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July 15, 2007
A quotation from the log of
comments on a recent
Lawrence Lessig article. WIDER_FIGHT
The author posts anonymously, claiming
to be a Washington Lobbyist of some
sort, and in this case I have no doubt
this is true:
"I'm someone who works in Washington,
so I'm posting as a coward."
"I've seen Lessig talk, read a lot of his
stuff, and must say that his announcement is
the most egomanical thing I've read in a
"First: Lessig doesn't know
Washington at all. He couldn't How can you kiss butt
pronounce Congressman Goodlate's name without getting the
correctly when Goodlatte was one of names right?
the top copyright people in town."
If Goodlatte were
"Second: activism isn't all wouldn't he care
on the net. You have to about the issues
show up and lobby once in a more than hearing
while. Lessig was absent If you don't his name?
most of the time." live in DC,
you don't count.
"Third: corruption? Lawyers and
lobbyists get paid to represent
interests. There were LOTS of Considering that Lessig is
paid guys running around DC a lawyer, I suspect that
advocating the exact same things he's familiar with the
Lessig does because they were concept of paid advocates.
paid to. Many corporations are
fighting copyright battles and You expect a hired
pay well to do it." advocate to repeat
what they're told.
"Whether you agree with People who hold
Greenpeace, hate GE, or just office, who sit
the opposite, there are paid on the bench...
people in DC arguing on your these we hold
behalf. They are ALL to a higher standard.
lobbyists. And that doesn't
make them corrupt. And it (Don't we?)
doesn't mean they are guns Protesting
used to the highest bidder a bit much,
either. Most believe what aren't we?
they advocate. Passionately."
didn't say anything
"Lessig may know copyrights, about lobbyists
but he don't know politics." being corrupt.
That lobbyists can be
*corrupting* that's an
My first thought:
This man's head is
jammed so far up
the beltway that
he can't see straight.
He doesn't know a broken
system when he sees it.
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