In his new book, Gag Rule: On the Stifling of Dissent and Democracy, Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham offers a short tour of political dissent in American history and shows that voices of protest have never been so locked out of the mainstream political conversation as they are now. As a result, he argues, we face a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history. Hear one of America's most important voices of protest discuss his urgent new polemic about the stifling of the American public's capacity for meaningful dissent at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to our country's wealthy few.
Lewis Lapham is well known as editor of Harper’s Magazine. He first served as editor from 1975-81, and returned to the helm in 1983 when he was given carte blanche to redesign the longest-lived periodical of general interest in the United States.
Pamela Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School, teaches civil procedure, civil rights litigation, criminal procedure and legal regulation of the political process. She is particularly interested in voting rights issues and was widely consulted by the news media in the wake of the 2000 presidential election.