The Current Disastrous State of American Politics, And How to Fix It

A Brief Comprehension

 

For many people. understanding how money influences the politics of American democracy is a daunting task. However, these TED talk videos below, done by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, do a very good job at introducing the foundational concepts of money in politics. The 28ers was founded upon the very idea that for a truly great United States of America, the political system must work without the overriding influence of corporations and instead to the broad constituents of the American people.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

 

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.

 

Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform

 

Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and a offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.

Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it

 

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it's just the first problem.


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