“There is not a single American awake to the world who is comfortable with the way things are. Every one of us has a sense that with our nation, something is not quite right.” So begins Lawrence Lessig’s America, Compromised (University of Chicago Press, 2018). The reason for this, Lessig (Harvard University, Professor of Law) argues is “that our institutions have become less worthy of our trust, that we have allowed these institutions to become corrupted and by doing so they no longer serve in the best interests of the people.” Lessig examines five of these institutions, Congress, the financial industry, the media, the academy and the law; how they came to be corrupted and the negative effects this has had on the ability of our government to function in the manner for which it was intended. Lessig concludes by offering some suggestions for remedying this situation, although he warns it won’t come easily or quickly. Join us for some thoughtful discussion into the problems we face and what we can do, if anything, to solve them.