They Don't Represent Us

They Don't Represent Us

Reclaiming Our Democracy

Book - 2019
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"America’s democracy is in crisis. Along many dimensions, a single flaw—unrepresentativeness—has detached our government from the people. And as a people, our fractured partisanship and ignorance on critical issues drive our leaders to stake out ever more extreme positions. In [this book], Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig charts the way in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy, including our media, respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry. But the blame does not only lie with “them”—Washington’s politicians and power brokers, Lessig argues. The problem is also “us.” “We the people” are increasingly uninformed about the issues, while ubiquitous political polling exacerbates the problem, reflecting and normalizing our ignorance and feeding it back into the system as representative of our will"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062945716
0062945718
Branch Call Number: JK1726 .L48 2019
320.973 Lessig
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Sep 18, 2019

I haven't read this book and probably won't because Lessig has spoken too many times before the Federalist Society, given an amicus curaie on behalf of the owner of the WTC Twin Towers' owner before their collapse, and I heard him speak at a City Club forum one time - - I normally don't attend those as they are Wall Street-oriented and quite expensive to attend, but a fellow worker gave me a free ticket and Lessig was the speaker - - he sounded really like a hardcore Wall Street type, catching me by surprise?

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GeneralAmerica
Aug 28, 2019

Please do not ignore the FACT that the worst offenders of gerrymandering are the Republicans. They also are ones who have lost the popular vote twice in presidential races. When the Republicans controlled congress - they only represented 40% of the population. Something is wrong - and it is NOT the democrats. There are bad apples in both parties - but the Republicans have the VAST majority.

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