Equal We Are Not
We have allowed a radical inequality to evolve within our political system; we don’t see it, but we must repair it if we’re to have a democracy that might count. Professor Lawrence Lessig explains that our democracy is failing, not because there are too many Republicans in Congress, or too many Democrats, but because the basic commitment of a representative democracy — political equality — has been denied in this fast paced talk. Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. 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 the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.