Summary of We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim

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All American citizens have the right and responsibility to reclaim their republic.


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Lawyer and activist Lawrence Lessig brings great passion and lucidity to this talk on the “corruption” of the United States’ representative democracy and the small but real possibility of redeeming it. His frank analysis of the broken US election process is simultaneously shocking and hopeful. getAbstract recommends Lessig’s talk to all the nation’s citizens, regardless of political stripe; as Lessig contends, it is their right – and responsibility – to reclaim the republic.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How money from a small, powerful group of people is corrupting the United States’ democracy
  • Why reform is seemingly impossible but necessary
  • How individual citizens can be part of the solution


Imagine a place called Lesterland. It is home to some 311 million people. Of those, 144,000, about 0.05%, are named Lester. The Lesters wield great power: They vote in a special election preceding every general election. Only candidates who do well in the Lester election get to run in the general vote...
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Lawyer and activist Lawrence Lessig is the author of Lesterland and Republic, Lost.

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    Lawrence Lessig

    Basic Books, 2006


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