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How to Make Americans Care About Money Corrupting Politics

How to Make Americans Care About Money Corrupting Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A walk across New Hampshire showed that citizens don't just hate the current system—they're willing to act. The trick is creating a true grassroots movement.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

LAWRENCE LESSIG JAN 31 2014, 10:41 AM ET

As we started the 185-mile trek from Dixville Notch to Nashua, there were certain things that I knew.

I knew that our system of government had become corrupt. That the system—not necessarily any individuals, but all the individuals together—had been contorted into a shape that makes it impossible for government to address even the most fundamental and important issues sensibly.

I knew this in the way that any academic knows anything: I had studied it, across history and in its current form. I had seen numbers that captured its contours. I had spoken to people who had participated in it, both now and before it had metastasized. I knew it and believed it, and believed passionately that we have to find a way to bring more people into a movement to end it.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 12, 10:45 PM

LAWRENCE LESSIG JAN 31 2014, 10:41 AM ET

As we started the 185-mile trek from Dixville Notch to Nashua, there were certain things that I knew.

I knew that our system of government had become corrupt. That the system—not necessarily any individuals, but all the individuals together—had been contorted into a shape that makes it impossible for government to address even the most fundamental and important issues sensibly.

I knew this in the way that any academic knows anything: I had studied it, across history and in its current form. I had seen numbers that captured its contours. I had spoken to people who had participated in it, both now and before it had metastasized. I knew it and believed it, and believed passionately that we have to find a way to bring more people into a movement to end it.

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Marchers follow in the footsteps of Granny D to promote campaign finance reform

Published Date: Friday, 17 January 2014 04:25

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — A hearty band of a few dozen souls, on a 185-mile anti-corruption march from Dixville Notch to Nashua, stopped at the Eastern Slope Inn recently to make their case for campaign finance reform.
The march, called the New Hampshire Rebellion, is led by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig who was inspired by New Hampshire icon and campaign finance reform activist "Granny D." The late Monadnock region resident, Doris Haddock, at the age of 88, famously walked across the country in 1999 to call attention to the issue. In the 2000 presidential primary, then candidate John McCain (R-Arizona) made an issue of corruption and won the state. New Hampshire has the first Presidential Primary and a large block of politically educated and independent voters.

Coffee Party USA's insight:

A well-written and in-depth piece reminiscent of what newspaper journalism once was and ought to be again. Leave it to a small town newspaper reporter to do it well and to get it right.

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