By Christopher Hayes. Lessig is now determined to fight the influence of money in politics, a possibly Quixotic quest. Whether you think his program is either possible or desirable is a major question of politics. Excerpt:
"There’s a speech that Reagan gives in
1965," Lessig says, "where he talks about how democracy always fails
because once the people recognize they can vote themselves largess, they
just vote themselves largess and the fiscal policy is destroyed. Well,
Reagan had it half-right. It’s not as if it’s the poor out there who
have figured out how to suck the money out of the rich. It’s exactly the
other way around."