Summary of Someday Our Kids Will Ask, How Did You Let This Happen?

Thoughts on Recovering a Sensible Democracy

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Someday Our Kids Will Ask, How Did You Let This Happen? summary
A democracy’s rightful leaders are its citizens.


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In his meticulous, scholarly presentation, Lawrence Lessig, champion of a citizen-led democracy, exposes the deep cracks in American politics and proposes several reforms. Though Lessig’s eloquent argument is long-winded, his thorough analysis presents a clear and hopeful blueprint for change. getAbstract recommends his polished nonpartisan report to US citizens who crave the representative democracy their country is lacking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What three inequalities are destroying the US democracy
  • What processes could improve the system
  • Why citizens must embrace a public role in government


Imagine an ignored child seated between distracted parents. His frustration and impatience build and finally erupt. The child’s outburst shocks his parents, but his reaction is reasonable; his parents’ neglect is a “betrayal.” This scenario is an apt metaphor for the current political moment. The American...
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Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer, activist and Harvard Law School professor.

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