The Law in Shambles
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The Law in Shambles

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It's an enduring axiom: before there is democracy, there is rule of law. Thomas Geoghegan argues here in his lively pamphlet that as the pillars of the American legal system are crumbling, so too is the American democracy.

Geoghegan convincingly explains how the 2000 presidential election was only the first sign that justice is now driven by party politics. He notes how eve...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Prickly Paradigm Press
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The author makes a good argument of the causes for many things that are wrong with the country today. However, his solutions, I think, are probably too simplistic to change the direction in which we are heading. I especially like his idea of changing the way congressional districts are determined. I'm a little scared by the idea of an entire nation using mail ballots. That fear may just stem from living in Cook County.
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I keep wanting to downgrade this book for being short and not making sense, but it's too fun.

Geoghegan screams at everyone and everything for not following a somewhat incoherent version of liberalism. The surprising twists of his ire -- both target and reason -- make this "cri de couer" different from your runaday screed. Also, he seems to be in good humor even though it's a jeremiad.
Short and excellent screed. You may not agree with everything (I didn't), but an excellent retort to today's arguments coming from the right.
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Thomas Geoghegan received national attention when he ran as a progressive candidate for Rahm Emanuels congressional seat in 2009 (and was endorsed by Barbara Ehrenreich, James Fallows, Thomas Frank, James K. Galbraith, Hendrik Hertzberg, Alex Kotlowitz, Sara Paretsky, Rick Perlstein, Katha Pollitt, David Sirota, Garry Wills, and Naomi Wolf, among others). He is a practicing attorney and the author...more
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