Republic, Lost

How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
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Reviewed on 02/05/2012
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Listening to Republic: How Money Corrupts Congress-and a Plan to Stop It" by Lawrence Lessig reminded me of the importance of staying informed, staying pro-active, and getting involved. This is our nation and yet we as citizens have become lazy, contrite and apathetic. When a person runs for congress they tout their best intentions. They will cut the budget, they will make a difference, and they will be different from the other members of congress or candidates. Once elected they are seduced by money, power and prestige. What congress and all elected officials have forgotten is that they are responsible to us the citizens of this wonderful country. The citizens are not here to serve and fund the congress. It is time every citizen stands up and lets their voice be heard. Our government is filled with dishonesty, greed, and immorality. Do we elect and pay them so that they can sell their votes to the highest bidder? Is it too late? No Lessig offers several options we should consider. He offers suggestions that each of us, no matter who we are, can do to make changes. We do not have to be satisfied. We do not have to be disheartened. We can take back our country.

Lessig explains in laymen terms what is happening in our government. I commend the author for educating us. This book is well-organized and well-written. Lessig does not write this to discourage or to negate but to wake us up. This book is not a difficult read. This book should be required reading in both high school and college classes.