This is a wonderful TED talk.
There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.
Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The US’ broken political system.
I originally posted this back in October 2006. I thought it would be nice to re-post it. I understand that this original video is hard to find. I guess you just need to know where to look.
The following is the old post. Remember Bob Ney? He was kind of like Mark Sanford. He was a disgraced politician except he kept his pants on, as far as I know. 😉
No not Bob Ney.
Remember when Michael Jackson was an entertainer and not a child molester? Remember when you simply couldn’t wait until his next video would come out? In his day, he was as good as they got. Smooth Criminal, like many of the videos and music that Michael Jackson did back then, broke new ground. The visuals were awesome. The video was part of a larger movie. Anyway, that was a long time ago. Bush I was in the White House. Iraq hadn’t been invaded once. We were friends with Osama Bin Laden and were still fighting the Soviet Union. Wow, that really was a long time ago.