Is Our System Corrupt?

One reason that recent court cases have been decided as they have is that the Justices try to draw a direct line between any action and actual or perceived corruption.  Reading their arguments, we find that they cannot discern such connections.  And yet common sense tells most Americans that the system has indeed become corrupt.

For those of you who get weary of reading here are two links to video and audio content, respectively.

The first video is a lecture given recently in San Francisco by Lawrence Lessig.  Lessig, the author of “Republic, Lost,” is truly intimate with the full depth of the problem as seen from many perspectives.  This is admittedly long-ish content, but if you need a few visits to the video get it all, it’s worth it.

http://fora.tv/2012/01/17/How_Money_Corrupts_Congress_and_a_Plan_to_Stop_It

The second linked content is a multipart edition of “The American Life” on NPR.  Here we see what endemic corruption looks like.  It’s not quid-pro-quo – not strictly.  It’s a form of corruption running so deep that most everyone is just swimming-to-survive at this point.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/461/take-the-money-and-run-for-office

One response

  1. Mark,

    I’m a/the most recently enlisted community co-ordinator. first, Cranford; next, Union Co.

    One thing i’ve noticed about our email is there are a number of useful links which we should be recording. This would be a good place. Also, in some sort of RSS fashion, we should track things like democracyisforpeople.org, e.g.

    Cheers,
    -=*+* Marty
    p.s. while i’m “retired”, i’m also on the roster at Union Co College as instructor of “Continuing Ed – Web Development”

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