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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coming American Spring, February 15, 2012
This review is from: One Way Forward: The Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
When the Occupy Wall Street movement packed up its tents last fall (or was chased out of town, depending on your point of view), it felt like the momentum for great change had suddenly stopped in its tracks. Despite its famous "leaderless" form of organization, the nascent movement appeared to need leadership. Or, at the very least, a few practical goals.
Lawrence Lessig's One Way Forward arrives as a fresh voice in time for a coming spring of change. He offers an inspirational AND concrete set of ideas for how Americans can change the legally corrupt system that essentially buys our Congress and makes it the handmaiden of corporations and the tiniest slice of the 1%.
Lessig's hero is Henry David Thoreau and there is a bit of Thoreau in his eloquent, exasperated attack on the way our government's business gets done--or, more to the point, NOT DONE--these days. In One Way Forward, he attempts to jump-start an open-sourced revolution to drive the bad money out of our politics. He appeals to Left and Right, Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. He says that these disparate groups ultimately have in common the same need: ending the corruption at the heart of American politics.
If you want to feel a sense of hope again, read this and get to work changing our rotten system.
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Initial post: May 24, 2014 9:06:25 AM PDT
Chad M says:
Prof. Lessig and Rootstrikers will need to make plans for a Constitutional Convention. The U.S. Supreme Court has assumed that donating money to politicians is a form of 1st Amendment protected free speech, that donations can pay for print or TV advertising, staff, office expenses. Is there a way around this? Yes, if you look outside the U.S. In Denmark and Sweden they have perfected Western democracies, and money donations to politicians there are criminal acts. Rootstrikers need an actual example of success, a real world political system that functions without private money. Just as the writers of the Federalist Papers frequently cited examples of ancient, medieval, and modern countries and their political systems to fine tune the U.S. Constitution, so too do we need to look outside the U.S. for present day transparent and ethical government.
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