Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lessig: "Occupy Americans Elect"

As regular readers of this space know, I'm one who believes money is having an increasingly corrosive effect on U.S. politics, distorting our elected representatives' policy agendas so as to conform to their donors' desires, rather than those of their constituents. On the national scene, Harvard law school professor Lawrence Lessig has emerged as one of the most vocal champions of reforming the system, and has laid out the problem and possible solutions in his recent book, Republic, Lost.

Now Lessig has a new e-book out, One Way Forward: the Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic, and a new short-term strategy in the reform effort: getting political outsiders to "occupy" Americans Elect for the cause. I had an opportunity to interview him earlier this month about his plan, and wrote this piece that posted yesterday afternoon at Washington Monthly.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think of his idea.

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