I get really frustrated by the continual focus on Citizens United, because in my opinion that court decision *makes perfect sense* and is *the right decision* — but only so long as you consider corporations people.
So much of progressive politics seems to be focused on fixing or attacking the superficial problems rather than the underlying structure from which those problems arise. Lessig is right in his focus on campaign financing as being the linchpin that must be pulled before we can address much else, but attempting to overturn Citizens United directly is the wrong way to go about it. We need a legislative solution to campaign finance — the courts cannot *make* law, they can only strike it down, and yet this is a situation where new law (that passes constitutional muster) is needed.
The same is true of getting rid of the plurality voting system. In my mind this is the single largest distorting force in our democracy — if we can’t elect a third-party candidate in this year when both major party candidates are so strongly disapproved of, then the notion that we have an open and inclusive system is entirely a sham.