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Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It (TED Books Book 34) (English Edition)
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Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It (TED Books Book 34) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lawrence Lessig

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The American political system has been foundationally weakened by a corrupt campaign funding system, creating a dangerously unstable and inequitable design that could destroy our republic — if we let it. In this provocative and important book, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes on the deep flaws in our campaign finance system and lays out a plan for fixing it. Lessig describes a place called Lesterland, a fictional land with a population of 311 million people of whom the 144,000, or 0.05 percent, named Lester are the people really in charge. It’s the United States, of course, and Lesters are the people who fund the election. Lessig notes that just 132 Americans gave 60 percent of the SuperPAC money spent in the election cycle. It’s these few, he says, who are our Lesters, and our dependence on them is perverting the democracy of the country. After all, if candidates have to spend 30 to 70 percent of their time trying to raise funds to get back to Congress, which they do, might that not affect their principles, their beliefs, their ideals, and what they’re prepared to fight for on behalf of the people?

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  • Editeur : TED Conferences (3 avril 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You, we, must do this 4 avril 2013
Par Randy Langel - Publié sur
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I have finally, FINALLY, found a concise treatise of the frustrations I have felt for years concerning our political system and a reasoned explanation of how we might attack the monster we have wrought. If you feel what I feel, then rather than waiting till the 5th of November (explained in the movie "V" - an excellent David & Goliath film whose message resonates this call to arms), then please, PLEASE, watch the free TED talk at [...] and read this short exposé. In fact, I'm now trying to figure out a reverse KickStarter campaign where I will fund (under certain conditions) the first 1003 people who think this may be important for them to know but are not "that committed" to spend the $2.99. That's right I'm willing to put up $3,000.00 to spread the word and further this movement. If you have ideas how to accomplish this please email me at
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thrilling call to arms 4 avril 2013
Par Student of Life - Publié sur
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This is a modern political pamphlet of the ilk of Thomas Paine. Powered by laser-sharp logic and the carefully developed metaphor of Lesterland, the land where a tiny number of 'Lesters' control the true levers of power, Lessig accomplishes the following:
- makes you angry, really angry, that the system is as broken as it is
- unveils an extremely convincing case for how we might try to fix it
- and somehow at the end persuades you that it might even happen.

His argument is carefully constructed to appeal to both left and right. The whole book can be devoured in a couple of hours, but will resonate for weeks or months.

It deserves wide attention.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone should read this 11 août 2013
Par A. Scott - Publié sur
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Lessig says mega-billionaires and corporations are controlling all our lives, content to turn the middle-class into modern-day serfs. Why? Because politicians need to listen to them to get the funds they need to be elected. They are one
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read for ALL Citizens, Not Just the Politically Minded 12 mai 2013
Par Koby - Publié sur
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This books is about the corruption within politics in the United States. This isn't about bribery, lobbyists, or those kinds of corruption, instead it's about .05% of the top 1% choosing who we (The People) get to vote for in general elections. It's about who Lessig calls "The Funders" and how the politicians that are suppose to represent us (The People) instead pander to these "funders" because they're the ones that can give large coffers of cash to fund campaigns.

Said even shorter, this book is about election and election fund raising reform. Lessig spends a good amount of the first half of the book describing the problem, putting emphasis on this problem not being solely a Left or Right problem but rather a problem that effects everyone on the political spectrum. The second half of the book is spent on discussing actual real solutions to to the problem. There is no "do this and we can fix the problem" rather the book talks about what problem we need to fix (focus on). Some specific ideas are given to help start the conversation.

If you're interested in the problems plaguing politics in the United States and you'd like to know about organizations that are focusing on this problem, this book is a must read. Truthfully, it's a must read for all citizens.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Corruption and How to end it. 30 avril 2013
Par Per Eriksson - Publié sur
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A couple of days ago I finished reading Lawrence Lessig’s Lesterland. I did not find it an easy read but then I didn't expect it to be. It is an important document talking about corruption.
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.
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