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Category Archives: Book Club
Lawrence Lessig’s Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop it is reviewed in the current issue of The Washington Monthly by Walter Shapiro, who was until recently Salon.com’s Washington bureau chief. Wittily titled “The Campaign-Industrial Complex,” the … Continue reading
The book we’re reading—Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Winner-Take-All Politics—is said to be the “backbone” of the first three episodes of the new TV series “Moyers & Company.” The show is broadcast on KLRU-HD (over-the-air channel 18-1) Fridays at … Continue reading
After the 2006 mid-term election, a friend emailed me an internet link to a presentation about how money was corrupting Congress. I knew that this presentation, by a professor named Lawrence Lessig, was onto something, but what could I do … Continue reading
I think Lawerence Lessig might be the Adam Smith of the Political Influence Economy. And right now, the US Political Influence Economy does not support the goals of our representative Republic. As I read Lessig’s new book, Republic, Lost, I … Continue reading
The 27 August meeting of the Money in Politics group was devoted to a discussion of 13 Bankers: Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson & James Kwak. After the meeting, Gordon Fossum recommended a video: … Continue reading