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5.0 out of 5 stars Worried About Our Country? Read This Book., November 2, 2011
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Lawrence Lessig has written a timely book for anyone who is concerned with the state of Our Union. There is no way around it, the subject matter is depressing. Our Country is in a bad way and most regular Americans are not really sure what to do about it. This book is a good place to start. Not only do you get a clear understanding of the major problems with excellent historical context, you get suggestions on how to effect change. This book which clearly articulates a problem and then offers solutions resolves the depressing aspect. There are things all Citizens can do, starting today. The book offers suggestions on how to begin with many resources and links. Whatever level your time, energy and resources allow, You will be able to do something to help. Do not be put off by the enormity of the problem. At this point our only choices are to accept our broken, corporate controlled government or as American Citizens have done at critical times in our history stand up and remind others that our Republic is responsible to "The People" alone. This is not a Liberal or Conservative issue. This is not even the 99% vs the 1%, although the 99% are suffering more from the current state of Our Union. I found this book to be an easy and enjoyable read despite the serious subject matter. I strongly encourage everyone to read this important book. As one of the 99% we have to do something. This is a great place to start.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2012 8:50:33 AM PDT
Sherwood says:
I haven't read the book and probably won't, but it is comforting to know there is at least two others in our troubled nation who agree with me and are on record.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 9:11:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012 1:51:38 PM PDT
RTK says:
I agree. The most important book I have read in years. I urge you to do at least the following (I am open to additional suggestions):
Starting today, please repeatedly write or email your state legislators (feel free to cut and paste any of the following) to call for a United States Constitutional Convention in order to propose amendments (see movetoamend.org) to the U.S. constitution concerning:
1.) the rights of natural persons as distinct from corporations (Corporations are not people and can be regulated).
2.) the financing of federal elections (Money is not speech and can be regulated).
3.) national popular vote with instant runoff for Presidential election--see fairvote.org).
4.) other subjects as determined by the delegates.

And write and email your Congressman and Senators to push to:
1.) pass the Move to Amend proposal (quicker alternative route through Congressional proposal than states asking for convention),
and to further enhance bipartisan cooperation,
2.) give back to the states the option to use choice voting from multi-member districts (see fairvote.org) by repealing the single-member district requirement passed by Congress in 1967.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:27:48 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 6, 2015 2:18:58 PM PST
I trust Lessig, if I did not I would think this was a covert operation to keep people distracted. Taking money out of politics is IRRELEVANT as long as you have a two-party tyranny that controls ballot access by blocking the other parties and Independents, can manipulate districts with gerrymandering, steal and fabricate votes through electronic fraud, pass legislation without its being read, ignore constituent emails, etcetera. Electoral Reform is both much more complex than Professor Lessig would have you understand, and also much easier to achieve than this particular narrow objective. See for example http://tinyurl.com/OpenPower.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2015 3:02:12 PM PST
Sherwood says:
There is one very serious problem with this post. It is an opinion and quite obviously, a biased opinion. It presents no viable evidence on a subject that the average person can rely on.

The problem is not the money in politics, but the fact that there is so much money involved that it entices the candidates to forget that the missing ingredient is leadership - established leaders who have realistic answers to the relatively few problems we face, recognizing that most of those have been caused by their predecessors, not because of their political ideology, but because they were afraid to admit that they made mistakes.
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