10 thoughts on “Political leadership in times of digital populism | Lawrence Lessig | TEDxBerlinSalon

  1. This is why if you are a sortition guy you shouldn't weigh in on the horse race. it discredits you. Take it easy Aaron

  2. Sad he was wrong and Hillary didn't win the election. The day Trump won the election (via the Electoral College, not the popular vote, which I believe is an obsolete system that doesn't truly represent the people) was the beginning of a never-ending and increasingly worsening disaster for this country. Beginning in the days leading up to and including the day of his inauguration and on every single day since then, I wished (and still wish) that Hillary, with all her faults and biases and weak points which I abhorred (and still do) had actually won. With my ideal candidate no longer in the running, who endorsed Hillary despite the scorn heaped upon him for doing so, I felt that I was being forced to choose the lesser of two evils, and that neither of them would truly represent me in any meaningful way if they were to win, as I am sure many other people also felt. I wish that every person who had refused to follow his advice and wrote him in on the ballot they cast, voted for another 3rd party candidate who had no real chance of winning, or simply decided not to vote in that election at all, had instead cast their vote for the lesser of two evils. We have all seen the result of those voters decisions. We are confronted with it on a daily basis. I can't help but think that if those people had been willing to put their ideals aside and vote for Hillary no matter how they felt, that this country wouldn't be in the mess it is today. Things are only going to get worse with our current POTUS in office, and I can't help but imagine how much better things would be today had the lesser of two evils won that election. Would everything be wonderful and perfect today if that had happened? No, absolutely not. Would things be better than the hot and spreading mess we have today? I can only say that, in my opinion, the answer is absolutely and unequivocally YES.

  3. An excellent and heart-felt tribute to the great Aaron Swartz, and explanation of how he was driven to suicide in 2013 by the fascistic prosecution of DA Carmen Ortiz, appointed by Obama, and kept in power by him til the end of his term.

    This talk is evidently from November 8, 2016. Like many Democrats Lessig thought Hillary's victory was a sure thing that night. So far as I know, Hillary never criticized the persecution of Aaron under Obama. Nor did she criticize other unjust and fascistic federal prosecutions under Obama, such as that of CIA whistle blower John Kiriakou.

  4. And I thought this talk was going to be about dealing with the Age of Trump… It says it was published on Jan 11, 2017; guess the talk was pre-election.

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