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Video: Voting on the Merits

Recent Power Point presentation by Lawrence Lessig on the necessity of removing the corrupting influence of money from politics. Lessig artfully demonstrates how the system is broken and so makes the distinction that it is our Congress that is corrupt, not necessarily the people who are in office.

Voting On the Merits
Lawrence Lessig, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Fix Congress First is currently the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.

This is an incredibly skillful and at times humorous presentation concerning the greatest threat to our Democracy.
Lessig begins his presentation with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." This is a theme that is woven throughout his talk.
Another recurring theme is that of citizens voting on the merits of and issue or candidate, as opposed to being inundated by shallow ads and deep pocketed lobbyist whose function is to thwart, rather than insure, the optimum operation of our Democracy.

With numerous examples and anecdotes, Lessig illustrates clearly and plainly the corrupt conditions prevalent in our political system.

Lessig was in Portland to support Measure 26-108, the Voter Owned Elections measure currently on the ballot.

Video is about 34 minutes in length.

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