November 4

Power and Influence

Sunday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Raging Cronyism

The American political system is broken, and people know it. Harvard professor Larry Lessig has an idea of how to fix it, a solution he says is tailored to appeal to people across the political spectrum. If you are liberal or a libertarian, no one likes corruption.

So what kind of corruption are we talking about? Legal, institutional corruption that enables a small group of people exert influence that conflicts with the public good. Moreover, special interests have so much influence on how Washington functions that the possibility for reform is highly unlikely.

Lessig, for one, is undaunted in his crusade to change the system. If you love your country, he says, you won't give up either. 

  1. 1 Larry Lessig: End Raging Cronyism...
  2. 2 Truth Doesn’t Trump Corruption
  3. 3 Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Power Co...
  4. 4 American Democracy: You Have to ...
   
  1. Larry Lessig: End Raging Cronyism, Save Our Republic

    Larry Lessig: End Raging Cronyism, Save Our Republic

    A higher percentage of Americans believed in the British crown in 1776 than the percentage of Americans who trust Congress today. Larry Lessig has an idea to change all of that.   

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  2. Truth Doesn’t Trump Corruption

    Truth Doesn’t Trump Corruption

    “I realized being in the jungle that what I had thought I could do—changing the way politics were being done in Colombia—was not possible the way I wanted to do it, by confronting, by denouncing,” she says.

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  3. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Power Corrupts, Corruption Empowers

    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Power Corrupts, Corruption Empowers

    In The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita nakedly examines the (often ugly) means by which people are able to gain and keep power.

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  4. American Democracy: You Have to be THIS RICH to Ride This Ride

    American Democracy:  You Have to be THIS RICH to Ride This Ride

    Just as Visa offers different perks of membership to its platinum and gold cardholders, so could the government to its citizens, based on wealth.

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