Posts Tagged ‘lessig’

Cutting Out the Corruption – Lessig

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Institutional corruption runs rampant throughout American politics. This is especially true in Congress, where members spend 30-70% of their time raising money for their next re-election.

The tiniest slice of Americans – 0.0000063% – fund the vast majority of campaign costs. THIS IS CORRUPTION! It’s a corruption of dependency, as elected officials depend on special, elite interests well above those of the people they represent.

This corruption needs to be removed for democracy to be reclaimed. And the only way this can be done is with an upheaval to the entire system, making it so that the power to select leaders is distributed equally across the population. (more…)

Lessig and Hedges: Combating Corporatism

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Today’s offering is a delightful interview featuring two intellectual heavyweights, Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges, discussing and analyzing the Occupy movement and how it stands to rival the rise of Corporatism across America and the world.

Some key points:

  • A fraction of 1% of the population own the political landscape in America
  • Corporate forces have gutted opposing institutions, like community, education, and unions
  • Politicians at the State and Federal level are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Corporate State
  • It is this underlying corruption which is stirring the people’s uprising, like Occupy
  • The system could be too broken to fix, and will likely need to be purged
  • This uprising, like a sleeping giant, is only just starting to awaken
  • The pending revolution is imperative for the people to undertake
  • A crucial factor for the revolution is to get the police on side with the protesters