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In Praise of Tea

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

The Tea Party is right to push to abolish earmarks from Congress, and the defenders of the status quo are either deceivers, or just plain dumb.

Lucia Graves

Public Funding Of Congressional Campaigns Widely Favored

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Voters in battleground districts strongly favor legislation that would let congressional campaigns be funded by the public, according to a new survey ...

A Letter to FixCongressFirst.Org: Where We Are, Where We're Going

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

In many respects, the Tea Party is no different from many of us on the Left. No doubt, we don't have common ends. But we do have a common enemy. And we need to find a way to push a common movement that defeats it.

Neo-Progressives

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It seems that just about every hundred years or so, the body politic we call America swells with fever as it fights off a democracy-destroying disease. That disease is "Special Interest Government".

On the Rage of Gibbs

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been slapped around silly by commentator after commentator, decrying his anti-Lefty rage. But as I read the battle, it seems to miss a pretty fundamental point.

Adding Pathetic to Puny: On Why We're Joining Others to Oppose the DISCLOSE Act

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Pathetic and puny victories are defeats, not victories. And they are certainly not the sort of resolve that will convince anyone that "change" has come to Washington. Not even those who thought they were already convinced.

Bogus Polls and Misinformation Fuel Unrest and Discontent

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

50% don't think President Obama deserves re-election 65% think most members of Congress don't deserve re-election 28% say they support anti-big govern...

"A Dose of Realism"? How About This for "Realism": We Need Leadership

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Somehow Obama has been convinced that his promise of bold leadership was a mistake. Yet somehow we have got to get this president to recognize that it was the "realism" of 2009 that was his mistake.

The Democrats' Response to Citizens United: Not (Even Close to) Good Enough

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

What have the Democrats proposed? A handful of puny measures, none which will come close to addressing this growing corruption of democracy in America.

Remembering August

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

It would be great if senators listened to all the polls the left likes to cite when defending the public option. I suppose polls are hard to pay attention to when August is still vivid in your mind.

Plain Sight Corruption: Senator Burr and Rape Victims

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Richard Burr is one of the senators who voted against the Franken Amendment. He and other members of Congress have got to wake up to the fact that most Americans don't trust them.

Moving From Lack to Hope

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

Frances Moore Lappé is a humorous, energetic dynamo. She's a democracy advocate, as well as a world food and hunger expert. Her Grand Junction speech was titled, "Getting a Grip on Democracy."

Progressive Groups Buck Obama, Keep Up Health Care Attack Ads

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama may have issued a private demand that groups allied with the White House stop hammering moderate Democratic Senators with health care ...

Just Say NO to Fundraising Requests from Politicians

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It's that time of the year again. Every quarter, just as the FEC reporting deadlines approach, politicians go on a mad scramble for last-minute donations.

Some Victory Against Ben Nelson -- Who is Next?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Ben Nelson probably hates us right now -- or at least me. But that's OK, it was worth it. Here's what happened.

Senator Ben Nelson Is Angry (Second in a Series)

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

A new report that claims Nelson received $2 million from insurance and health care interests leads the public to wonder whether it is the merits or the money that is driving his decisions.

Banks Think They "Own" Congress? Wrong -- We're Taking Congress Back

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

If you think special-interest influence in Congress perverts our public policy, last week saw an outrage that vindicates that belief entirely.

Dirty Energy and Dirty Money are Poisoning American Politics

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

The American people can see through the shell game the DSCC is playing. One day of doing the right thing does little to make up for 364 days of being beholden to specials interests.

Profiles in Bad Online Organizing: Part 1 (DSCC)

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Green

Every activist email must have a plausible "theory of change." People should see some concrete theory about why taking action could lead to a desired result.

Durbin: "If you even knew how much time we spend raising money..."

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

For years, financial institutions like Bank of America and AIG donated millions to the very people who were supposed to regulate them. The result is obvious.

A Reply to Congressman Conyers

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is time that Congress take responsibility for the cynicism this system has produced. It is not enough for good souls to insist on their goodness. A good soul must act to change a corrupted system.

John Conyers, It's Time to Speak Up

Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen

Conyers' proposed ban on "open access publishing" is the darling of the publishing industry because it would force the public to buy for-profit journals to get information that would otherwise be online for free.

Is John Conyers Shilling for Special Interests?

Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen

Conyers is leading a proposal to forbid the government from requiring scientists who receive taxpayer funds for medical research to publish their findings openly on the Internet.

Special Interests Prepare to Derail Obama Agenda

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

While lobbying alone is not evil, the combination of special interest lobbyists and their ability to legally funnel millions into political campaigns is toxic.

Daschle's Situation, and the Small-Dollar Solution

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

Like many decent people, Daschle got caught in a bad system that is so corrupted by money it hardly matters whether the money is from good people with good intentions or bad people with bad intentions.