Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."—Henry David Thoreau
Lawrence Lessig of Rootstrikers describes the one problem Americans must solve before we can solve any others.
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.
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim


Every time I read this Thoreau quote, I wonder what he was on. Trees and many other plants have lots and lots of roots. It sounds like he's talking about a carrot or something.

Plus, you have to dig up all these roots. He should have talked to a lumberjack. They always aim for the trunk.

This is just one of those things where you look at it and you wonder why nobody seems to notice that it doesn't make any sense. What kind of plant is he talking about?

And now this very worthy but strangely named organization of Rootstrikers. It just makes you think of a bunch of people pounding around at the base of a tree, trying to knock it down by clawing through the mud.

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