Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America

Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America

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by Phillip K Howard, Warner Books
     
 

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This concise and eloquent manifesto shows how the excess of government regulations does not protect Americans but instead acts as legal quicksand, stifling growth and creating paralyzing overbureaucratization. Using blood-boiling examples of government regulations run amok, Howard reveals a society in which rules have replaced thinking—allowing law to

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This concise and eloquent manifesto shows how the excess of government regulations does not protect Americans but instead acts as legal quicksand, stifling growth and creating paralyzing overbureaucratization. Using blood-boiling examples of government regulations run amok, Howard reveals a society in which rules have replaced thinking—allowing law to infiltrate the nooks and crannies of everyday life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lawyer Howard's indictment of governmental bureaucracy and excessive regulations was a PW bestseller for 25 weeks. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The nuns of the Missionaries of Charity believed two abandoned buildings in New York City would make ideal homeless shelters. The city agreed and offered to sell the building for one dollar each. Yet the shelter project faltered: the city's bureaucracy imposed such expensive remodeling requirements on the buildings that the shelter plans were scrapped. To Howard, an attorney practicing in New York City, this is but one of many examples of the law's suffocating Americans by extensive decrees on what may and may not be done. His book is truly a catalog of horror stories, actually quite engrossing and adding to the story of public inefficiencies chronicled by David Osborne's Reinventing Government (Addison-Wesley, 1992). What Howard does not do as well, however, is offer guidance on remedies. His answer seems to be that we should take personal responsibility, gather up our courage, and step out into the sunlight away from government's shadow. More highly recommended as a study of the negative impact of law is Walter K. Olson's The Litigation Explosion (LJ 2/15/91) even though its focus is on lawsuits and the courts.-Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446672283
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,169,555
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Death of Common Sense 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Tenor62 More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all elected officials. Voters will get good insight into the process of government.
Purefiller More than 1 year ago
Despite being just a little bit redundant on examples to support his argument the author makes a very compelling case for how we got to the legal mess we're in. Without a doubt one of the most significant books ever written about this topic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every American citizen should read this book. As Thomas Jefferson said 'A nation who wishes to remain free and ignorant expects what never was and never will be.' He went on to say that education is the best way to guard ourselves against the imposition of just the things that Howard discusses in his book. There's so much to say, but rather I'll just strongly suggest you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you live in the same country that Howard speaks of, you'll enjoy this short book. He uses many specific cases about the rigidity and stupidity of government regulations. This books does a good job of pointing out the problems with our bureaucracies, but fails to give solutions. All things being said, this is a good and interesting book. It would make a great present for anybody that is frustrated with our large centralized government.
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