Friday, April 05, 2013

Reclaiming the republic

In this video, Lawrence Lessig talks about the corruption at the heart of American politics. He says it was caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. I don’t know anyone who would argue with that, but what next?

It seems to me that Lessig argues, basically, a Nike-esque “just do it” response, and I think that’s a cop out. Of course people should do something, but what?! That's why I think his response is ultimately a cop-out.

I like TED talks—a lot. At their best, they’re thought-provoking, challenging, even infuriating. At their worst, they’re shallow, empty and ill-focused, and for me, this is one of those times: WTF are mainstream people supposed to DO?!

Still, I think there’s some value in at least merely talking about the issues. But talk is not enough.

If Americans really want to reclaim their republic from the oligarchs, then they need to DO something. This video doesn’t provide the needed tools.

1 comment:

Roger Green said...

I so didn't see what you saw. I think his analogies to gay rights, and the civil rights of the 1960s are apt. There's no single road map. But, apparently, Connecticut put enough pressure on its state legislators to change the game. And if we don't, the other big issues will be tied to the monied interests. So The Tea Party folks and the ACLU should have a common goal, even common enemy: the Lesters.