Books Sandwiched In welcomes Mike Cohen
Join Mike Cohen for a discussion of Republic, Lost: The Corruption of Equality and the Steps to End It by Lawrence Lessig on Wednesday, August 24 at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium in this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.
In Republic, Lost, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig addresses corruption in campaign finance and corporate lobbying and how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Ultimately, Lessig calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted—but redeemable—representational system. He vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it.
"Whatever your political viewpoint, money is an issue in politics—overly helping to define who runs, who wins and how they serve once elected. If you read this book, you will want to see the system changed," Cohen said.
Cohen has extensive experience in newsrooms, government, and public relations agencies. His work has won numerous awards including two National Association for Television Programming Executive’s Iris Awards and four regional Emmys. Both the Associated Press and the Radio-Television News Directors Association have honored his work in virtually every category. Cohen worked as Information Director for Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, Communications Director for Knox County Schools, and Senior Director for Communications and Government Relations for Knox County. He has chaired Introduction Knoxville and the Knoxville Community Development Corporation board, served as a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, and as Vice President of the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts. Most importantly, he is an Eagle Scout himself.