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This Stanford Life: The Internet Age Meets The Gilded Age

Publication Date: 
July 31, 2008
The Stanford Daily
Paul Craft

Professor Lawrence Lessig Is the subject of a Stanford Daily article about his grassroots effort to change Congress:

Lessig wants to use the Internet's free-flow of information to increase transparency and social networking to mobilize interest in the issue. Change Congress serves as a central point for several tactics to meet. He has a slew of ideas: a wiki that will document cases of government corruption, a web resource that tracks donations, meetings and votes so that citizens can see special interest influence and more. Most importantly, he wants to enhance the profile of the work that has already been put into the issue of political corruption, like that done by the Sunshine Foundation and


Lessig openly declares himself to be "a liberal Democrat," but his personal history and views are more complex than just that. For instance, Lessing has a sparkling free trade record, economics and management degrees from the Wharton School and a law degree from the right-leaning University of Chicago Law School. He even clerked for conservative judges Justice Antonin Scalia and Richard Posner. The net effect is an alignment of liberal and libertarian ideas--a less invasive, smaller and more efficient federal government less beholden to a few rich individuals.


Lessig ... has said, money in American politics is "not a problem on the margins, but right at the core."