Review: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop ItRepublic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first met Larry Lessig when I wrote for in 2001. A Constitutional lawyer, he’d become extremely interested in copyright law, particularly as it related to the future of creativity. Throughout the next decade, he wrote some of the most influential books on that subject, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, The Future of Ideas, and Remix Culture to name a few. He also helped launch the Creative Commons, an open copyright system meant to give creators more control over how and where their work can be used by others.

Now he’s turned his eye towards politics.

His premise for this research is simple: We must either believe that every politician in our system is corrupt, or that our system has become corrupted in a way that forces people to act in ways counter to their own belief systems.

In Republic, Lost, Lessig lays the groundwork for understanding how our elections have been altered by private money and why that influx of “dark money” has changed the way we understand politics and the ways in which politicians can interact with each other.

As with copyright, Lessig’s journey is meant to be a 10-year(-ish) exploration of the problem. His first steps in understanding the problem with politics will change the way you view politicians and our Republic.

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