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Lessig’s Republic, Lost Reviewed

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

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Book Club’s Current Book Featured on “Moyers & Company”

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

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“Republic, Lost” discussion sheds light on what citizens can do about campaign finance distortions

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

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Lessig: The Adam Smith of the Political Influence Economy?

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

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13 Bankers Discussed

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

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Book Club notice

13 Bankers: Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson & James Kwak. We will discuss this book at Coffee Party Austin’s meeting on 27 August. Extensive comments on the book have been contributed by two CP-Austin … Continue reading

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