Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It
But NOT quid pro quo (e.g. cash in a brown bag under the table to a Senator) corruption.
Professor Lessig uses "Lesterland" to illustrate a second type of corruption: "dependence corruption". Lesterland is like the U.S., a representative democracy. In Lesterland elections, there is first a primary in which only people named "Lester" can vote; Lesters constitute .05% of the population. After this "Lester primary", th ...more
"Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress And How to End It" is a compelling plea for action. It's a concise explanation on the nature of corruption in Congress today, and what we can do as citizens to correct it.
Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Lawrence Lessig provides the readers with a very good complementary piece to his TED Talk on this very important topic. This provocative 102-page book include ...more
As a non-US citizen living outside the US I have come to feel that crony corruption is a global problem. Professor Lawrence Lessig could easily replace "Le$terland" with most ...more
“Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It” by Lawrence Lessig was my first TED e-book. While the book starts off very, very slowly with a much belabored (to the point of almost making me give up on the book after only 40 pages) comparison of ‘Lesterland’ and the United States. I actually found myself talking back to my Nook‘YES, I GET IT, COULD WE PLEASE MOVE ON?’ Happily the work does eventually take off and readers who stick with it will, once Lessig gets into the meat of his p...more
Said even shorter, this book ...more
Interesting to read this whilst the Labour Party in the UK have been going through their leadership election and contrasting the U.S. process with how U.K. political parties end up with candidates for the general election.
I listened to the audio ...more
He explains the corruption of the American government step-by-step, illustrates how it affects every person equally, regardless of ideology, how it makes us all paralyzed and unable to do anything about changing politics.. and how we can get around all that and actually do something.
He is a director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of law at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoi ...more