Jan Gregory Posted over 1 year ago Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim Hi Jeremy, I'm returning your comment. Love this discussion. Lots of great ideas including yours. I think we agree on the need, but a divergence of thinking on practicality. Restrictions on the electoral process, such as restricting the amounts of money spent, always seem to run head-on into serious complex debates with heavyweight debate points that are legitimate. And the argument to restrict money is an easy target for Judges and constitutional lawyers. Same for providing candidates only public platforms for their message. Unfortunately, many great ideas can only exist in a perfect world. In my experience, KISS is what usually wins out. Simple works because everyone gets it. Easy to communicate the message. If the idea needs no defense because there are no legitimate arguments against it give you the winning advantage. In this case of corruption in the political process, we are talking about the history of civilization. Corruption is corruption, and it has always been around in every form of governing mankind invented. And it always will be in my opinion. All human beings are fallible. Throughout history, the pragmatic solution was usually exposing corruption. That's why you don't hear many arguments against a free press and the right to free speech, and the right of the people to know what going on. However, it's only recently in human history we have governments based on documents guaranteeing these rights. We have the privilege and the right to expose corruption. Barring politicians and public servants from freedom to choose private employment after government, I'm afraid it would fails for the same reasons. Hey, I could get behind the idea, they have given themselves huge pensions and benefits after their public service. So shouldn't we have the right to restrict what they do one can do? No matter how much I agree, restricting personal freedom will always will run straight into the constitution and civil rights.