The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal. VIA The New York Times
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labora and visiting professor at the UC, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, talks about the inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States and asks his audience to speculate on what will happen if these trends continue.
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim
There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.
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