Government

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

— Mark Twain

As I watched the latest meltdown from the latest cabinet confirmations I can’t help but think that Mark Twain may have been on to something in his assessment of people who run for political office.

It has been obvious to me for a long time that congress is broken. I couldn’t quite articulate exactly how I thought it was broken but I knew something was wrong. And then I discovered Lawrence Lessig’s latest mission. Partnering with Joe Trippi, he is determined to change congress. He makes a powerful case that lobbying and special interests have eroded the very foundations of the constitution.

Through the magic of podcasts I have heard him speak on the subject on two occasions and I concur with his diagnosis. The best of his talks was titled Coding Against Corruption. He opens with three brilliant examples showing how big money yields undue influence resulting in absurd and corrupt decisions by congress. He then goes on to make a great case that we can change the way the system works.

Lessig is a masterful speaker and presenter. The rhythm and pace of his presentations are mesmerizing. His subject matter insightful and profound. Give a listen to Coding Against Corruption. It will be an hour well spent. It will change the way you think about congress.

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