TED | Reclaiming the American Republic from the corruption of election funding

April 3, 2013

(Credit: Lawrence Lessig/TED)

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens

That’s the argument at the core of a new just-posted TED talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig (video below).

(Credit: Lawrence Lessig/TED)

“He shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond,” says TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The U.S.’ broken political system.

TED is also introducing a media innovation, simultaneously launching a TED-talk video and accompanying TED Book. LESTERLAND: The Corruption of Congress and How To End It, which outlines the path to a solution in much greater detail.