Lawrence Lessig

explains

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

Date

Oct
19
Wednesday
October 19, 2011
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard Book Store is glad to welcome Harvard law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG for a discussion of his new book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—And a Plan to Stop It.

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 specific strategies to correct our course—from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.

A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig 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.

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, host of the podcast Another Way, and co-founder of Creative Commons. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and the author of twelve books, including Republic, Lost. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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