Lawrence Lessig on Obama’s First Year

Well, I listened to Larry talking about how Obama failed to change anything. And I heard about Larry’s plan to change this: Citizen Funded Elections. It’s astounding how someone so smart can miss the mark by so much. The problem is not that special interests are buying congressmen. The problem is that congressmen have power to sell to them. As long as they have the power, they will be able to demand a price.

So, first things first: If we want to be able to trust Congress again, first we have to take away their power. How do we do that? Well, for one, people could vote Libertarian, but I don’t think that’s likely. More likely would be to demand that state legislators take back the power that rightfully belongs to them, according to the design of our country.

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