Regulating campaign spending would root out corruption in our electoral process
We know there’s an ungodly amount of money tied up in politics, much of it collected in the campaign finance stage. What we often don’t know is where it comes from and what its aims are. What if we could shift the way we interpret and regulate campaign spending? That kind of shift might just root out deep-seated corruption in our electoral process...according, at least, to
America's Corrupt Political System
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig Explains corruption in American politics. Why is American politics so dysfunctional? Lawrence Lessig, profound speaker, activist and law professor, details corporate money as the corrupt root obstructing progress on all issues in America’s political system and the importance of the strategy to call for a convention to introduce a constitutional amendment addressing campaign finance reform. Hosts: Lawrence Lessig Cast: Lawrence Lessig
HLS Library Book Talk
The Harvard Law School Library hosted Lawrence Lessig for a talk on his latest book, "America, Compromised," which the University of Chicago press calls a "sweeping indictment of contemporary American institutions and the corruption that besets them."
Harvard Bookstore-WGBH Network Forum
In America, Compromised Lawrence Lessig captures a snapshot of contemporary America and forms an argument on how the institutions of the American government have come to be the way they are. Throughout the book, Lessig shows that the modern problems plaguing corrupt political institutions cannot simply be blamed upon the "bad people" of society. Rather, Lessig argues that it is compromise that has brought down the
Work in progress
Lawrence Lessig discusses institutional corruption and the high price future generations will pay. Larry is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School.
Ending Institutional Corruption - What is Institutional Corruption?: Lessig in the Dock
Harvard Law School
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Dennis F. Thompson, Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, Harvard University; Director Emeritus, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Panel Discussion on Corruption
Zephyr Teachout , author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin ’s Snuff Box to Citizens United , and Janine Wedel , author of Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security , talked about curbing corruption. Lawrence Lessig moderated the discussion, at the New America Foundation in New York City.
How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats
PBS Moyers & Company
This week, Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics — a subject both have studied as scholars — and how they’re fighting to reform the system.
Lessig on Institutional Corruption—Congress: The Paradigm Case
UChicago Division of the Humanities
In this inaugural lecture of the the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lecture Series, Lawrence Lessig explores the concept of "institutional corruption" using the paradigm case: Congress. Few institutions better illustrate the concept of “institutional corruption.” Congressional campaigns are financed through private donations. If done openly, this process allows for influence that is both legal and ethical. But as Lawrence Lessig argues, how
Lessig at MIT: "Tweedism"
Citizens Rising Symposium
Lawrence Lessig at MIT, talking about "Tweedism" and corruption
How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It
Long Now Foundation Seminar Series
A dazzlingly incisive presenter, Lawrence Lessig specializes in identifying deep systemic problems in public process (such as copyright malfunction and Congressional dysfunction) and then showing how they can be cured. Currently he is bearing down on the corruption of Congress by the practice of private funding for public elections through campaign contributions. He writes: "The dependency of modern campaign finance is the single most important
Jack Abramoff on Political Corruption Interview by Lawrence Lessig
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff talked about government corruption. In 2006 Mr. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. He is the author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist . He was interviewed by Lawrence Lessig and also responded to questions from members of the audience. “ Lawrence Lessig Interrogates Jack Abramoff
PBS Charlie Rose
Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig introduces his new book, "Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop it."
How to reform money's influence on elections
MSNBC Morning Joe
Lawrence Lessig, professor at Harvard Law School and director of the Center for Ethics at Harvard University, talks about his new book "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It."
Talks at Google
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
Q&A: Lawrence Lessig
This week on Q&A, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig discussed his latest book about money and its influence on Congress. Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University. In his book, he argues that large amounts of money, fueled by recent changes in campaign finance rules, can secure legislative influence in the United States government. He assails powerful