Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.

So Larry Lessig, apparently dissatisfied with the “win at any cost” approach of the Bernie Sanders campaign, wants to run for President

Instead, Lessig has become enamored of a plan of his own, which he's referred to as "a hack of the political system." He wants to focus both his campaign and his possible presidency overwhelmingly on one piece of legislation — to the extent that he'll resign if and when he manages to enact it into law. Only an incredibly unorthodox strategy like this, he thinks, has a chance of building up an overwhelming public mandate to get a serious reform law through Congress.

As for what would be included in that law, Lessig hasn't completely nailed that down yet. Campaign finance reform will be part of it — Lessig wants to give small donors vouchers for campaign donations, among other changes — as will reforms intended to make voting easier and an overhaul of how House of Representatives members are elected. But he says further details will be "crowdsourced" if he ends up running — which he says he'll do if he raises $1 million by Labor Day (he's currently above $600,000).

”Sanders is great, but he is running a campaign to win, not to govern," Lessig wrote on Reddit. "Like Obama 8 years ago, he is talking about the problem, but not giving us a plan for how it will be fixed."

Politics, especially at the national level, is extremely frustrating. You have to talk to and fight with all sorts of terrible people, you have to make unsavory compromises, and you get, at best, the least worst option. On top of that, the issues are huge and extraordinarily complex.

Given that, I can understand the appeal of the sort of “hack the system” approach that Lessig is proposing. If it would work, it would be a lot easier than a long slog for a watered-down compromise.

The thing is, it’s not going to work. It is not going to work for the same reason that eating that one super-food isn’t going to automatically make you healthy and help you lose forty pounds, or that sorting your email into a magical folder system isn’t going to suddenly eliminate the problems of getting your work done, or that leftover grease from the McDonalds dumpster isn’t going resolve our dependency on fossil fuels.

Complicated, large-scale problems do not have simple, easy solutions. Complicated things are complicated, and anyone claiming otherwise is either naive or trying to sell you something. In this case, I suspect Lessig is the former.

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