- Paperback: 548 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; 62234th edition (March 19, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674308093
- ISBN-13: 978-0674308091
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws 62234th Edition
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Epstein has convinced me...that the abuses of the anti-discrimination laws are so intimately connected with misconceptions in the laws themselves that any benefits from them will always be far outweighed by the harm they do. (Harry V. Jaffa Wall Street Journal)
Forbidden Grounds covers not only laws on racial discrimination but also sex discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination. Never has the whole range of anti-discrimination laws been subjected to such a thorough and penetrating critique. No one who writes on this subject again can be taken seriously if he [or she] does not confront the analysis presented here by Epstein. (Thomas Sowell Forbes)
About the Author
Richard A. Epstein is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
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While I disagree with the final premise, I am not saying that this is not an important book to read. Epstein is, as always, a fantastic writer and strong persuader. Worst comes to worst you will have a great time arguing with the pages.
If you accept the libertarian premises that state redistribution is theft and that private contracting should always be respected, Epstein's arguments do follow. I would say that that just shows how flawed libertarianism is. Society has an undoubted interest in combating private discrimination and the resulting inequalities.
Still, whatever you think of his conclusions, Epstein contributes to clarifying the debate.