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The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America


“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…

Submitted:Dec 3, 2011
Author:Philip K. Howard
Brand:Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Category:Administrative Law
14 diggs • 0 comments • Dec 3, 2011 The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America - Philip K. Howard - (How to Fix Regulation!)

Philip Howard's insights help us understand why government appears arbitrary, almost never able to deal with real-life problems in a way which reflects an understanding of the situation. Peppered with pointed anecdotes about absurd regulatory inflexibility and the lack of the use of judgement, Howard's book reveals that we have concocted a system of regulation that "goes too far while it does too little."


Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President

Over the course of more than three years of research, Jerome Corsi assembles the evidence that Barack Obama is constitutionally ineligible for the office of the presidency. As a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard graduate, and investigative journalist, Corsi exposes in detail key issues with Obama's eligibility, including the fact the President has spent millions of dollars in legal fees to avoid providing the American people with something as simple as a long-form birth certificate…

Submitted:Apr 20, 2011
Author:Jerome Corsi
Brand:WND Books
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Category:Constitutional Law
4 diggs • 2 comments • Apr 20, 2011 Where's the Birth Certificate? Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President (9781936488292): Corsi Jerome: Books


Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world--marijuana and alcohol. Through an objective examination of the two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol?

Marijuana Is Safer reaches for a broad audience…

Submitted:Aug 21, 2009
Author:Steve Fox
Brand:Chelsea Green Publishing
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Category:Medical Law & Legislation
5 diggs • 0 comments • Aug 21, 2009 Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (9781603581448): Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert, Norm Stamper: Books


A Kind and Just Parent

Through brilliant storytelling, Ayers captures the lives and personalities of young people caught in the juvenile justice system and urges us to change the way we think about kids and crime.

"Ayers's book does for incarcerated kids . . . what Studs Terkel has done for the city's working folks, [and] what Alex Kotlowitz has done for the residents of its housing projects."

—Anthony Platt, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Based on his observations as a teacher in Chicago's Juvenile Court system, the nation's largest institution of juvenile justice. . . . The book offers a view of delinquent youths you won't see much of on the evening news."

Submitted:Oct 7, 2008
Author:William Ayers
Brand:Beacon Press
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Category:Child Advocacy
5 diggs • 0 comments • Oct 7, 2008 A Kind and Just Parent: Bill Ayers

In a well-written and profoundly disturbing book, Ayers, who teaches offenders in Chicago's juvenile court system, is a brilliant storyteller. His book portrays the lives of his students--both within the juvenile temporary detention center and on the "outside."