The Last Best Chance

Lawrence Lessig is always pretty brilliant, and I was pretty convinced by his article below on the “Americans Elect” movement.

We cannot afford this silence now. We can’t afford to wait. We must find a way to put [campaign finance reform] into the center of this presidential campaign. And the only way to do that just now is the most misunderstood movement in this election cycle so far — Americans Elect.


For the first time in modern history, there will be a candidate on every presidential ballot in November who is not the nominee of either major party. That candidate will have been selected by voters from across the country who register at, become delegates, and who reveal, through a series of questions, their own position on a wide range of issues.

I’ve dabbled on the site and admire it as a platform for political change, but think it might have some issues – most notably, the #1 “Draft” candidate (i.e. one who has not said he would run on the Americans Elect ticket), is Ron Paul, who is of course very much inside the mainstream.

That said, I think it’s a great idea to get a third party on the ballot and maybe shake things up a bit.


About thinklikeafox

I'm a Naval Officer living in Southern California. I hope to be attending law school in the next year or two, and I started writing this blog out of a desire to improve my writing and critical thinking skills after a couple years outside of academia.
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