Julian Sanchez interviews Larry Lessig, intellectual property reform apostle and potential member of congress. Not knowing the ins-and-outs of the situation, I can't really say whether or not Lessig would serve the district better than Jackie Speier. From a national interest point of view, however, Lessig's key issues are precisely the kind of thing that are structurally off-kiler in congress. The concentrated benefits of ever-stronger IP laws mean that for members of congress there's a clear downside to bucking Big Content but no clear upside. Having a member who just so happens to be personally passionate about these issues could make a big difference.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.