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  •  Oh,the irony.Goldman Sachs sponsors this TED Talk (14+ / 0-)

    Arguably, they and their executives have been the biggest contributors-- and the biggest beneficiaries-- of the present, rigged system.

    •  Because Lessig is clueless and a distraction. nt. (0+ / 0-)
      •  it's possible, but certainly you'll have to expand (2+ / 0-)
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        on that statement.

        just making the statement is not particularly convincing.

        big badda boom : GRB 090423

        by squarewheel on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:38:02 AM PDT

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        •  Another comment below gives the links, (0+ / 0-)

          but one needs correcting. The single issue voters movement article is here. In short, potential amendments now cue up every year the Roberts court makes a new decision offensive to the constitution. I could think of a few I'd like. But nothing is wrong with the first amendment, a lot is wrong with the Roberts court. An amendment is a fool's errand. This is a powers crisis, where the unelected GOP court has taken control of our elected but supine Congress. Congress has powers at Art 1 and Art 3 to deal with this crisis but is gridlocked. An amendment about corporate personhood is entirely beside the point, and any amendment gives the Court a new jurisdictional boundary in the separation of powers. The attempt to revamp the Constitution by amendments is by people who don't trust what the constitution already says to do, use checks and balances against the court, which lawyers are indoctrinated to abhor.

      •  Tell me why I should not HR this clueless (2+ / 0-)
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        and contentless attempt at distraction.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:45:45 AM PDT

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        •  I wouldn't say he's clueless (3+ / 0-)
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          but TED is by and for the elite.  The real problem isn't that their big money is tainting the republic, it is that we allow them to cheat and steal their way to such obscenely huge wealth in the first place.  Their wealth is built on the toil of thousands who haven't seen a real wage increase in decades despite massively increasing productivity and profits.

        •  Read the follow up and another comment below (1+ / 0-)
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          which seemed more than enough with the links. But point taken. If you're not a lawyer this is going to take something from you, and if you are a lawyer it's going to take something from you. If you study the constitution you know that that system ended in 2006. We saw this before when Dred Scott made slavery national, leading to a civil war. At that time people thought the North should adopt slavery to save the Union. Lessig's remedies are similarly inconsistent with the constitution.  

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