We recently found this Lawrence Lessig TedTalk from last year, 2015. It’s a nice and relatively brief (20 minutes) reminder that for people across our nation, our representative democracy is anything but representative or a functioning democracy. As explained in the video’s description:
Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who’s in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it’s just the first problem.
Here’s Mr. Lessig’s talk, entitled “Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here’s how we fix it.”