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… an institution can be corrupted in the same way Yeltsin was when individuals within that institution become dependent upon an influence that distracts them from the intended purpose of the institution. The distracting dependency corrupts the institution.

Larry Lessig from Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It
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The great evil that we as Americans face is the banal evil of second-rate minds who can’t make it in the private sector and who therefore turn to the massive wealth directed by our government as the means to securing wealth for themselves. The enemy is not evil. The enemy is well dressed.

* Larry Lessig, from Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop it.