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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 Amazon.com
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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 spatial01@gmail.com
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thrilling call to arms 4 avril 2013
Par Student of Life - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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 Excellent Complement to TED Talk 21 janvier 2014
Par Book Shark - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress And How to End It by Lawrence Lessig

"Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress And How to End It" is a compelling plea for action. It's a concise explanation on the nature of corruption in Congress today, and what we can do as citizens to correct it.
Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Lawrence Lessig provides the readers with a very good complementary piece to his TED Talk on this very important topic. This provocative 102-page book includes the following unnumbered chapters: Lesterland, Worse, Corrupt, Known and Ignored, Fixes, Farm Leagues, How, 2do@now, Possible, and Great. orgs you can help now.

1. A well-written succinct narrative. Lessig is engaging and provides strong support for his arguments.
2. An important topic that Lessig masters. A fair and even-handed treatment.
3. An excellent complement to Lessig's TED Talk on this very subject. This succinct book serves to fill some of the gaps.
4. Establishing the foundation of "Lesterland" as a democracy. The three things to see now.
5. Excellent use of facts to support arguments. "The average amount raised by winning Senate candidates was $10.4 million; losing candidates raised $7.7 million."
6. Enlightening information. "Members of Congress and candidates for Congress spend anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent of their time raising money to get back to Congress or get their party back to power."
7. Interesting history. "But the House, as Madison described in Federalist 52, was to be 'dependent on the people alone'."
8. The spotlight on the "Funders". "Our Lesters, the Funders, use their power to advance their own private good."
9. Examples of Funders using private interest over the public good.
10. Defining who the Funders truly are. "The Funders are the cronies in the epithet of 'crony capitalism'."
11. Putting Congress in perspective. "The United States Congress is not filled with criminals. The United States Congress is filled with people who have allowed a system of influence to develop that has corrupted the institution they have the honor to serve."
12. Understanding our political system. A Republic, "representative democracy".
13. The important issue of funding campaigns. "The existing system for funding campaigns tilts Congress away from a simpler tax system -- in part because complexity makes it easier to raise money."
14. The root of the problem. "Corruption is thus the root that all of us must strike at, if we're ever to achieve any progress against the many 'branches of evil.'"
15. A concise plea for action, "we cannot ignore the corruption anymore. We need a government that works."
16. Pragmatic fixes. "We solve the problem by embracing 'citizen-funded elections'."
17. Exposing life after government.
18. The keys to change. "Every fundamental change has happened when the proponents have found a way to unite the country across political divisions."
19. Lessig does a good job of providing readers with tools to a path forward.
20. Solid endnotes.

1. Does not link endnotes.
2. No formal separate bibliography.
3. Though succinct it is repetitive.
4. Tables, charts would have added value.
5. It seems to me that President Obama has tried in vain to find common ground with Congress but has failed to make any progress. Lessig doesn't address this at all.

In summary, an excellent complement to his excellent TED Talk on "Corruption in Congress and How to Fix It". Lessig is an engaging author and has great command of the topic. His arguments are provocative but well-grounded. He makes it very clear what has corrupted Congress and what we can do as ordinary citizens to fix it. Watch the TED Talk and proceed to fill the gaps with this solid complement, I recommend it.

Further suggestions: "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It" by the same author, "The Price of Inequality" by Joseph E. Stiglitz, "Corporations Are Not People" by Jeffrey D. Clements, "Double Down: Game Change 2012" by Mark Halperin, "Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)" by Geoffrey Kabaservice, "That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing" by Michael Austin, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism" by Thomas E. Mann, "Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't" by Robert G. Kaiser, and "Winner-Take-All Politics" by Jacob S. Hacker & Paul Pierson.
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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 Amazon.com
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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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