The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

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The secret to good government is a question no one in Washington is asking: a€œWhata€™s the right thing to do?a€ Whata€™s wrong in Washington is deeper than you think. Yes, therea€™s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. But hidden underneath is something bigger and more destructive. Ita€™s a broken governing system. From that comes wasteful government, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship. Rules have replaced leadership in America. Bureaucracy, regulation, and outmoded law tie our hands and confine policy choices. Nobody asks, a€œWhata€™s the right thing to do here?a€ Instead, they wonder, a€œWhat does the rule book say?a€ Therea€™s a fatal flaw in Americaa€™s governing systema€”trying to decree correctness through rigid laws will never work. Public paralysis is the inevitable result of the steady accretion of detailed rules. America is now run by dead peoplea€”by political leaders from the past who enacted mandatory programs that churn ahead regardless of waste, irrelevance, or new priorities. America needs to radically simplify its operating system and give peoplea€”officials and citizens alikea€”the freedom to be practical. Rules cana€™t accomplish our goals. Only humans can get things done. In The Rule of Nobody Philip K. Howard argues for a return to the framersa€™ vision of public lawa€”setting goals and boundaries, not dictating daily choices. This incendiary book explains how America went wrong and offers a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century.Sixtyfive percent ofAmericans favored the actualbill proposed:Frank Newport, a€œ Americans WantedGun Background ... 135 anchoredin the statusquo: Political leaders arelagging indicators, but they, too, arestarting to comprehend the reality of noforward movement. ... See also DrewGriffin and David Fitzpatrick, a€œRetiring Congresswoman Leads 2013Lobbying Revolving Door, a€ ... Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963), dreamspeech.pdf.

Title:The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government
Author:Philip K. Howard
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-04-14


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