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Zach Carter

Family: Pioneering Internet Activist's Suicide 'A Product Of Prosecutorial Overreach' | Zach Carter | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouri...

Paul Blumenthal

Top Dogs In Campaign Finance Reform Throw Down | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a money-in-politics conference at UCLA on Saturday, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, a leading critic of privately funded elect...

Lawrence Lessig Talks Political Donations On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

Not all political donations can be traced. Lawrence Lessig joined Alicia Menendez on HuffPost Live as part of HuffPost's Shadow Conventions 2012 cover...

6 Expert-Recommended Books About Money In Politics

Posted 08.30.2012 | Books

It's no secret that lots of money can easily corrupt politics. But it's also easy to get confused about their relationship. How much is it okay to...

On the Resurgence of Occupy Wall Street: Five Must-Read Books

Joe Winkler | Posted 07.15.2012 | Books
Joe Winkler

Not only do mainstream outlets simply disregard or grossly simplify important events and ideas in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they also neglect to mention the publication of important books that clarify, criticize, buttress, and provide a holistic view of the movement.

How The Internet Has Made Art Better

Posted 03.26.2012 | Home

We've written before about PBS' OffBook web show, a bi-monthly video series devoted to "cutting edge arts." The show has a tendency to preach to a cho...

Abramoff Says He's Still Capable Of Making Millions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Jack Abramoff is sitting in a Starbucks just south of Dupont Circle. He is not wearing his infamous black hat. Or any hat at all. He...

Antonin Scalia and Political Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.01.2012 | College
Michael Roth

We should not welcome those who cannot tolerate difference, those whose views close down thinking and social interaction. But we should welcome dissent.

Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform: Overturning Citizens United Isn't Enough

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.

Fixing Congress and Finding Peace: An Interview With Jack Abramoff

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

I liked him. And I wasn't alone -- not even close. Here was a guy who'd been about as bad as you can be with a tie on, and he seemed to have come around. Sure, it had taken prison to get him there, but so what?

With Republic, Lost, Lawrence Lessig Takes Center Stage

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
John Wellington Ennis

In this pivotal year of public uproar over the consequences of money in politics, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig has attracted considerably more attention to his work in devising a constitutional road map for reform.

You Just Got a Kindle or Nook -- Now What? 5 Books and Apps to Try Now!

Andy Wilson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Books
Andy Wilson

The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are amazing gadgets, not to mention their e-ink black and white cousins and the various other tablets and the iPad. But now that they're out of the box, what to do with them?

Why Dylan Ratigan's "Get Money Out" Campaign Gets it Right

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

To understand why Dylan Ratigan's "Get Money Out" campaign is getting it right, let's take a quick look at the history of Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.

A Reply to the @EdgeofSports: Who Exactly Are the 99%?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Those who see the Occupy movement as a movement of the Left need to tell me how calling people you disagree with "racists" is going to get us the super majority it takes to make any fundamental changes in this country, under this broken political system.

What Distinguishes Occupy Wall Street From the Tea Party? Follow the Money

Asher Smith | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Similarities between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street certainly exist on a micro level -- but they are hardly big-picture.

Arin Greenwood

Harvard Professor: Occupy Movement Should Join Forces With Tea Party | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig urged OccupyDC protesters to join forces with the Tea Party Tuesday evening during a teach-in with...

The Krugman/Stiglitz Army Is on the March (and It's Too Late for Michael Bloomberg to Stop It)

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.

Dan Froomkin

Lawrence Lessig's New Book On Political Corruption Offers Protesters A Possible Manifesto | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

The protesters occupying Wall Street have been famously without a formal manifesto. But if they wanted one, firebrand Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessi...

#OccupyWallSt, Then #OccupyKSt, Then #OccupyMainSt

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is way too early, and perhaps even a bit crazy, to see an American Spring in the growing protests on Wall Street. Yet. But there is no doubt that if there is one place in America that these protests should begin, it is there, and it is now.

Report from the Conference on the Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Most Americans can surely agree that Congress, as much as possible, should be unconstrained by incentives that compel it to behave differently than would a representative sample of Americans, coming together to try to do what's best for our country.

Who Is Influencing Obama's Budget Proposal? Follow the Funders

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Johnson

The president seems content to conform to the prevailing suspicion of government. And that suits many in the top three percent of the wealth distribution just fine.

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.

Michael Moore, Like Obama, Is Also Guilty of Being too Soft

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Keiser

Copyright abuse is the biggest threat we face. Locking up our ideas on corporate balance sheets and cutting us off from our intellectual and creative birth right is tantamount to performing a species wide lobotomy.

The "Imbecile" and "Moron" Responds: On the Freedoms of Remix Creators

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We need an anti-moron norm: If something sounds crazy, assume its not. Assume you've missed something, and check again. If after reading and trying to understand the issue and the person more, you still think its crazy, go slow.

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.