The Death of Common Sense by Philip Howard
How Law is Suffocating America

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A useful introductory essay that falters in failing to provide a definition of the ``common sense'' Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system.
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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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Author ResidenceNew York, NY


Author HometownKentuckyPHILIP K. HOWARD, a lawyer, has advised leaders of both parties on legal and regulatory reform. He is Founder and Chair of Common Good (CommonGood.org), which is building coalitions for basic overhaul of law and government.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Random House. 258 pages
Genres: Other, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 01 1994

A useful introductory essay that falters in failing to provide a definition of the ``common sense'' Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system.

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Brothers Judd

Good
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This book provides a devastating critique of the blizzard of rules and regulations that government has promulgated in the past century and the damage they have caused to our society & our economy.

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Scott London.

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The book provides numerous examples of how bureaucratic rigidity, costly and ineffective regulation, and overly complex procedural rules have superseded good judgement and common sense.

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