Thursday, March 29, 2012

GWorks Interviews: Lawrence Lessig

Is Congress corrupted? For Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It," 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 How to understand and undo the corruption he sees infecting Congress

Part Two: Defining Corruption What is "corruption."

Part Three: Street Legal: Regulating Wall Street Corruption and regulating Wall Street.

Part Four: Solving for X What needs reform and how.

Part Five: Conclusions What it says about our Republic that it is awash in money and our Congress is distracted. And, is there hope for us, still?