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- Publication Date: April 3, 2013
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Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It (TED Books Book 34) Kindle Edition
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percent of the one percent, he says. They are not all bad, but they do tend to favor legislation that benefits them rather than all of us.. The average voter has very little impact. Lessig urges us to use the vote and the strength of public opinion to change the campaign finance laws so that, once again, everyone has a voice.
As this books shows, there is a cycle in which lobbyists provide campaigning funds, members of Congress depend on this daily and monthly, and then draft legislation that feeds profitable industries. The democratic process is skewed and the value of citizen votes is diminished.
However, even if a Constitutional convention banned large money donations directly from donor to politician, voter turnout at high levels would still be needed. Yet that is the very thing which is lacking now, and which alone could make the current mode of government work far better.
On the other side, Lessig argues that such a voting scenario would rarely occur because candidates are screened by a precursor "money election," one which comes well before the "general election." Since either A. the climate and Earth movement or B. an Article V convention both need high voter turnout, continued over several years, this book renews and reminds us of the indispensable role of high voter turnout. This is true before any Article V Constitutional Convention, and holds true afterwards as well.
Lessig offers suggestions on how to end this corruption -- but it ain't easy, folks! For one thing, enough voting citizens have to become both more knowledgeable about Washington works, and angry about the current state of affairs.
This is an easy read, America -- and your nation is calling you to read this book, then get involved.
Primarily the book is aiming to point out the corruption of US Congress, at the same time suggesting ways to combat and overcoming this problem.
Sadly though same issue exist in many other countries so the book and its recommended solutions are relevant world wide.
I suggest you read this book now even if you don't feel like participating in the discussion at this moment so next time you find yourself amongst rootstrikers you have a solid background in the subject and can then join in the conversation.