A few days ago, I posted a link to this piece by Lawrence Lessig. It’s something of a
love letter to Newt Gingrich in which Lessig blames the former Speaker for most of Washington’s current dysfunction. According to Lessig, Newt was the architect of the current winner-take-all, reelection obsessed profanities posing as politics. I’m not entirely convinced by the narrative, which isn’t to say he doesn’t make salient points.
The thing is, some of this goes back to Andrew Jackson. Most of it goes back to Thomas Hobbes. It’s been chronicled by Mark Twain and in Action Comics #1 (where we also learn that populist Superman was also an isolationist in the build-up to World War II? That’s a post-and-a-half).
Has Congress ever worked? Has it Congress ever been this bad?
- Reclaiming the Republic: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig (3quarksdaily.com)
- Video: Lawrence Lessig: Obama Failure to Take Money out of Politics a “Betrayal” (americanpeoplesplatformblog.com)