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Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition (Uncle Eric #3)

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Whatever Happened to Justice? explains the Legal Model and explores America s legal heritage. This book is selling all over the world. Readers tell us it causes them to think like nothing has in years. Whatever Happened to Justice? shows what s gone wrong with our legal system and economy and how to fix it. It also contains lots of helpful hints for improving family relati ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Bluestocking Press (first published 1992)
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Oct 28, 2010 Girly rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Maybury. Uncle Eric books should be required reading for high schoolers, if not middle schoolers. It still amazes me how much of this I didn't even learn in school way back when, and they are definitely not teaching this to kids nowadays.

I believe we'd be living in a much different world today if a strong grasp of Economics and the Justice System (and the history of each) were required in public schools.

***I was just reading some of the reviews on this book and although the
Jun 04, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute must-read. Not only do I want to own this book in my library of classics, I desire the entire series. I am excited to read it to, and with my children and discuss the topics it adresses.

I can understand now why other reviewers of this book state that if there was only ONE change they could make to the American Public High School Curriculum, they would make Maybury's "Uncle Eric" books required reading and toss the other textbooks out.

This book helped me understand the W
Caroline Potterf
May 15, 2011 Caroline Potterf rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely brilliant. So much sense, reason and organized thought! This book is empowering and I feel that all adults should be fully aware of Common Law. I am very excited to read more about it... This book is a fantastic place to start.

A quick note about the book itself, not its subject: It is written to be engaging at all times. I really appreciate that, after a lame high school education using drab textbooks. This book is written as an uncle to his nephew, in letter-form. Each
Victoria Gurr
Mar 18, 2008 Victoria Gurr rated it it was amazing
This book was really good at explaining laws, and the judicial system in america.
Jul 30, 2013 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, economics, law
I am really enjoying this series of Uncle Eric books about economics and law. Each book basically covers one topic so you can either read it quickly or delve into it and learn a great deal. In this book, he discusses the two basic systems of law, common and political law, and how each affects the economic prosperity of the people. Common law came out of religious laws and clergymen were frequently the intermediaries who helped settle disputes. They would hear each side and then study their relig ...more
Celeste Batchelor
My opinion of this books cannot be expressed enough in this review. Whatever Happened to Justice?, along with it's predecessor Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, simply explain in layman's terms the extent of what our society is missing today in economics and law. I HIGHLY recommend them to all. They are written for about high school level, even though some bright middle schoolers could probably understand them. They are best used in a discussion setting. We have found them to be very enlighteni ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any American citizen.
This should be must reading for all those who think character doesn't matter as long as the economy is good. In this book Mr. Maybury explores America's legal heritage and explains the two kinds of law -- the higher law and man-made or political law. He shows how substituting the latter for the former causes the economy to suffer. He also explains two laws on which all major religions and philosophies agree that are the basis of our common law. When politicians make laws that displace this commo ...more
Aria Maher
Jul 05, 2016 Aria Maher rated it liked it
This book is very interesting and explains common law and political law in an eye opening way, but I don't really agree with some of Richard Maybury's arguments. For example, he says that all government is inherently evil. Although people make mistakes and power can be corrupting, that doesn't make the idea of government itself evil, especially from a Christian point of view, where the highest form of government, that being God Himself, is true goodness itself. However, he does do a good job sho ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Furbjr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Libertarians, Conservatives, Advocates for Justice
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This book, written as a series of letters from Eric doing his avuncular duties towards his nephew, are laying the groundwork for the return to common law. Whatever Happened to Justice exposes, in language that any high school student should be able to understand, the difference between statutory law and common law. That is to say the differences between the laws decreed by the ruling clas
Dawn Oswald
Jul 15, 2013 Dawn Oswald rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book and should be read by all who wish to know about the impact of economics on our justice system as well as the history of law. Mr. Maybury is clear and concise in his analysis of various aspects of the law and our society- where we started and where we have ended up. Although written in 1992, I find it very interesting that many of the same topics discussed around the nation today were being discussed then. I can't wait to read the next "Uncle Eric" book and would love t ...more
May 18, 2013 JP rated it it was amazing
Once again, Uncle Eric explains clearly and concisely the fundamentals we have forgotten. He focuses this time on our system of justice, especially the abandonment of common and higher law. If more people understood these concepts, our world would improve. He addresses that there are some unresolved problems, and offers some direction toward solving them (example: capital punishment completely ignores the tradition of restitution). This book reminds us that democracy can easily become a tyranny ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
My colleagues and I each received a copy of this book as a company Christmas present. I thought it would be boring, but it's actually very interesting and absorbing. It's about the connection between economics and law, and the difference between common law and political law. In brief, common law is natural law, based on moral absolutes, while political law is force wielded by whoever is in power.
May 16, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This great book gives a fabulous, detailed description of America's legal system today and how it relates to the original ideals of the Founders and the Constitution. A definate must-read for everyone interested in law or the legal system, and a very highly reommended read for every single American!! I appreciated the perspective and style - I really enjoyed this book, and I think you will, too!!

May 21, 2013 Sally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is centered on the two fundamental principles: "Do everything you have agreed to" and "Do not encroach on others". The author, a libertarian, talks about the history of common/natural law and how it was supplanted by political law. Yet another reminder of how the government messes things up and should be much smaller and less encroaching than it is now!
Aug 27, 2008 Ken rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants there minds opened.
"Whatever Happened to Justice?" Has been a life changing book for me. I look at everything that is happening around me in a diffrent light dealing with politics, and how this country is what it is.
Nov 08, 2010 Audrina rated it it was amazing
I think this is very insightful into government. This book was written in 93' and I think it is interesting that he was right on in the direction of our country. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from him.
Jul 09, 2015 Deann rated it it was amazing
As so many others have said, this is a must read. It's a great book to understand the complexities of our evolved government without being difficult to understand. Gives some great points to consider concerning where we've gone overboard.
Shane Clark
Jan 22, 2014 Shane Clark rated it really liked it
A really simple, clear, and thoughtful look at what constitutes law, justice, and governance. If you want to teach young adults (or smart kids or yourself) some important lessons about what political power is and how it should (and, more importantly, shouldn't) be used, this is a terrific book.
Dec 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the "Uncle Eric" books, both on my own and to my kids. This latest installment was the clearest, most definitive discussion of natural law, common law and political law that I have ever read. Highly recommended.
May 11, 2014 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
According to Maybury, the two essential laws are:
1. Do all you have agreed to do and
2. Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
There is a lot of good stuff in this book. Highly recommended.
Apr 02, 2011 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing
Do all that you have agreed to do and do not encroach on the rights/property of others. Enough said.
Molly Christensen
Apr 09, 2008 Molly Christensen rated it it was amazing
Great book on politics, government and how that's related to economics. Easy to read and very clear.
Jun 24, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the justice system we use and how far it has strayed from the intent of the founding fathers!
Aug 19, 2009 Steven rated it really liked it
Great book on law, government, what's wrong with ours, and how we got there. Highly recommended for everyone!
Rino Watch
Sep 30, 2012 Rino Watch rated it it was amazing
This was the lost puzzle piece that explained the gaps in what happened to the Founders' America. Easy to read, pleasant, one of the best books I have ever read.
Maren Brudnicki
Jul 18, 2008 Maren Brudnicki rated it really liked it
Real eye opener. I like this author, he brings tough subjects to a really easy to understand level. A good read...especially during an election year.
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This book talks about how the idea of justice has been changed through the centuries. The author is a libertarian and provides many interesting viewpoints.
Jo Ann
May 28, 2012 Jo Ann rated it really liked it
Great introduction to the whole idea of natural law vs. political law. Great for building young libertarians.
Ryan Condie
Jun 05, 2014 Ryan Condie rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. A must read.
Sep 11, 2016 Sean rated it it was amazing
good book you can learn a lot from it
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