Republic, Lost How Money Corrupts Congress - And a Plan to Stop It

ISBN-10: 0446576441
ISBN-13: 9780446576444
Edition: 2012
Authors: Lawrence Lessig
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 inCitizens 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.

Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at the Stanford Law School. Previously Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1997 to 2000 and professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 to 1997, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He is a monthly columnist forThe Industry Standard,a board member of the Red Hat Center for Open Source, and the author ofCode and Other Laws of Cyberspace. From the Hardcover edition.

Preface
Introduction
The Nature of This Disease
Good Souls, Corrupted
Good Questions, Raised
1 + 1 =
Tells
Why Don't We Have Free Markets?
Why Don't We Have Efficient Markets?
Why Don't We Have Successful Schools?
Why Isn't Our Financial System Safe?
Where Were the Regulators?
What the "Tells" Tell Us
Beyond Suspicion: Congress's Corruption
Why So Damn Much Money
Demand for Campaign Cash
Supply of Campaign Cash: Substance
Supply of Campaign Cash: New Norms
Supply of Campaign Cash: New Suppliers
Economies, Gift and Otherwise
What So Damn Much Money Does
A Baseline of Independence
Deviations from a Baseline
It Matters Not at All
Distraction
Distortion
Trust
How So Damn Much Money Defeats the Left
How So Damn Much Money Defeats the Right
Making Government Small
Simple Taxes
Keeping Markets Efficient
How So Little Money Makes Things Worse
The Ways We Pay Congress
The Benefits of Working for Members
Two Conceptions of "Corruptions"
Solutions
Reforms That Won't Reform
The Incompleteness of Transparency
The (Practical) Ineffectiveness of Anonymity
Reforms That Would Reform
The Grant and Franklin Project
Strategy 1: The Conventional Game
Strategy 2: An Unconventional (Primary) Game
Strategy 3: An Unconventional Presidential Game
Strategy 4: The Convention Game
Choosing Strategies
Conclusion: Rich People
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Appendix: What You Can Do, Now
Notes
Index

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