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

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Rating

9

Qualities

  • Analytical
  • Eye Opening
  • Inspiring

Recommendation

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.

About the Speaker

Lawyer and activist Lawrence Lessig is the author of Lesterland and Republic, Lost.

 

Summary

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. Thus, though Lesterland’s citizens can choose their elected officials, the Lesters limit and shape citizens’ options. And because the Lesters fund the candidates’ campaigns, the candidates are eager to please this small group.

Lesterland is, in fact, the United States. The nation holds two elections, the general election and before that, a de facto “money election.” Only “relevant funders” – 0.05% of the population...


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