Lawrence Lessig: On Band-Aid's and Curing Cancer
by M. David Peterson
I have decided to shift my academic work, and soon, my activism, away from the issues that have consumed me for the last 10 years, towards a new set of issues: Namely, these. "Corruption" as I've defined it elsewhere will be the focus of my work. For at least the next 10 years, it is the problem I will try to help solve.
... Imagine someone devoted to free culture coming to believe that until free software supports free culture, free culture can't succeed. So he devotes himself to building software. I am someone who believes that a free society -- free of the "corruption" that defines our current society -- is necessary for free culture, and much more. For that reason, I turn my energy elsewhere for now.
You don't cure cancer with Band-Aid's, and cancer is exactly what this country (referring to the United States of America) has been diagnosed with, though the diagnosis is more of an affirmation of a fact that has been oh so painfully known about for quite some time.
If you would have asked me yesterday: "Is the cancer that is the corruption that has taken over the very heart of this nation curable?" I would have stated,
"Well there's always hope, but if yes, then I don't know how or by what."
While both the diagnosis and the outlook might be bleak, when you have a master surgeon such as Lawrence Lessig as your doctor, someone who has proven time and time again that if you are willing to put forth the required effort, miracles are truly possible, I can now re-adjust that same statement to read,
"I don't know. But there's one thing I do know: With Lawrence Lessig, *anything* is possible."
"With Lawrence Lessig, *anything* is possible."
|M. David Peterson
Fighting corruption is one of the best ways to improve our collective future.