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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It [Anglais] [Broché]

Lawrence Lessig

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2 octobre 2012
In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

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As an academic, Lessig has the research chops to find the anecdotes that best fit the narrative case he's making, and to lay them out in wonderful detail. But his real gift is in the art of stringing them together into a story. That means that this book is as persuasive as it is enjoyable to read.—Alesh Houdek, The Atlantic

REPUBLIC, LOST is a powerful reminder that this problem goes deeper than poor legislative tactics or bad character. As progressives contemplate how best to pick up the pieces after recent setbacks, a robust agenda to change how business gets done in the capital needs to be part of the picture. This time, we'd better mean it.—Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect

Praise for Lawrence Lessig

"Lawrence Lessig gets things changed not for the benefit of corporations but to unleash the creative potential of ordinary people in a digital age."
The Guardian

"Lessig is one of those rare legal scholars with both a clear narrative voice and a fine eye for historical irony."
The Washington Post

"A bright and spark-filed polemic... combining legal sophistication with a storyteller's knack."
Wall Street Journal, on Free Culture

"A powerfully argued and important analysis... it is also surprisingly entertaining."
The New York Times Book Review, on Free Culture

"Once dubbed a 'philosopher king of Internet law,' he writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts and cultural curiosity, citing everything from turn-of-the-century Congressional testimony to Wikipedia to contemporary best-sellers like Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur art."
M.J. Stephey, Time Magazine

"More than anything, Lessig understands and often wrestles with a rather understated theory: common sense."
Derek Bores, PopMatters

"As an initial matter, Lessigian thought is deeply critical in nature... Perhaps it is the luxury of academia, or his nature generally, but Lessig is not afraid to say (loudly) at times: This doesn't work! We need to change. He says it often, and people are listening."
Russ Taylor, Federal Communications Law Journal

"No one is more skilled at making arcane legal and technological questions terrifyingly relevant to everyday life than Lessig."

Sonia Katyal, Texas Law Review

Biographie de l'auteur

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-argued, but pessimistic forecast 30 décembre 2012
Par Yolanda in San Francisco - Publié sur
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I have to agree with the author's premise, that the main problem in politics is campaign finance: politicians (both Republicans and Democrats) are beholden to their wealthy campaign donors. If they won't play ball, they will never even make it onto the ballot! So politicians create legislation that is favorable to the moneyed interests, even though it is not favorable to Americans in general. Take the financial crash of 2008. That was largely a result of bipartisan legislation drafted by Republicans and signed by President Clinton. It basically scrapped the protections created by the Glass-Steagall act during the Great Depression of the 1930's! That set the stage for financial institutions and banks making risky bets with depositors' money. When the bets went bad, oh, well, too bad. The taxpayers will eat the cost, and the bettors could just move on to the next deal. That should make you mad whether you're a Republican or a Democrat (or Independent, Green party, Peace and Freedom, etc)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is an important book 22 décembre 2012
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This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Lessig's writing is fantastic. He builds and sustains an argument like no other author can. I can't recommend this enough.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Should be Required Reading for voters! 5 janvier 2013
Par Merrell T. Denison - Publié sur
If you are as disgusted as I am with our political system, you need to read this book. Mr. Lessig does a thorough job of describing a major problem, campaign finance, without displaying obvious partisan bias and without excessive rancor. He is not terribly optimistic that his solutions will be implemented, but all of us should be aware of the problem to help us identify candidates that share his concerns in future elections. His website may be less biased than his book, but an internet search will offer more insights and direction for interested people. Particularly interesting for those of us with gray hair was his suggestion of a Constitutional Convention, and the demagoguery that followed as thirty-some states moved towards a "balanced budget amendment" convention in the 1980's. Entrenched power will bring out the same arguments as any traction towards solutions to campaign finance are forwarded, and voters should prepare rebuttals now. The recent "Fiscal Cliff" debacle, with the outrageous legislative outcome of 19 pages of corporate handouts, is a perfect illustration of Mr. Lessig's point in Republic, Lost.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-read! 11 juillet 2014
Par Dr. Steve Smith - Publié sur
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dr. Lessig's book! His writing is easy; the prose flows as he builds his case - one which incidentally is highly provocative. Although dealing with a topic that is an emotional volcano waiting for an opportunity to erupt, Dr. Lessig refuses to be emotive and restrains any temptation to indulge in polemics. His arguments are succinct, clear, targeted and logical. As for anyone presenting a topic such as lobbying and I suppose, as an incentive for both sides to hear what he has to offer in terms of a plausible solution, he is forced to walk a very thin - unoffensive - political line. His logic is intriguing but its underpinning ontology reveals itself albeit subtly, from time to time - as it must. As I do not wish to influence the potential reader one way or the other, I should simply end by saying that this is an excellent read on a subject that is rendered truly titillating by an absolutely able author and scholar.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thorough and Precise 31 mai 2014
Par RAY1345 - Publié sur
I read this book for an independent study course and I have to say that this lays out a very good liberal argument for Campaign Finance Reform (yes Liberal, he is not afraid to be honest). the truth is right there is in the book and it inspires the reader to become a rootstriker rather than to strike at the branches. which according to him the root is money itself. I like the argument that he presents and the fact that most of his evidence is actually empirical rather than normative. I also enjoyed that he went to great lengths to provide the solution model. I have my issues and my own personal beliefs on the issue but I will give it to Lessig, he is a brilliant author and set a very important issue into perspective.
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