On the need for political finance reform…
I wanted to highlight a TED-Talk given recently by Lawrence Lessig, which Mad Rocket Scientist forwarded to me this afternoon.
Many of you probably know Lessig from his work with technology use and copyright reform, but here he tackles the need for overhauling our political financing system. Along the way he makes a compelling case for how, under the current system, the federally elected officials who run our country are really chosen by a few hundred people to act in those people’s interests. He makes a similarly compelling argument that no matter where your political passions lie – be they fiscal conservatism, human rights, environmentalism, or anything else – they cannot be achieved until real and substantial political finance reforms are made.
There isn’t much here that will be new to anyone that regularly reads the League, but it might be the best and most persuasive distillation I have seen on the subject.
I know the natural instinct here at the League is to mock people who give TED-Talks, regardless of person, message or content, but I’d encourage everyone to watch it anyway.
The video is after the jump.