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A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom Quote

“A culture without property, or in which creators can’t get paid, is anarchy, not freedom” — Lawrence Lessig

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“Our government is held hostage by the funders of campaigns. And those funders don’t spend their money to get good public policy. They spend their money to get public policy that pays them”

“Leslie Byrne, a Democrat from Virginia, was told by a colleague, ‘Always lean to the green.’ … He was not an environmentalist”

“In a time of polarized politics there’s one thing that more than ninety percent of Americans agree on, that our government is broken, and broken because of the money in politics”

America’s government has been bought. But not by us. Not by the American people. America’s government has been bought by the cronies and special interests. America’s government has been bought not by those who care about America, but by those who want to use our government to get rich.”

Entrepreneurs succeed by working harder. By competing better. By creating more. They succeeded by innovating, not by hiring lobbyists to get them a special tax favor. Not by paying Congressmen to get a special subsidy. Not by begging Congress for corporate welfare, but by making money the old fashioned way: by earning it.”

“The difference between Donald Trump and me — well, there’s $10 billion in difference, at least — but in addition to $10 billion, the difference is that Donald Trump’s solution is that we elect billionaires”

“We have a green primary. We have a primary where those who fund campaigns get to pick the candidates that the rest of us get to vote among”

“We’ve built a democracy wherein a tiny tiny fraction of the one percent dominate… and a consequence of this is a democracy responsive to the funders only

“You and I both know that as long as our representatives are held hostage to their funders — and their funders are not all of us — our system will not work

“When we have a congress free of big-money, a congress free to lead, we will fight to preserve the reforms we fought so hard to achieve through whatever amendments to the Constitution are necessary”

“[Congress] and their cronies secure more than one hundred billion dollars in corporate welfare

“We won’t get our democracy back until we change the way campaigns are funded

“Right now Congress doesn’t answer to us, it answers to the elite few. Members of congress waste 30 to70 percent of their time raising money from the tiniest fraction of the one percent”

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