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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fix Congress First

I first met Larry Lessing (professionally, not personally), over a decade ago. We traded emails about his and my ideas about copyrights and the internet. Over the years, I have made a few bucks writing copyrighted books so I had a large interest in the topic.

I found Larry to have an enormous intellect and a great sense of humor. In short, I have a great deal of admiration for him.

At the time, he was in the law school at Berkeley. He has now moved to Harvard and runs an organization devoted to his favorite subject, corruption in the government.

The link below will take you to a presentation he recently made in North Carolina. I promise you that you will find it utterly fascinating!! And you will learn a lot.

Also notice that in the upper right hand corner, there is box that is labeled Episode Archives. Be sure to spend some time there since he explores more examples of corruption in the government.

Here is an example of what I mean. Everybody understands that we have a very serious problem with over weight children. (If you don't know about it, his statistics will scare the crap out of you.) The "Behavoral Economists" in the government want to pass legislation that will label fast foods as one, two or three stars. Three being best for you, one least good and two in the middle.

Larry Lessig will show you that the real problem is that we have extremely high tariffs on sugar, which were brought about by lobbyists. Because sugar is so expensive, most food manufacturers have substituted high fructose corn syrup as the sweetener. And corn syrup is cheap because we subsidize corn production, again through lobbyists.

At one place, he raises the question, "Well, how about the people who did nothing".
Take a look at his presentations, and then do something.

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