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Another excellent book from Philip K Howard
on March 12, 2010
If you have read The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America or The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom, this book won't contain many surprises. Howard writes with intelligence and passion about how excessive regulation and litigation crushes civic life and makes America a worse place. His examples are well chosen, his analysis convincing, his writing clear and evocative, and his solutions vaguely unsatisfying. Perhaps in response to personal attacks he suffered after the publication of his earlier books, Howard provides more personal information in this book, describing how his father's mental illness leaves him a fierce protector of the rights of the disadvantaged.
I'd give the book four and a half stars if I could, only because Howard has effectively tackled only the easy side of the problem -- pointing out that it exists. His solutions seem inadequate or incomplete. We need leaders, perhaps a crisis will help, you should join organizations promoting changes in the way medical malpractice cases are handled, visit my website. OK, but even if every person who reads this book does everything Howard suggests, can it outweigh the natural imbalance between the inertia of large groups of people who are each hurt only slightly by a problem (and who may not perceive the problem at all) versus the large organizations that benefit from the status quo?