Friday, December 27, 2013

"Not as an academic, as a citizen"... and "both sides get blocked"

(FYI There are important updates on this week's moves regarding accreditation for CCSF, see: KTVU, abclocal, and SF Chron.)
Wanted to give this its own space/post as a year in review item:
At Berkeley Law: Professor Lawrence Lessig on "The Corrupting Influence of Money on Politics."

The Thomas M. Jorde Symposium is an annual event co-sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The symposium addresses issues of constitutional law, representative democracy, and governance. On January 29, 2013, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig presented a lecture at Berkeley Law on "The Corrupting Influence of Money on Politics."

Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a Harvard Law professor. Lessig previously taught at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law Schools, where he founded Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. He is known for his academic work on law and technology, especially copyright law in the digital age. He has currently focused his scholarship on the question of "institutional corruption," as an influence on the economy and the public trust.
(the freeze frame has a pic of Souter - but it is a Lessig lecture)
Description: Powerpoint slides and audio for the 2013 Thomas M. Jorde Symposium

How the problem is about more than just money is speech and corporations are people. And, he mentions several groups - examples of exopolitics: in 1998
tea party patriots in 2009
occupy in 2011
SOPA related activists in 2012

He throws many other groups into the mix too
Multiple links to organizations - some links listed here for your convenience:!/
grassroots democracy act
center for deliberative democracy
california forward

the Ackerman book Voting with Dollars
and Republic, Lost Lessig's book

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