Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Death of Common Sense

"The Death of Common Sense:"
How Law is Sufficating America
by Philip K Howard

The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom
by Philip K Howard

There is a temptation to secure liberty by restricting authority through the law, but this can be overdone, and it carries a high price: "Put law or any other formal construct in the middle of daily dealings, and people will start looking to the law instead of to one another." Then things get much worse: "The more our common institutions fail us, the more Americans want to limit their authority."

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