Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig has a new article in The Nation entitled “How to Get Our Democracy Back.” In the piece he challenges both the Right and the Left on the ineffective means to create real change in this country. Attempts to shrink government by conservatives or to reform government by liberals have been useless because the underlining problem has not been addressed: the power of corporate lobbies that control policy.
In an earlier post (see: The Shadow of Scientific Opinion) I quoted the education reformer and philosopher John Dewey:
[P]olitics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.
There is a growing consensus by both sides of the political spectrum that our current governmental system is broken. By taking this dirty money out of Congress it would do far more for democracy than mere reforms or reducing the size of government could ever accomplish. For more see FixCongressFirst.org.