A Republic If You Can Keep It

Loyal readers know that libertyPell tries hard not to ask for too much of your time. Think of drinking frozen orange juice without adding water. Here’s hoping you are not thinking the opposite.

It is very unusual to ask you for 18 minutes — 10 times the normal commitment — but sometimes it is worth it.

Please click and think. This Ted Talk is both well considered and well presented.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

2 Responses to “A Republic If You Can Keep It”

Lessig and Pell » James G. Blaine, April 08, 2013 at 5:34 am said:

[…] night Haven’s blog showed up in my inbox. It was short, because we are conscious that our “free” posts demand your […]

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Haven Pell, April 08, 2013 at 5:38 am said:

Thank you Jamie. Here is the full text of your comment above.

To other readers, Jamie’s recounting of our history is accurate.

James G. Blaine has posted a new item, ‘Lessig and Pell’

When Haven Pell stopped by my house a month or so ago, we had not seen each
other in 50 years. We had become friends at the age of four, and one year for
his birthday, Haven’s mother took us to the Howdy Doody show in New York,
where we sat in the legendary Peanut Gallery. We met again this winter because
Haven had discovered that we were both “sunset” bloggers, who were
interested in thinking about and sharing what we had observed over the years.
Our perspectives and our politics are different, but we both believe that
something has gone seriously wrong in Washington, and we want, not just to point
out the obvious, but to work for change. It is how we try to avoid
self-indulgence.

Last night Haven’s blog showed up in my inbox. It was short, because we are
conscious that our “free” posts demand your valuable time, and we don’t
want to abuse it. So he just urged readers to watch Lawrence Lessig’s TED talk
on the financing of federal politics. I beg you to do the same. Here is where
this country’s growing wealth disparity, the Citizens United case, and
feckless career politicians combine to threaten our republic.

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