This review is from: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It (Hardcover)
Lawrence Lessig has written a timely book for anyone who is concerned with the state of Our Union. There is no way around it, the subject matter is depressing. Our Country is in a bad way and most regular Americans are not really sure what to do about it. This book is a good place to start. Not only do you get a clear understanding of the major problems with excellent historical context, you get suggestions on how to effect change. This book which clearly articulates a problem and then offers solutions resolves the depressing aspect. There are things all Citizens can do, starting today. The book offers suggestions on how to begin with many resources and links. Whatever level your time, energy and resources allow, You will be able to do something to help. Do not be put off by the enormity of the problem. At this point our only choices are to accept our broken, corporate controlled government or as Americans Citizens have done at critical times in our history stand up and remind others that our Republic is responsible to "The People" alone. This is not a Liberal or Conservative issue. This is not even the 99% vs the 1%, although the 99% are suffering more from the current state of Our Union. I found this book to be an easy and enjoyable read despite the serious subject matter. I strongly encourage everyone to read this important book. As one of the 99% we have to do something. This is a great place to start
Just finished reading this book. Felt the need to share my review with my Spark Friends.
Thanks for the review. Like it or not, we do have serious problems. This sounds like a book that will offer suggestions for the ordinary citizen to do a bit to help out. Have a lovely day! 3477 days ago
I see the low end of the society every day... I am a caseworker for the State of Missouri and determine eligibility for food stamps, temporary assistance, medicaid and other programs. We can not keep up with the volume of work, it is overwhelming and there is no money to hire more workers.
The state workers have actually been losing out on benefits over the last couple years... no pay raises for 6 years, our health insurance keeps doubling every year with less & less coverage. Overall the economy sucks and no one seems to helping it a bit. 3477 days ago
I think all too often we want to vilify corporations and we cannot go on blaming them for everything. It is the card being played now and I am sick of the class warfare and spreading the wealth theory. They will come after middle class strong once they have set an amount that is interpreted as wealthy. $250,000 is NOT a lot of money for a small business. I do not like what I see going on and you cannot get an objective view from any of the news channels and AP articles are extremely biased, but most people don't know how to sift through the garbage, they take everything as fact. I can tell you horror stories of the supposedly poor. Many live better than I do and I work 10 hours a day if I'm lucky. 3478 days ago