I’ve been reading some of Larry Lessig’s thoughts on corruption and I’ve drafted a short reaction at OpenMarket.org.
In short, I think that Lessig’s right to say that Washington is corrupt, he’s right that money has an incredible power to corrupt the system, but I think he’s wrong to say that we ought to focus on money.
Why? Because there are other forms of influence that special interests can use to push lawmakers toward the policies they would prefer. Eliminating money from politics is likely an impossible goal but would also do little to stop corruption. Taking away power from government and returning it to individuals seems to me to be the only way we can truly fight corruption. I articulate this all more fully in the post.