Forum Post: Common ground: One Way Forward -- There should be no conflict between the Left and the Right on this
Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 26, 2012, 11:24 a.m. EST by TechJunkie
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Lawrence Lessig's new pamphlet/book has an exciting message about ideas that unite the 99%. Both the left and the right.
For until the giant recognizes that she has two hands, a Left and a Right, and two feet, a Left and a Right, and two sides of a brain, a Left and a Right, and that she needs both, the giant will do nothing more than flail—as every one of the waves of reform so far has.
The current system is biased in favor of large government and complex taxes not because liberals rule, but because complex taxes and invasive government are very efficient ways in which to inspire campaign contributions. The Right will have no fair shot at getting a smaller government or simpler taxes so long as the opposite is a surer path to funding congressional campaigns.
There should be no conflict between the Left and the Right on this: Both sides should favor reform that ends this corrupting influence. We don’t need to destroy wealth. We need to destroy the ability of wealth to corrupt our politics. We don’t need to kill capitalism. We need to kill that form of capitalism—crony capitalism—that uses its power to corrupt our politics.
So what would fix it? What change would end this debilitating dependence, this obvious corruption? Understand the source and you understand the solution. The source of this corruption is a Congress that is responsive to its funders but whose funders are not the People. The remedy is to change that source by making the funders “the People.” We can achieve that remedy by changing the way campaigns are funded.