Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard J. Maybury explores America's legal heritage, and shows what's gone wrong with our legal system and economy and how to fix it.
Mr. Maybury discusses the difference between higher law and man-made law, and the connection between rational law and economic prosperity.
Whatever Happened to Justice? introduces the Two Laws that Mr. Maybury writes are necessary for a civilization to develop and advance:
1) Do all you have agreed to do, and
2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist (Uncle Eric) writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew (Chris). Using stories and examples, Mr. Maybury gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.
Mr. Maybury warns, "beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. Many people are twice as smart as they think they are, but they've been intimidated into believing some topics are above them. You can understand almost anything if it is explained well."
Paperback. 256 pages, quality paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.
Reading level: Ages 14 through Adult.
Course Uses: Can be used for courses in Law, Economics, Business, Finance, Government and History.
Corresponding student study guide: A Bluestocking Guide: Justice
Series Information: Whatever Happened to Justice? is part of the 11 book series: Uncle Eric's Model of How The World Works.
Though there is a recommended order of reading for the series, the books can be read in any order, and each have been written to stand alone.
Table of Contents for Whatever Happened to Justice?
Study Guide Available
Note to Reader
About Richard J. Maybury
1. The Cause Is Law
2. A Higher Authority
3. A Higher Law
4. Two Kinds of Law
5. The Two Fundamental Laws
6. Enforcement of Early Common Law
7. How Do We Know If It's Law?
8. Logic and Atoms
9. Ambient Encroachment & Tacit Contracts
10. Economic Calculation
11. Force or Fraud
12. The Lawless West
13. Natural Rights
14. The Human Ecology
15. How Things Get Done
16. Political Law
17. Discovery vs. Enactment
18. Our New Religion
19. Common Law Wasn't Perfect
20. Liberty vs. Permission
21. Instability, Nuremberg and Abortion
22. Democracy and the Constitution
23. The Constitution: Highest Law of the Land?
24. Competing for Privilege
25. The Great Mystery
26. The Privilege and the Thrill
27. The Fun Is In the Playing
28. The Lessons of Simon Bolivar
29. Eating the Seed Corn
30. Origin of Government
31. Are Lawyers and Judges Corrupt?
32. So Why Do We Have a Government?
33. Unsolved Problem: Risk
34. Unsolved Problem: Capital Punishment
35. Unsolved Problem: The Environment
36. Unsolved Problem: Drugs
37. Unsolved Problem: War
38. Unsolved Problem: Irredentism
39. Unsolved Problem: Poverty
40. Unsolved Problem: Consumer Protection
41. Unsolved Problem: Are There More Rules?
A Memo from Richard Maybury (Uncle Eric)
Table Comparing Scientific vs. Political Law
Systems of Law Chart
Standard of Living Chart
Agreement Between Parent & Child
Agreement Between Teacher & Student
Thought-Provoking Movies About Law
Bibliography and Suggested Reading