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Democracy Is Experiencing System Failure. We Can Fix It.

Josh Silver speaking at the Unrig the System Summit
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Democracy advocates gathered at the first annual “Unrig the System” Summit in New Orleans two weeks ago. Tune in for some rousing speeches…

Democracy advocates gathered at the first annual “Unrig the System” Summit in New Orleans two weeks ago. The event was hosted by grassroots activist group Represent.Us, which achieved several major anti-corruption victories during the 2016 election cycle.

However, there is strong political opposition to democracy. For instance, after South Dakotans voted for a statewide Anti-Corruption Act in 2016, the wily SD legislative body repealed the vote by declaring a state of emergency (which allowed legislation without voter input).

The “Unrig the System” Summit 2018, therefore, put the focus on strategies to step up anti-corruption gameplay. In the video below, Represent.Us founder Josh Silver explains how American democracy is in system failure, and outlines a three-pronged approach to fix it.


Represent.Us co-founder Josh Silver delivers a rousing plea to reach across the aisle and focus on unrigging our broken political system.

~ Represent.Us

Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig (who you could call the “Father of Anti-Systemic-Corruption“) also attended the Summit. In the next video here, Lessig talks about getting more Americans to join the fight against systemic political corruption. The speech is pure Lessig: inspirational!

during the Opening Plenary at “Unrig the System” Summit February 2, 2018.

~ Represent.Us

To see and hear more from the “Unrig the System” Summit, go to the Summit Live Feed.


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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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