Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lessig on Obama's First Year: Change Congress Chronicles

Right wing histrionics over the last year has been claiming that Americans are losing their civil liberties because of Barack Obama's agenda when, in reality, Congres--a Democratically controlled Congress, no less--has done everything it can to impede the efforts of the Obama administration. The video by Lawrence Lessig does an excellent job of illustrating what the real problem is and just who is to blame: Congress--and it goes beyond Republicans and Democrats. Lessig's argument also touches on some major themes in Robert Reich's book "Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy and Everyday Life."