Our Democracy is in Dire Need

In his moving lecture How Democracy Gets Restored, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig says it’s up to us to save our democracy. Following is a transcript of the 2-minute clip above.

"I love our country. But what if it's not enough? And how do you go on when you fear that maybe you don't have enough, like this love alone is not enough. Then how do you in the face of that recognition embrace the hope that's necessary to make this possible.

"...What I know is this democracy is dying. Our kids think it's a waste of time and the numbers prove it. It is for them a waste of time, it makes no sense. But we, especially us, we have to find a way to find the strength to push, to fix it, to push on in the face of this because we inherited, we were given an incredible tradition, not of perfect justice, but of a proud struggle for as the constitution declares, a more perfect union. And we inherited a democracy that the world envied. That democracy is now a joke to the rest of the world because it doesn't articulate the ideals of our tradition.

"So here is what I know. This we can't let die...this idea of a government dependent on the people, the people, not the rich more than the poor. This we must find a way, us especially, this we must find a way to save." (Watch the full lecture.)

Aspen Lectures Compendium 2014 ItunesU

Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. We're honored that she shared her Big Idea with our Festival audience: to ensure the basic, most important right of education to all girls and boys around the world. " Education is the most important right. When we get education, then we can bring change to our society." —Malala Yousafzai

Aspen Lectures Compendium 2014 ItunesU

Check out the Aspen Lectures Compendium on iTunes U. From links to articles to additional videos to book listings (like the top five that Arthur C. Brooks considers essential reading), the Compendium offers an organized and curated way to dig deeper into the topics presented in the lectures. Video and audio of each lecture is included, available to stream or download for offline viewing and listening.