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The Lost Art of Drawing the Line: How Fairness Went Too Far

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The Lost Art of Drawing the Line will appall and irritate — and entertain — readers every bit as much as Philip Howard’s first book. Why is it that no one can fix the schools? Why do ordinary judgements fill doctors with fear? Why are seesaws disappearing from playgrounds? Why has a wave of selfish people overtaken America?

In our effort to protect the individual against un
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 12th 2001 by Random Hose
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Matt
Jul 24, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Good book; pretty much confirmed my previously-held bias but overall a worthwhile read. Howard uses examples from the public sector that are easy to understand and reveal the obvious drawbacks of a society that places more value on the individual than on the community. People who cannot be fired or reprimanded because their superiors are afraid of the grievance that will be filed, teachers who are allowed to peddle mediocrity (at best) because of the strength of their union and the belief that t ...more
John
Jul 15, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about how law (and lawsuits), intended to be neutral and impartial, have become a weapon for self interest, and how legal anxiety permeates our society. The author makes some VERY good points about how out of control things are in our society. The problem (and the reason I gave it 2 stars) is that he seriously belabors the points he is making. I couldn't even finish it, because I found myself getting upset, and couldn't wade through the infuriating examples to get to any solution he ...more
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Mar 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I loved his argument. I will be reading his other two books as well. I would also like to read a counter argument in order to check my own analysis however, I have no idea where to find one. This book does not read like a work of fiction but it is quite fascinating all the same.

Lalena
Aug 12, 2012 Lalena rated it it was ok
Shelves: su-library
I didn't like this nearly as much as The Death of Common Sense. This one is a bit too whiny in tone.
JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it
Another great work by Howard - this time he shows how we've replaced judgment with rules and that, ironically, most of the structures designed to protect us merely weaken us further.
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Feb 01, 2008 Atchisson rated it really liked it
Great book. Points how the ridiculously vague and over-used expression of "fair" has been exploited and inflated beyond any real working definition or practical application.
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Philip K. Howard, a lawyer, advises leaders of both parties on legal and regulatory reform. He is chair of Common Good and a contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Philip K. Howard is a well-known leader of government and legal reform in America. His new book, The Rule of Nobody (W. W. Norton & Company, April 2014), has been praised by Fareed Zakaria as “an utterly compe
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