‍They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy

America’s democracy is in crisis. Along many dimensions, a single flaw—unrepresentativeness—has detached our government from the people. And as a people, our fractured partisanship and ignorance on critical issues drive our leaders to stake out ever more extreme positions.

In They Don’t Represent Us, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig charts the way in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy, including our media, respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry.

But the blame does not only lie with “them”—Washington’s politicians and power brokers, Lessig argues. The problem is also “us.” “We the people” are increasingly uninformed about the issues, while ubiquitous political polling exacerbates the problem, reflecting and normalizing our ignorance and feeding it back into the system as representative of our will.

Share this post
Related posts
Books
‍On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

By Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

Democracy Journey
Democracy Journey - According to Ken

FDF Board Member Ken Dammand outlines the importance of Fix Democracy First's work within the context of Nancy MacLean's thesis on American Democracy.

Video
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote

By Robert Greenwald (2019), this documentary paints an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election in the state of Georgia