Hedrick Smith October 13, 2012 lecture by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist about his 2012 book "Who Stole the American Dream?" The lecture is a clear and convincing summary of how the American Dream had been dismantled by corporate power over the past four decades. Exposes and explains role of the Powell Memorandum of 1971 in launching the Corporate Take-Over of America. Focuses more on the problems than the solutions.
Although he is often quoted out of context, Justice Antonin Scalia during a debate in 1979 was very much in favor of using an Article V Convention: "I really want to see the process used responsibly on a serious issue so that...we can learn how to use the process responsibly in the future." He also said this:
"The Congress is simply unwilling to give attention to many issues which it knows the people are concerned with," Scalia explains. "Which issues involve restrictions upon the federal government's own power. I think the founders foresaw that, and they provided this method in order to enable a convention to remedy that."
"If the only way to get that convention is to take this minimal risk then I think it is a reasonable risk to be undergone."
Bill Moyers: How Big Money & Big Media Undermine Democracy, November 8, 2013
Bill Moyers on Dollarocracy
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Warns of Citizens United on Steroids
Wolf-PAC's video made for Get Money Out - Maryland, starring Charlie Cooper and volunteers
View a 1999 video of a Bill Moyers interview of Justices Breyer and Kennedy discuss the perils of the influence of money on judicial elections:
Watch this powerful video about the Democracy Spring march from 2016:
Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics Bill Moyers interview with Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout
Watch US Rep. Jamie Raskin when he was a state senator in Maryland explaining the need for the Democracy Amendment at GMOM's Annapolis forum
Watch GMOM Pres. Charlie Cooper's talk at Baltimore Ethical Society, 2013
Short video on a How to Call Your State Legislator
Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?
Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.
This video gives a quick rundown of their findings — it all boils down to one simple graph:
Lawrence Lessig interview with Bill Moyers on "Moyers & Company" June 14, 2013. The excellent discussion on problems and solutions of corruption in Government begins at the half-way point at 31:30 minutes on the time marker. (The first half is about privacy and Edward Snowden).
We the People and the Republic we must reclaim: The Case for an Article V. Convention; with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, et al.
Ted Talk with over a million views, in which Lessig describes "Lesterland." About 0.05% (or one twentieth of one percent, or one in 2,000) Americans happen to be named 'Lester.' This is about the same percentage of Americans, 140,000 people, who gave the maximum contribution to any congressional candidate (in 2010). And now there's a book based on the Lawrence Lessig Ted Talk.
Watch Bill Moyers interview of Bernie Sanders on the role of big media in politics