Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It

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  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Nature of This Disease
    1. Good Souls, Corrupted.
    2. Good Questions, Raised
    3. 1 + 1 =
  • Part 2: Tells
    1. Why Don’t We Have Free Markets?
    2. Why Don’t We Have Efficient Markets?
    3. Why Don’t We Have Successful Schools?
    4. Why Isn’t Our Financial System Safe?
      • “Where Were the Regulators?”
    5. What the “Tells” Tell Us
  • Part 3: Beyond Suspicion: Congress’s Corruption
    1. Why So Damn Much Money
      • Demand for Campaign Cash
      • Supply of Campaign Cash: Substance
      • Supply of Campaign Cash: New Norms
      • Supply of Campaign Cash: New Suppliers
      • Economies, Gift and Otherwise
    2. What So Damn Much Money Does
      • A Baseline of Independence
      • Deviations from a Baseline
        1. It Matters Not at All
        2. Distraction
        3. Distortion
        4. Trust
    3. How So Damn Much Money Defeats the Left
    4. How So Damn Much Money Defeats the Right
      1. Making Government Small
      2. Simple Taxes
      3. Keeping Markets Efficient
    5. How So Little Money Makes Things Worse
      • The Ways We Pay Congress
      • The Benefits of Working for Members
    6. Two Conceptions of “Corruption”
  • Part 4: Solutions
    1. Reforms That Won’t
      • The Incompleteness of Transparency
      • The (Practical) Ineffectiveness of Anonymity
    2. Reforms That Would
      • The Grant and Franklin Project
    3. Strategy 1: The Conventional Game
    4. Strategy 2: An Unconventional (Primary) Game
    5. Strategy 3: An Unconventional Presidential Game
    6. Strategy 4: The Convention Game
    7. Choosing Strategies
    8. Conclusion: Rich People
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix: What You Can Do, Now
  • Notes
  • Index
Lawrence Lessig

by Robert Scoble

About the Author

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.