Protesters against Citizens United demonstrate outside the Sacramento Capitol, California, January 21, 2012. (Photo: Public Citizen)
“We’ve undergone a corporate coup d’etat in slow motion. And it’s over. We’ve lost, and they’ve won.”
On January 20, 2012, the two year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United, occupiers gathered together to protest the influence that corporations have in politics.
In this video, journalist Chris Hedges and professor Lawrence Lessig, longtime critics of the corrupting influence of big money in our political system, discuss the goals of the protests—and the options that we, the people, have for real reform.
Thursday 26 January 2012 Nation of Change
A Conversation with Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges at Occupy the Courts
On January 20th, occupiers across the country rallied together in protest against the insidious influence of the corporations over the judiciary. Shortly before the rally in Foley Square, New York CIty, Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges met in front of Occupy TVNY’s cameras to discuss their vision of change.
Lawrence Lessig: “I have enormous respect for what you’ve done, but don’t stop with this symbol of corporations are not a person. Don’t stop until you have restored this democracy to a democracy that the classical republicans could respect.” Chris Hedges: “In every single avenue we have to fight back, however corrupt the courts are, and certainly on the streets. You’re an inspiration to me, you’re an inspiration to countless Americans, and I think ultimately because the truth is on our side.”
Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.
Lawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.