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Lawrence Lessig analyzes how corrupt institutions erode the common good


  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk with law professor Lawrence Lessig, who has spent much of his career trying to fix our broken political system.

His new book, America, Compromised, is based on a series of lectures he has given about how US institutions no longer serve the purposes for which they were designed. They now serve the wealthy and corporations, which work to help the rich get richer. What's happening isn't illegal. It's systemic. He writes, "There is not a single American awake to the world who is comfortable with the way things are." What can we do to change the system?


Lawrence Lessig, professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former professor at Chicago University and Stanford Law School, founder of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, and author of America, Compromised

Web Resources:

Boston Review: Democracy After Citizens United

Salon: Our political system is just this corrupt: Lawrence Lessig explodes our diseased, dangerous Congress


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.