Panel Discussion on Corruption
Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, and Janine Wedel, author of Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security, talked about curbing corruption. They spoke at the New America Foundation in New York City.479 views
Citizens United Decision and Future Campaign Finance Laws
Political scholars examined the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision on recent elections. They also responded to questions from the audience.401 views
This was the second panel of a Cato Institute forum on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.
Costs of HIV/AIDS Medicines
Witnesses testified on the cost of HIV/AIDS medications and monopolies created in the HIV/AIDS drugs market. The focus was particularly on Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bill that, if approved, would lower cost, increase access, eliminate legal barriers to generic competition, and create an annual $3 billion prize for HIV/AIDS drug research.920 views
Jack Abramoff on Political Corruption
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff talked about government corruption. In 2006 Mr. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. He is the author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist. He was interviewed by Lawrence Lessig and also responded to questions from members of the audience.1,411 views
“Lawrence Lessig Interrogates Jack Abramoff About Corruption” was the first event in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics series “In the Dock.” It was held in the Ames Courtroom of the Harvard Law School.
Q&A with Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig talked about his latest book about the influence of money on Congress, in which he argued that large amounts of money, fueled by recent changes in campaign finance rules, can secure legislative influence in the U.S. government. He criticized powerful business interests that sponsor corporate lobbyists and suggested that widespread citizen mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention would allow people to regain control of “the corrupted but redeemable representational system.” He also talked about clerking for Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court, and Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court. He offered views on the Obama administration’s accomplishments, and the influence his father had upon him while growing up in central Pennsylvania.3,690 views
Lawrence Lessig earned a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale University.
Leaks and Freedom of the Press
Law professors and journals debated First Amendment freedom of the press rights versus national security interests in the age of WikiLeaks. They also responded to questions from the audience.351 views
Representative Jim Cooper Remarks on Congress
Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) spoke about partisan struggles and dysfunction over the course of several Congresses. Among the topics he addressed were redistricting, lobbying, congressional pay, and campaign fundraising. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.477 views
Ethics in Politics
Larry Lessig talked about the influence of corporate money in politics, public trust in government, and political reform movements. He also answered questions from the audience.1,098 views
This program was part of a conference focusing on the issue of money in politics and corporate power, and organized by a coalition of groups calling itself the “Movement for the People.”
Book Discussion on Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
Lawrence Lessig talked about the state of copyright law in relation to electronic media. He argued that the current laws are draconian and have not been adequately updated to reflect the emergence of the Internet and the ubiquity of the sharing of information. He said that the current laws criminalize artists and the young and stifle creativity. He argued that the youth create their identity by remixing electronic media. Following his remarks, he answered questions from the audience.261 views
Lawrence Lessig is the author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, published by Penguin. The book is copyrighted.
Internet Access Issues
A hearing on Internet neutrality was held to consider overhauling sections of the Telecom Act of 1996. The net neutrality issue focused on common carriage responsibilities of broadband providers in light of larger IP services pushed to consumers. Two panels of witnesses testified on possible legislation requiring broadband services providers to reserve equal bandwidth for competing services.201 views