

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig brilliantly discusses the many ways that our Congress is corrupt. Some of his examples surprised even me.

His October 2011 lecture in Seattle--based on his book Republic, Lost--combined an excellent discussion of the problem with (IMHO) a long-shot, pie-in-the-sky solution (a Constitutional Convention to establish campaign finance reform). Our condensed version of the talk focuses on the problem.

Notes, credits, & links

Our selections from Lessig's talk are taken from the hour-long recording broadcast by Mind Over Matters. Many thanks to that program and to producer Mike McCormick. The full recording is here.

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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

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