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In this first edition of his impassioned analysis, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says that America has lost its political way. He says special interests – which donate money to campaigns and then expect favorable treatment – stymie Congress, which can’t pass substantive legislation. Then Lessig offers an intriguing prescription for fixing the money woes that beset Washington: Devote the first $50 of every American’s tax payments to campaign financing. Lessig argues that this would generate billions and blunt the impact of special interests. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Lessig’s ideas to anyone interested in knowing how the US government functions and concerned about counteracting the influence of money in politics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How money hijacked American politics,
  • How government subsidies skew free markets and
  • How “democracy vouchers” can sap special interests’ power.

About the Author

Professor at Harvard Law School and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Lawrence Lessig taught at Stanford and the University of Chicago. His books include Remix, Free Culture and The Future of Ideas.



No Longer a Great Nation
American politics have become deeply corrupt, and money is the culprit. Overtly criminal corruption is rare in Washington. Few politicians are foolish enough to sell their votes for bribes. Instead, a type of corruption with good intentions – one that seems so ...

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