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Lawrence Lessig tells Jon Stewart why Congress is corrupt – and how to fix it

Lawrence Lessig was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, and you have just got to see it! 

Lessig, a Harvard Law Professor and author of A Republic Lost (Coffee Party Book Club's current selection), is also the founder Rootstrikers which is now teaming up with Josh Silver's United Republic (listen to Annabel Park's recent interview with Josh) to fight the domination of Big Money over the political process.  Dylan Rattigan is also part of this impressive coalition.

In the television broadcast portion of the interview, Lessig and Stewart talk about how only 0.05 percent of the electorate contributing the maximum amount to political campaigns, and only .26 percent giving more than $200, Congress is beholden to less than 1% of the public (the Occupy Movement has it wrong).

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In the second half of the interview, available on-line only, Lessig explains some of the potential solutions to the problem: transparency, changes to funding, and a Constitutional amendment:

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Lessig wrote to fellow Rootstrikers today that his favorite clip from The Daily Show is one of Stewart convincing Fox "News" host Bill O'Reilly that the underlying problem is in fact corruption.

 

 



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