[Air-L] A Canadian critical of LL Re: Lawrence Lessig on ending corruption and influence of money in politics

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 9 00:40:10 PDT 2007

May be I am slightly anti-american and I have only read his one book  
Code but his solution of American constitutional values and that of  
some Canadian advocates of such things as creative commons seems to  
take American laws and beliefs and transplant them into other  
countries. This does not work says I who recently finished a BA in  
legal studies where unlike natural sciences and mathematics ( this  
could be questioned too) law textbooks, legal sources, and rules are  
unique to a country and there is limited use for other countries  
laws. For instance we don't have the same background of  
libertarianism in Canada. We like our good government, peace and order.

I will listen to his interview but I like to offer the above warning.  
I did learn a lot reading his book but that was his technical  
analysis which was a bit of a help even if borrowed and inaccurate. I  
did not buy into his solutions.

Peter Timusk,

B.Math statistics (2002), B.A. legal studies (2006) Carleton University
Systems Science Graduate student, University of Ottawa.
just trying to stay linear.
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On 9-Oct-07, at 3:00 AM, Miraj Khaled wrote:

> fascinating interview with Lawrence Lessig where he discusses his  
> new cause, devoting the next ten years to ending government  
> corruption.  how internet as a tool of participatory democracy and  
> the advent of the 'global commons' could be the decisive weapons in  
> this struggle.
> hopefully he would establish a project for this new cause as he did  
> with Creative Commons, so that people in countries like Bangladesh,  
> India, Russia, Canada etc. can utilize his yet to be proposed  
> mechanism.
>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jkZFIwmc-8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww% 
> 2Ehenrikmoltke%2Edk%2F
> miraj
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