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Required reading for all public servants. Period.,
This review is from: The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America (Paperback)
This book has altered my thinking.
As a free-spirited, liberal-minded South African ex-patriot (now living in America), the ills I observed in this country that I routinely chalked up to half-baked lawmaking or the perils of a perpetual two-party, see-saw political system were really misguided.
In a country that has conspicuously prided itself on a "rule of law", what is in fact suffocating America, as Howard has intelligently profiled here, is an attempt by generations of public servants to micromanage human behavior in the tragically mistaken belief that all the causes and effects of our actions and interactions can be predicted.
This should be REQUIRED READING for all public servants in all sectors of government, large or small. Recognizing and understanding how our laws have stripped us, not just of the ability to exercise our common sense, but of our essential humanity and community is the key to re-empowering Americans with a sense or moral responsibility.
In fact, I'd submit that this nightmare legal construct in which we now find ourselves trapped may arguably be one of the greatest inherent flaws of the Grand Experiment.