Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It

Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It

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by Lawrence Lessig
     
 

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 this provocative and important book, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes on the deep flaws in our campaign finance system and lays out a plan for fixing it… See more details below

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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 this provocative and important book, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes on 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, or 0.05 percent, named Lester are the people really in charge. It�s the United States, of course, and Lesters are the people 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? We can fix the system. Here's how.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016659718
Publisher:
TED Conferences, LLC
Publication date:
04/03/2013
Series:
TED Books , #34
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
235,047
File size:
6 MB

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