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Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

by John P. Reisman last modified Aug 28, 2012 01:13 PM
Laurence Lessig having served as a clerk to Justice Scalia and gotten his feet wet in the process of legislation and law at the Supreme level has authored a concise treatment pertaining to what he terms 'dependency corruption'. How a subtle and erosive virus has crept into our political system and like a termite infestation is eroding the very foundations or our Republic and the democracy it was designed to protect.

"Lawrence Lessig gets things changed not for the benefit of corporations but to unleash the creative potential of ordinary people in a digital age."
(The Guardian )

"Lessig is one of those rare legal scholars with both a clear narrative voice and a fine eye for historical irony."
(The Washington Post )

"A bright and spark-filed polemic... combining legal sophistication with a storyteller's knack."
(Wall Street Journal, on Free Culture )

"A powerfully argued and important analysis... it is also surprisingly entertaining."
(The New York Times Book Review, on Free Culture )

"Once dubbed a 'philosopher king of Internet law,' he writes with a unique mix of legal expertise, historic facts and cultural curiosity, citing everything from turn-of-the-century Congressional testimony to Wikipedia to contemporary best-sellers like Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. The result is a wealth of interesting examples and theories on how and why digital technology and copyright law can promote professional and amateur art."
(M.J. Stephey, Time Magazine )

"More than anything, Lessig understands and often wrestles with a rather understated theory: common sense."
(Derek Bores, PopMatters )

"As an initial matter, Lessigian thought is deeply critical in nature... Perhaps it is the luxury of academia, or his nature generally, but Lessig is not afraid to say (loudly) at times: This doesn't work! We need to change. He says it often, and people are listening."
(Russ Taylor, Federal Communications Law Journal )

"No one is more skilled at making arcane legal and technological questions terrifyingly relevant to everyday life than Lessig."

(Sonia Katyal, Texas Law Review )

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