Reclaiming The Republic

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.


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  1. terryhallinan

    Good man, Lawrence Lessig.

    I would love to see all political campaigns funded by the government as in England.

    I would think Mr. Lessig would approve.

    But then is England better off than we?  Doesn’t appear to be from here.

    Then what is the problem.

    The problem is Dumb, Unaware, Unconcerned, Gullible.

    What to do?

    Beats the hell out of me but getting the money out is a fine first step.

    Then what?


    Best,  Terry  

  2. wanderindiana

    … But if it focuses on Lessig’s call for another Constitutional Convention, his thoughts, while admirable, fall short.

    I blame social media.

    The best way I can describe the problem, as I see it, is a world of people in a melting pot set to a simmer, given just enough to feel safe, but cooking nonetheless, unable to climb out of the pot, some suffering, but helpless at the hands go the cooks.

    Social media is a pacifier, not a tool. It is a data engine, gathering information to be used against us. Revolution will never occur as our venting and planning keeps things simmering, never to boil. Social media allows us to feel free will, when it is an addiction, a distraction, a weapon to be used against us. Seemingly innocuous, the whole thing is crunched by corporations and the NSA, both operating against our best interests.

    Only when we no longer have enough, when the heat becomes too much, or cools off, would the contents of the melting pot collectively reach a conclusion that things are not as they should be.

    Lessig’s hopes for change from within the current system are noble but naive. I won’t discount a miracle but do not see change coming from within a system that works against us 24/7. It will take revolution in the way we live and work to change the system, to at least to even come close to leveling the playing field. And even then, human nature, individual desires to reign over others, to use, to dominate, to control, cast a dark cloud over the world’s fate, not just that of our nation.

    The best we can do is adapt, to take what we are given and make the most of it, or even survive to rebuild.

    Again, I don’t discount miracles, and have hope for myself and my family, that one day goodness and love will take root and grow. I believe that setting a personal example is the best I can do, and pray for the sun to shine, for the rain to fall, and be glad for each new day.

  3. terryhallinan

    Interesting thoughts and not without merit.

    I was more inclined to think the opposite of the internet but in general the social media is way beyond my ken.  

    The internet has certainly played a huge part in the Arab Spring and not always a wholesome part.  Dictators are not happy with it for good reason.  

    It is particularly useful to those who have mastered it, most notably the Obamamites, but it is also good to the white supremacists who presumably have different ideas about building a mass movement.

    I don’t know what sort of infant we have but it is certainly growing fast and large.

    Best,  Terry

  4. wanderindiana

    Gillmor doesn’t think anyone is fully aware of how vulnerable they are, technologically speaking. Build a back door into every new technology so the FBI can keep an eye on things, he says, “and I promise you it’s going to be used by criminals. The more you unharden the fences, the more room there is for really bad actors.”

    He is speaking about journalists and social media, but it applies to all, and more eyes are watching and more information about us is being mined than the article mentions.

    I am having trouble with the link, will add it in a reply.

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