Introduction


Republic, Lost

How Money Corrupts Congress—

and a Plan to Stop It


Is Congress corrupted? For Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the answer is an obvious and urgent ‘yes.’ The question is how to understand that corruption and what to do about it. For Professor Lessig, re-directing Congress, now turned from the Republic by the consuming (corrupting) need to raise money to run campaigns, is the necessary first step toward the democratic reforms we need and can achieve to return the Republic to the “People alone.”


In Part Two: Defining Corruption, Professor Lessig describes the corruption plaguing Congress now and our traditional, historical ideas of what corruption looks like and what this means for reform.


In Part One: Bended Like Beckoned, Professor Lessig describes Republic, Lost and discusses how to understand  and undo the corruption he sees infecting Congress.

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Lawrence Lessig

Is Congress corrupted? For Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the answer is an obvious and urgent ‘yes.’ The question is how to understand that corruption and what to do about it. For Professor Lessig, re-directing Congress, now turned from the Republic by the consuming (corrupting) need to raise money to run campaigns, is the necessary first step toward the democratic reforms we need and can achieve to return the Republic to the “People alone.”


Part One: Bended Like Beckoned

Republic, Lost described and how to understand and undo the corruption Professor Lessig sees infecting Congress


Part Two: Defining Corruption

The difference between corruption plaguing Congress now and our traditional, historical ideas of what corruption looks like and what this means for reform


Part Three: Street Legal

Exploring the example of corruption’s effect on regulating financial services


Part Four: Solving for X

What problem needs solving and how do we solve it


Part Five: Conclusions

What does it say about our Republic that it is awash in money and our Congress is distracted? And, is there hope for us, still?


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