Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has announced his intention to explore a bid for the U.S. presidency.
By Labor Day, he will decide whether he has the support necessary to enter the Democratic primary.
His goals are rather unusual — he says, "I want to run to be a different kind of president.
'Different' not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term.
'Different,' quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs.
Once that is passed, I would resign, and the elected Vice President would become President."
His top picks for a running mate include Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Lessig calls it a "Presidency as referendum," a hack for the U.S. Constitution to give more power back to the citizens.
"In no plausible sense do we have a representative democracy in America today."
In an interview with the Washington Post, Lessig added, "Until we find a way to fix the rigged system, none of the other things that people talk about doing are going to be possible."