Although I have not personally had the chance to read “Republic, Lost” yet, I have written in the past about my admiration of Lawrence Lessig’s work on money in politics. His observations, logic and legal reasoning concerning the corrosive and corrupting effect of money in politics closely mirror my own. Rather than the often partisan scree of some analysts, Lessig favors a rational root cause analysis that does not rely on ideological polemic to make his points.
Mr. Lessig and his publisher, Twelve Books, have made “Republic, Lost” available in both .pdf and epub formats under the Creative Commons license. You can download it in either format at Lessig.org and we are making it available in the FFS Library in .pdf format (as always, free of charge). However, if you enjoy Mr. Lessig’s writing and insights as much as I do, you’ll probably want to buy a hard copy. It is available at IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
In addition to clerking for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
Kudos to Anonymously Yours for bringing this to our attention.
Editor-in-Chief, Flowers for Socrates