The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America

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Random House Publishing Group, May 3, 2011 - Law - 256 pages
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“We need a new idea of how to govern. The current system is broken. Law is supposed to be a framework for humans to make choices, not the replacement for free choice.” So notes Philip K. Howard in the new Afterword to his explosive manifesto The Death of Common Sense. Here Howard offers nothing less than a fresh, lucid, practical operating system for modern democracy. America is drowning—in law, lawsuits, and nearly endless red tape. Before acting or making a decision, we often abandon our best instincts. We pause, we worry, we equivocate, and then we divert our energy into trying to protect ourselves. Filled with one too many examples of bureaucratic overreach, The Death of Common Sense demonstrates how we—and our country—can at last get back on track.

 

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User Review  - beaurichly - LibraryThing

I have recommended this book to dozens of people and can't wait to dig it out of storage and re-read over the holidays. My big takeaway from the book was that at some point in the past, public ... Read full review

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

The author is a practicing corporate lawyer. His research on legal regulations across a broad horizon finds that the detailed volume of law is un-read, expensive, and often defeats the stated purposes ... Read full review

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AUTHORS NOTE ON REFORM ACTIVITIES
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