Several years ago, attorney Philip K. Howard wrote a fascinating book, “The Death Of Common Sense,” in which he described how law is suffocating America. He’s written several since then, and was back on my show to discuss his latest, “The Rule Of Nobody: Saving America From Dead Laws and Broken Government,” which is about to be published in paperback.
Howard’s books aren’t political, and he doesn’t argue that government is bad. Rather, we discussed how many laws are written in a way that no one can understand, including the legislators who approve them, and that too often both time and words are wasted, getting in the way of good things that should be done. We also talked about how, in the private sector, fear of litigation has removed the ability for anyone to use their own discretion, because policies and rule books are so needlessly over-written.