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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It (Paperback)
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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 04/10/2012
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In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost. Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, REPUBLIC, LOST not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course - from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency. A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, is as critical of the president and the Democratic Party as he is of Republicans. Both have allowed the core institution of our democracy to become little more than a shill for the most powerful moneyed interests in our Republic. America may be divided, argues Lessig, but we must recognize that corruption is our common enemy, and we must find a way to fight against it.

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
ISBN: 9780446576444
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 208 x 140 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for REPUBLIC, LOST
As an academic, Lessig has the research chops to find the anecdotes that best fit the narrative case he's making, and to lay them out in wonderful detail. But his real gift is in the art of stringing them together into a story. That means that this book is as persuasive as it is enjoyable to read. Alesh Houdek, ""The Atlantic"""
Praise for Lawrence Lessig
"Lawrence Lessig gets things changed not for the benefit of corporations but to unleash the creative potential of ordinary people in a digital age.""
" ""The Guardian """
"Lessig is one of those rare legal scholars with both a clear narrative voice and a fine eye for historical irony."
""The Washington Post"""
"A powerfully argued and important analysis... it is also surprisingly entertaining.""
" "The New York Times Book Review, on Free Culture""
"Once dubbed a 'philosopher king of Internet law, ' he writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts and cultural curiosity, citing everything from turn-of-the-century Congressional testimony to Wikipedia to contemporary best-sellers like Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur art."
"M.J. Stephey, Time Magazine""
"More than anything, Lessig understands and often wrestles with a rather understated theory: common sense."
"Derek Bores, "PopMatters"""
"As an initial matter, Lessigian thought is deeply critical in nature... Perhaps it is the luxury of academia, or his nature generally, but Lessig is not afraid to say (loudly) at times: This doesn't work! We need to change. He says it often, and people are listening."
"Russ Taylor, "Federal Communications Law Journal"""
"A bright and spark-filed polemic... combining legal sophistication with a storyteller's knack.""
" ""Wall Street Journal," on" Free Culture"""
"No one is more skilled at making arcane legal and technological questions terrifyingly relevant to everyday life than Lessig."
"Sonia Katyal, "Texas Law Review"""

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