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Lawrence Lessig on East-Coast vs West-Coast code

Lawrence Lessig on East-Coast vs West-Coast code

Posted Feb 27, 2014 17:12 UTC (Thu) by NAR (subscriber, #1313)
In reply to: Lawrence Lessig on East-Coast vs West-Coast code by mathstuf
Parent article: Lawrence Lessig on East-Coast vs West-Coast code

While I do think that e.g. the US presidential campaign is ridiculously long, I don't think officially curtailing it would help, because this kind of campaigning is (officially) not done by the incumbent. Actually the incumbent traveling back to his/her constituency for the "grassroot civil forum" might make him/her look good, because he/she is listening for the people.

I watched the original talk, but it doesn't answer my concerns. On the other hand it introduces an other problem: in Lessing's system the candidate who can mobilize the most donors will have the most money. The problem is: extremist are easier to mobilize (most people are lazy, the more committed someone, the more likely to give away money), so this system would skew the candidates to more extreme positions.


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Lawrence Lessig on East-Coast vs West-Coast code

Posted Feb 27, 2014 17:38 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

I agree that getting Americans actually interested in the elections is a problem which is why I think "giving" people $50 on their tax forms helps here. Most will just put down a party rather than specific names, but for those who are interested in specific candidates, it supports that as well.

I don't know if there's a good way to remove the PAC madness without overturning some Supreme Court decisions (e.g., Citizen's United).


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