Posted 1 year ago on June 22, 2013, 9:11 p.m. EST by bensdad
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I don’t think anyone would disagree with Lessig’s economic-political expertise – certainly at the peak with Lawrence O’Donnell, Tom Hartmann, and Jim Hightower and Kieth Olbermann. One of his key issues is the corrupting influence of money on our political system – capitalism controls democracy.
Most of the advocates for resolving this favor a constitutional amendment ( especially the new HJR29) that has a combination of overturning the SCOTUS decisions - that money is speech (Buckley) and corporations are people (Citizens United). The biggest roadblock to this solution ( beyond the corporatist obstructionists ) is the numbers – an amendment requires 2/3 of the House & Senate & ¾ of the state legislatures. The advantages of the amendment approach is the vast EXISTING support at the citizen level, the local level, the state level, and the federal level.
See ows site: http://corporationsarenotpeople.webuda.com
for 40+ documents and 70+ videos.
Lessig addresses the amendment approach problem by proposing – in an extraordinarily complex plan ( that is only introduced on Moyers ) – by ordinary federal legislation that would give every citizen a $50 voucher to give to candidates who refuse any other kind of funding. The downside to his plan is not only the almost inscrutable nature of the plan’s details, but the fact nothing like this has been proposed in any legislature. Like so many ideas put forward by the brightest of us – they can work on paper and not in reality.