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  • How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It
  • De : Lawrence Lessig
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    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.

    Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course - from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.

    A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, is as critical of the president and the Democratic Party as he is of Republicans. Both have allowed the core institution of our democracy to become little more than a shill for the most powerful moneyed interests in our Republic.

    America may be divided, argues Lessig, but we must recognize that corruption is our common enemy, and we must find a way to fight against it.

    ©2011 Lawrence Lessig (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    • Richard Nielsen
    • 18/01/2012

    Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods.

    I am going to write this review. Like the reader. Read. It. Throughout. He would start each sentence with a normal flow. And then. At the end. He. Would. Add. Pauses. This has the effect of making the sentences sound. Like. They had. Periods. Where there were. No. Periods. It would not have been so annoying. If. He only. Did. It. For. Emphasis. But instead, he did it on just about. Every. Single. Sentence.

    I almost could. Not. Make it. Through. The. Book.

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    • Tony Loman
    • 03/01/2012

    Required Listening

    This book should be required reading (listening) for all Americans of all political persuasions. It is at the top of my list of nonfiction books read or listened to in 2011. Lessig's reading is passionate. His arguments and examples are convincing. You do not have to agree with every argument to be convinced of the basic conclusion of the book--that our government has been corrupted and stolen from the people by large corporate financial interests. Listen to the book and then join and become active in Rootstrikers or one of the several other organizations he lists.

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    • CHET YARBROUGH
    • 07/05/2016

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at Harvard Law School. In “Republic, Lost” Lessig crystallizes the reasons for American apathy about voting in general elections; i.e. the state of America’s current “moneyocracy” makes a vote hardly worth exercising. Wake up America.

    Though one appreciates Lessig’s critical evaluation of the American election system, his ivory tower solutions only reinforce voter apathy. Like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Lessig’s book is mired in a fantasy. Neither the inchoate “Occupy” movement nor Lessig’s intellectual exercise can change the inborn cause of American inequality; i.e., pursuit of money, power, and prestige, the unchanging nature of humankind.

    Rights inherent in the freedom of American capitalism reward greed and denigrate or ignore altruism. The burgeoning gap between rich and poor aggravates and insures an American aristocracy of wealth. As long as corporations continue to endorse executive pay at 50 to 500 times the income of average employees, money will continue to distort democratic policy. Lessig presents the idea of paying legislators higher salaries to blunt corruption. To suggest, which Lessig does, paying a million dollars a year to a congressman to mitigate undue influence by corporations will only raise the stakes for moneyed interest’s distortion of public policy; not to mention, increase the chasm between haves and have-nots.

    Capitalism is not a perfect system and people like Lessig are important because they reveal those imperfections. Americans are frustrated with politicians and the current political environment. People like Lessig and Obama give reason for hope that change for the better will come; never fast enough but always incrementally forward.

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    • 03/01/2012

    Required Listening

    This book should be required reading (listening) for all Americans of all political persuasions. It is at the top of my list of nonfiction books read or listened to in 2011. Lessig's reading is passionate. His arguments and examples are convincing. You do not have to agree with every argument to be convinced of the basic conclusion of the book--that our government has been corrupted and stolen from the people by large corporate financial interests. Listen to the book and then join and become active in Rootstrikers or one of the several other organizations he lists.

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    • kevmoo
    • 18/12/2011

    A profoundly important book. A must read.

    For anyone that is a lover of the American Republic, this is a must read book.

    My only gripe: at times there are some weirdness in the sound production, but Lessig's reading is clear and persuasive.

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    • movsrus
    • 08/06/2014

    Excellent book about money in politics

    If you could sum up Republic, Lost in three words, what would they be?

    Wake up call. Money in politics is like heroin to a junkie. Our elected members of Congress spend vast amounts of time on the telephone soliciting money- worse than panhandlers on street corners. Once they get the money, there is an acknowledged understanding that the people who gave the money get something in return. That corrupts the political system. Why is it that the managers running the largest hedge funds pay a lower tax rate than only the poorest in this country. Answer- money and their sway over the politicians who write the tax code.

    This is a shameful situation and we should all be up in arms about how our political process is owned by the lobbyists, PACS and special interest groups.

    What other book might you compare Republic, Lost to and why?

    Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. His book shows how the big money people have scammed the stock market and front run the little guy. Just last week the new SEC Mary Jo White spoke about new regulations on the HFT traders but said that the market was not rigged against the little guy. Wrong- it is all a scam and the big money in this country gets to make the rules and circumvent the system.

    What about Lawrence Lessig’s performance did you like?

    Good arguments, lucid explanation of how we need to change things and some good suggestions about how to go about it.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is great. The examples he cites of how money has corrupted the system should make everyone who reads this book begin to demand change to get the cancer that is money in politics out of the system. Public funded elections with limitations on PACs, lobbyists and big money donors is the only way to control the corrosive effects of the system we have now.

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    • Scott
    • 06/04/2013

    A Must read for anyone who wants to know what is w

    What made the experience of listening to Republic, Lost the most enjoyable?

    Lessig explores the problems associated with campaing finances as they relate to the disfunction in our government. It is a wonderful non-partisan exploration of how the people lost control of our representative govenrment to the monied few. Listen, learn, and act.

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    • George
    • 16/03/2015

    Good analysis of our major problem.

    Although this book is written by a conservative (his words) turned Obama liberal, I, as a Tea Party conservative/Libertarian found that I agree with almost all of it. I'll forgive that he played the Charlie Brown role and believed the campaign speeches that O gave, speeches that convinced him that this time Lucy wouldn't pull the ball away. (The Charlie/Lucy analogy is from the book).

    It's odd that he spends one chapter trying to convince the reader that studies have found almost no link between lobby money and congressional votes - then he spends most of the remaining book giving myriad examples of how it does. I recommend this book to all my Tea Party friends.

    He enumerates 4 plans to fix the problem - all of which he gives 2-15% chance of success. But these plans are thought provoking and engendered a couple of ideas in my mind. Maybe if we put our heads together, and tap the expertise of think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, we can make a difference. The think tanks know how to balance the budget. They just need groups like the Tea Party organizations to put the heat on congress.

    We don't need to rewrite the constitution. We need to provide logical solutions and bring enough pressure to bear on our elected "servants" to get them to consider what's right for our grand kids' future, instead of what K street wants, for a change. We, the people, need to regain our voice in how this country is run. We'll never have the money that the K street lobbyists have, so we must resort to other tactics - All ideas are welcome.

    The only part of the book that I found distracting: he was so PC that he always used the pronoun "she" when referring to hypothetical congressmen and senators, most of whom are male - even she for a hypothetical prez, all of whom have been male. Is that reverse sexism?

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    • Jo E. Meyertons
    • 09/02/2012

    Very important read, but drags a bit

    I think Lessig is a brilliant speaker, but a so-so narrator. Without visuals to go with his spoken word, this listen tends to drag a bit here and there as he labors to make his points, though in the end the points are profoundly important to every American regardless of party affiliation. Ignore at your own peril, people.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 20/08/2022

    WOW, knowledge, insights and potentials

    The wisdom and information in this book is second to none. just finished it and going back for a listen to grasp even more. thank you for your humility, wisdom and goal for better democracy.