Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America

Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America

by Philip K. Howard


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Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America by Philip K. Howard

How to restore the can-do spirit that made America great, from the author of the best-selling The Death of Common Sense.
Americans are losing the freedom to make sense of daily choices—teachers can’t maintain order in the classroom, managers are trained to avoid candor, schools ban tag, and companies plaster inane warnings on everything: “Remove Baby Before Folding Stroller.”
Philip K. Howard’s urgent argument is full of examples, often darkly humorous. He describes the historical and cultural forces that led to this mess and lays out the basic shift in approach needed to fix it. Today we are flooded with legal threats that prevent us from taking responsibility. We must rebuild boundaries of law that protect an open field of freedom. The voices here will ring true to every reader. The analysis is powerful, and the solution unavoidable. What’s at stake, Howard explains in this seminal book, is the vitality of American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393338034
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,245,782
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Philip K. Howard is the founder of Common Good, a nonprofit that advocates for simplifying government. His book, The Rule of Nobody, was a finalist for the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Book Prize. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Boundaries of Law 15

Chapter 2 The Freedom to Take Risks 34

Chapter 3 The Authority to be Fair 49

Chapter 4 The Boundaries of Lawsuits 68

Chapter 5 Bureaucracy Can't Teach 93

Chapter 6 The Freedom to Judge Others 122

Chapter 7 Responsibility in Washington 150

Chapter 8 The Freedom to Make a Difference 178

Afterword: Finding Responsibility in the Age of Obama 200

Agenda for Change 209

References 211

Acknowledgments 223

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