Tagged: corruption

Lawrence Lessig: “Republic Lost”

Our greatest enemy isn’t radical Islam, climate change, or pugnacious Canadians. It’s corruption. In his infuriating yet somehow optimistic blockbuster “Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It,” law professor Lawrence Lessig outlines the nauseating rot within our Capitol, stripping away¬†political pretensions and telling it the way it is. If...

Corruption

EXCERPTED FROM “How The Revolution Started: Essays & Impertinent Thoughts “(Eggy Press). Our dwindling reserve of human kindness and compassion, diluted and poisoned by nearly constant assault from the corroding force of cruelty, still becomes inflamed by the fuel of outrage when we receive reports of foul play, endemic unfairness, and rank injustice motivated by...

Transparency

Julian Assange says WikiLeaks is meant to promote it. The Obama Administration refused to demand it of the Egyptian regime. And John Boehner doesn’t think the American public wants it, at least not if it involves C-SPAN cameras in the House Chambers. Transparency is the word (and concept) presently on everyone’s mind. How demoralizing to...

County Accountability

As far as nasty and unfair-to-the-minority generalizations go, the assertion that “all politicians are venal, corrupt power addicts” is a pretty safe one. Because almost everyone, including the politicians, know that it has some basis in fact. Indeed, an entire oxymoronic political movement, the Tea Party, has been built recently around the simplistic assumption that...

The Shame

Mark Foley, the Florida congressman who abruptly resigned his seat in the House of Representatives on Friday after sexually suggestive e-mail and instant messages with a 16-year-old male former congressional page became public, has — predictably — entered an alcohol treatment facility and has said how sorry he is for the harm he has caused....