April 18, 2012  ·  Lessig

Every so often, a beautifully clear and crystalizing innovation happens. Sopatrack feels like one of these. Is it right? Is it true? Is it fair? Those are three distinct questions. I’d be grateful for thoughts about the site. 

April 13, 2012  ·  Lessig

There are moments when 

all this seems worth it. 

Few. 

Fewer the fewer days I get with my kids.

But some. 

Today was one. 

A guy in a military cap,

out of place in an auditorium

of law students and faculty,

had heard me on an interview

before the talk, here in 

Tulsa.

And came. Convinced,

as he said, 

that no one got it.

But now, 

as he said,

that some do.

There is a potential here. 

Especially here. 

Way out here.

At least.

April 12, 2012  ·  Lessig

Here’s what we know:

  1. Our society has not yet achieved sex equality. 
  2. Women suffer that inequality differently. 

So:

In an unscripted television talk show appearance, Hilary Rosen referred to that differently-experienced inequality. She said that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life.” 

Ann Romney, of course, has worked plenty of days in her life — as a mother raising five children. As a father who watches in wonder as my wife works to raise just three children, I have endless respect for anyone who can do what she, or Ann Romney does. 

But it is absolutely obvious that Hilary Rosen was not saying that Ann Romney didn’t work in that sense. What she meant was that Ann Romney did not work in the sense that Hilary Rosen has, and millions of other women have — that while raising children, she has also spent at least 40 hours in a work place, away from home.

And even if Ann Romney had, she wouldn’t have done that the way the vast majority of women who do that have to do that — without permanent childcare, without someone who can always come to get a sick kid at school, without help to clean the house, without staff to cook dinner.

What Hilary Rosen was saying was that it is difficult — to say the least — for someone in the cradle of privilege to say that they know anything about people who live like most Americans: without privilege, without guaranteed support, constantly against an unforgiving edge which, if Obamacare is overturned, will only get sharper.

Yet immediately after Rosen made her completely true comments, her friends openly gather to ostracize her. Her true comments were “offensive” says Axelrod. Jim Messina “couldn’t disagree more.”

Really? Not even if you try really really hard, Jim?

It might be right that family should be off limits. But no one was talking about particular kids, etc. The comment was about a candidate’s spouse’s ability to judge, given she had claimed the right to judge.

The comment was totally fair, and right, in my view.  

April 12, 2012  ·  Lessig

The Democratic party is now facing a great crisis. It is to decide whether it will be, as in the days of FDR, the party of the plain people, the party of progress, the party of social and industrial justice; or whether it will be the party of privilege and of special interests, the heir to those who were FDR’s most bitter opponents, the party that represents the great interests within and without Wall Street which desire through their control over the servants of the public to be kept immune from punishment when they do wrong and to be given privileges to which they are not entitled.

Remix of Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years later.

April 11, 2012  ·  Lessig

The Democratic party is now facing a great crisis. It is to decide whether it will be, as in the days of FDR, the party of the plain people, the party of progress, the party of social and industrial justice; or whether it will be the party of privilege and of special interests, the heir to those who were FDR’s most bitter opponents, the party that represents the great interests within and without Wall Street which desire through their control over the servants of the public to be kept immune from punishment when they do wrong and to be given privileges to which they are not entitled.
Remix of Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years later.

April 11, 2012  ·  Lessig

The Republican party is now facing a great crisis. It is to decide whether it will be, as in the days of Lincoln, the party of the plain people, the party of progress, the party of social and industrial justice; or whether it will be the party of privilege and of special interests, the heir to those who were Lincoln’s most bitter opponents, the party that represents the great interests within and without Wall Street which desire through their control over the servants of the public to be kept immune from punishment when they do wrong and to be given privileges to which they are not entitled.
T. Roosevelt, The Outlook p812 (April 13, 1912)

April 4, 2012  ·  Lessig

Can someone help me understand what this is about? 

I joined a forum in order to respond to a comment. Immediately after I joined, I began to receive literally hundreds of emails from other fora I hadn’t joined, each sending me my joining credentials for that forum. 

What benefit does anyone get from this?