Lessig Urges Unity Among the Discontented

October 19, 2011

According to a report published today on The Raw Story, Harvard professor, Lawrence Lessig, speaking at an Occupy D.C. rally earlier this week, urged the Occupy movement to reach out to members of the Tea Party and bring them into the movement, saying:

“What is inspiring about this movement is its potential… to rally our country around an idea that we all believe fundamentally: this government is corrupt.”

He went on to say:

“[2008] is the first time in American history where we have seen a collapse followed by no fundamental re-regulation of the financial services sector, because [the financial elite] have the power to block change from either the Democrats and Republicans.”

and continued with

“You can build this movement to unite America around this idea that the time for crony capitalism must come to an end…There is no one on the left or the right who defends the system of crony capitalism, they just practice it. And you, the movement you’ve begun, can begin the recognition across America of why and how we need to end that corruption. You do that by framing this in a way that [the Tea Party] can hear you, and inviting them in to your conversation by explicitly bringing them in.”

To read the entire article on The Raw Story, click here


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