11 a.m., November 4, 2018
Lawrence Lessig III is a distinguished American academic, attorney, and political activist. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Equal Citizens Foundation (https://equalcitizens.us/).
The first video is a TED Talk (see http://www.ted.com) from 2013 entitled “We the People, and the Republic we much reclaim” (18 minutes, https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim). Here is the description of the first video:
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.
The second video is a YouTube video entitled “Lawrence Lessig: What Maine Can Teach” (14 minutes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3H6yswvPwg). It can be shown under the Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode). It presents Lawrence Lessig’s keynote address at the “Get Money Out of Politics Summit” at the University of Southern Maine on April 7th, 2018.
There will then be a general discussion of the content of the two videos by audience members.
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