Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption part1 CongressTalk begins at about 14 minutes:
1. Those in power could care less who gets the votes, so long as they can choose the candidates.
2. Those in power, in the USA, spend upwards of 30% of their time in office conferring with their financial backers.
3. 0.05 % of Americans have enough money or power to influence the choice of candidates.
4. Most corruption is not illegal, and quite probably wasn't planned. The domination of choosing who becomes candidates by the very rich has evolved, along with extreme wealth in the hands of the few, because it hasn't been challenged ... until now.
5. The common corruption in USA in government is an improper dependence of those in power on the source of their funds.
6. A polarised (Republican v Democrat) 2 party system; BOTH of which have funded representatives that can VETO laws they don't like makes a mockery of alleged democracy.
7. In 2014, 7% of American citizens have confidence in congress. An all-time low. Enjoy!
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