September 2007

Not Gov, Not the Market...Institutions for the Commons

September 20, 2007

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Money influences the recipient's choices, picking of words, relations or taste? <a href="http://lessig.org/blog/2007/08/on_clinton_and_lobbyists.html">No doubt</a>. Looking to myself doing business or playing politics discovering ourselves, years later reflecting on how much I liked the games that I received money and prestige for playing. </p>

<p>Politics is about one-person, one-vote; and business and market games are about one-dollar, one-"vote".</p>

<p> Lobbyism breaks this healthy boundary, flooding corporate business money into politicians' budgets and transforming politics into a game of elites far away from  the life of the crowd. All this is very obvious; what is not obvious is when -if ever- the crowd will react to it. </p>

<p>There is a different perspective on this history a bit broader than asking for the lobbyists to be fair. This is basically the perspective brought by the people that is claiming that the big missing actor, abused and ignored in the current version of Capitalism, is "the Commons" as articulated, for instance by <a href="http://capitalism3.com/">Peter Barnes</a> in his Capitalism 3.0. Lobbyism plays a role in the battles of the elites...reforming Lobyism will not contribute to the revival of the Commons.</p>