Lawrence Lessig - We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim

The grand Enlightenment experiment in political self-rule and representative democracy that the United States was supposed to embody was dealt a potentially fatal blow some years ago with the Citizens United decision. Despite the rhetoric about free speech and the gross equivocation between free expression and money, the decision is one that essentially legitimized the bribing of political candidates so that, once elected, they could do the bidding of their corporate and capitalist overlords.

In the following TEDTalk presentation, Professor Lawrence Lessig explains and puts in context what this means for democracy, offers some insights into some possible solutions out of this political nightmare, and makes a powerful case for our moral obligation to overturn the corrosive power of money in politics, even if it feels futile sometimes.

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