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An analysis of "the Trump era, but not about Trump. . . . but on how incentives across a range of institutions have created corruption" (New York Times Book Review).

"There is not a single American awake to the world who is comfortable with the way things are."

So begins Lawrence Lessig's sweeping indictment of modern-day American institutions and the corruption that besets themfrom the selling of Congress to special interests to the corporate capture of the academy.

And it's our fault. What Lessig brilliantly shows is that we can't blame the problems of contemporary American life on bad people, as our discourse all too often tends to do. Rather, he explains, "We have allowed core institutions of America's economic, social, and political life to become corrupted. Not by evil souls, but by good souls. Not through crime, but through compromise." Through case studies of Congress, finance, the academy, the media, and the law, Lessig shows how institutions are drawn away from higher purposes and toward money, power, quick rewardsthe first steps to corruption.

Lessig knows that a charge so broad should not be levied lightly, and that our instinct will be to resist it. So he brings copious detail gleaned from years of research, building a case that is all but incontrovertible: America is on the wrong path. If we don't acknowledge our own part in that, and act now to change it, we will hand our children a less perfect union than we were given. It will be a long struggle. This book represents the first steps.

"A devastating argument that America is racing for the cliff's edge of structural, possibly irreversible tyranny." Cory Doctorow

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Generi Economia Diritto e Lavoro » Diritto , Politica e Società » Ideologie e Teorie politiche » Ideologie politiche

Editore The University Of Chicago Press

Formato Ebook con Adobe DRM

Pubblicato 22/10/2018

Lingua Inglese

EAN-13 9780226316673

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