One month ago, the streets of Hong Kong erupted in protest. After promising free elections, the Chinese government announced that a 1200 person nominating committee (that’s just .024% of Hong Kong’s population) would pick the candidates before the general election, prompting thousands to take to the streets.

As Harvard Law professor and MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig pointed out in this talk, Hong Kong’s system — where a small group of elites pick the candidates before the rest of the population can vote — bears an unnerving resemblance to the way elections work in the United States. So, how do we get things back on track?

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