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At the core of our constitution is the ideal of equality. Two centuries of compromise has let us forget that. If we’re to recover a representative democracy, we must defend again its simple ideal — that all citizens are equal.

From the heart of darkness, a plea for equality. In the halls of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (a replica of the US senate), this talk emphasizes the core reform America needs: to establish political equality among citizens. No place better symbolizes the compromise that has plagued American democracy from the start. Lawrence Lessig makes the case for change.

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Larry Lessig

Larry Lessig

Larry Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.