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Another Way Stories, by Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

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Another Way Stories, by Lawrence Lessig

Another Way Stories, by Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

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Introducing: Another Way Stories

Anyone paying attention can see that we’re gearing up for a train wreck in 2020, as both political parties map out an increasingly partisan choice for America — as if we are just a nation divided, with nothing that we share in common.

1 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Introducing: Another Way Stories

S1E1: Aiming for Something Different

It’s pretty clear how things are going to happen. In January, whatever the outcome in the 2018 election, Democrats are going to begin to vie in earnest to become the party’s nominee for President. There’ll be a gaggle of normal politicians on the left and in the middle, and a handful of billionaires.

9 MIN2018 OCT 10
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S1E1: Aiming for Something Different

S1E2: How Different Has Been Done

There have been critical moments in the history of America when we have come to see that something more than ordinary politics was necessary. Moments when citizens understood that the existing machinery of government was just not up to the task — and when the politicians did something fundamental to fix it.

11 MIN2018 OCT 18
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S1E2: How Different Has Been Done

S1E3: A Different (Kind of Control of) Congress

In the middle of 2016, the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation conducted a massive survey to measure America’s satisfaction with their government. Surprise! Surprise! Not many Americans were very satisfied. Much more surprising was this: the reasons that Americans gave for their dissatisfaction were almost universally the same — regardless of age or sex or geography or, most amazingly, political party.

16 MIN2018 OCT 24
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S1E3: A Different (Kind of Control of) Congress

S1E4: A Different Kind of President

In 1864, in the middle of our “great Civil War,” America held a presidential election. Lincoln was President. None were confident, especially his supporters, that he would be re-elected. Indeed without the gift of a Grant victory at Petersburg, it’s pretty clear he would not have been reelected. The nation was exhausted by war. Most Americans were resolved to peace at any price.

10 MIN2018 OCT 31
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S1E4: A Different Kind of President

S1E5: How America Beats Donald

I think the answer’s pretty obvious: we would win by stealing Donald Trump’s words while changing their meaning. The campaign to defeat President Trump and to reform this democracy must be led by candidates who make two simple promises: first, drain the swamp; second, make America great again.

8 MIN2018 NOV 7
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S1E5: How America Beats Donald

S1E6: Why Different When the Same Is So So Easy

“But why,” the Democratic politicians will insist, “why do we need anything more than simply elect Democrats? What’s the need for a Reform Caucus when the Democratic Party is already committed to a platform of reform? Why complicate what could be so simple: a Democratic President with a Democratic Congress committed to passing the changes that reform obviously requires?”

13 MIN2018 NOV 16
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S1E6: Why Different When the Same Is So So Easy

Introducing Season 2

There’s a scholar, an activist, a leader, a former Labor Secretary, a citizen, and a friend — Robert Reich — who has been trash-talking the idea of a convention to propose amendments to our Constitution. That fact really bothers me.

2 MIN2018 DEC 14
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Introducing Season 2

S2E1: How Constitutions Get Changed

The Constitution of the United States specifies the rules for its own amendment. Article V lays out those rules. An amendment must first be proposed and once proposed, adopted or, as the Constitution says, ratified. More than 11,000 amendments have been proposed in the 230 years since the Constitution was adopted. Of those, 27 have been ratified.

3 MIN2018 DEC 20
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S2E1: How Constitutions Get Changed

S2E2: That Conventions Terrify

This is Larry Lessig, and this is Episode 2 of Season 2 of the podcast Another Way. In the first episode, I described two ways that the Constitution allows that amendments to the Constitution might be proposed. Only one of those two ways of proposing amendments has ever succeeded. The second way — “a convention”—has never happened, though we’ve gotten close. That second way terrifies people like Robert Reich. In this episode, I describe why.

5 MIN2018 DEC 22
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S2E2: That Conventions Terrify

Latest Episodes

Introducing: Another Way Stories

Anyone paying attention can see that we’re gearing up for a train wreck in 2020, as both political parties map out an increasingly partisan choice for America — as if we are just a nation divided, with nothing that we share in common.

1 MIN2018 OCT 10
Comments
Introducing: Another Way Stories

S1E1: Aiming for Something Different

It’s pretty clear how things are going to happen. In January, whatever the outcome in the 2018 election, Democrats are going to begin to vie in earnest to become the party’s nominee for President. There’ll be a gaggle of normal politicians on the left and in the middle, and a handful of billionaires.

9 MIN2018 OCT 10
Comments
S1E1: Aiming for Something Different

S1E2: How Different Has Been Done

There have been critical moments in the history of America when we have come to see that something more than ordinary politics was necessary. Moments when citizens understood that the existing machinery of government was just not up to the task — and when the politicians did something fundamental to fix it.

11 MIN2018 OCT 18
Comments
S1E2: How Different Has Been Done

S1E3: A Different (Kind of Control of) Congress

In the middle of 2016, the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation conducted a massive survey to measure America’s satisfaction with their government. Surprise! Surprise! Not many Americans were very satisfied. Much more surprising was this: the reasons that Americans gave for their dissatisfaction were almost universally the same — regardless of age or sex or geography or, most amazingly, political party.

16 MIN2018 OCT 24
Comments
S1E3: A Different (Kind of Control of) Congress

S1E4: A Different Kind of President

In 1864, in the middle of our “great Civil War,” America held a presidential election. Lincoln was President. None were confident, especially his supporters, that he would be re-elected. Indeed without the gift of a Grant victory at Petersburg, it’s pretty clear he would not have been reelected. The nation was exhausted by war. Most Americans were resolved to peace at any price.

10 MIN2018 OCT 31
Comments
S1E4: A Different Kind of President

S1E5: How America Beats Donald

I think the answer’s pretty obvious: we would win by stealing Donald Trump’s words while changing their meaning. The campaign to defeat President Trump and to reform this democracy must be led by candidates who make two simple promises: first, drain the swamp; second, make America great again.

8 MIN2018 NOV 7
Comments
S1E5: How America Beats Donald

S1E6: Why Different When the Same Is So So Easy

“But why,” the Democratic politicians will insist, “why do we need anything more than simply elect Democrats? What’s the need for a Reform Caucus when the Democratic Party is already committed to a platform of reform? Why complicate what could be so simple: a Democratic President with a Democratic Congress committed to passing the changes that reform obviously requires?”

13 MIN2018 NOV 16
Comments
S1E6: Why Different When the Same Is So So Easy

Introducing Season 2

There’s a scholar, an activist, a leader, a former Labor Secretary, a citizen, and a friend — Robert Reich — who has been trash-talking the idea of a convention to propose amendments to our Constitution. That fact really bothers me.

2 MIN2018 DEC 14
Comments
Introducing Season 2

S2E1: How Constitutions Get Changed

The Constitution of the United States specifies the rules for its own amendment. Article V lays out those rules. An amendment must first be proposed and once proposed, adopted or, as the Constitution says, ratified. More than 11,000 amendments have been proposed in the 230 years since the Constitution was adopted. Of those, 27 have been ratified.

3 MIN2018 DEC 20
Comments
S2E1: How Constitutions Get Changed

S2E2: That Conventions Terrify

This is Larry Lessig, and this is Episode 2 of Season 2 of the podcast Another Way. In the first episode, I described two ways that the Constitution allows that amendments to the Constitution might be proposed. Only one of those two ways of proposing amendments has ever succeeded. The second way — “a convention”—has never happened, though we’ve gotten close. That second way terrifies people like Robert Reich. In this episode, I describe why.

5 MIN2018 DEC 22
Comments
S2E2: That Conventions Terrify
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