Can we keep our Republic?

October 25th, 2011

We all seem to agree that our political system, in fact our democracy, is broken. But what does that mean? How did this happen, what's at it's core and what, if anything, can we do about it? To begin we need to heed the dictum of Woodward and Bernstein's famous Deep Throat, who said "follow the money." This is the lesson that famed lawyer and internet advocate Lawrence Lessig tries to teach us in his new book Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It. Lessig goes to heart of what's fueling the current "occupy" movement and what they might do to achieve real success. My conversation with Lawrence Lessig: