Murray spends the first third of his book explaining what’s so wretched about our democracy today. ...
You can all fill in the blanks. Murray's points here would only remind you how doomed we are. Let's get to the good stuff: Answers!
A Republican president and GOP congressional majorities would not set things right. The system is too ingrained, and besides, Murray admits, Republicans are no better than Democrats at constraining government or upholding individual liberties. (This is not an anti-Obama book; Murray sees the current president as symptom, not cause.) Tired of waiting for America to do the right thing, he wants it to do the wrong thing in service of a righteous cause.
How, you ask?
The regulatory state has two related weaknesses, he explains: It relies on voluntary compliance, and its enforcement capabilities are far inferior to its expansive mandate. So he proposes a private legal defense fund — the “Madison Fund,” honoring the father of the Constitution — that businesses and citizens can rely on for representation against federal regulators. By engaging in expensive and time-consuming litigation on behalf of clients that refuse to comply with pointless rules, the fund drains the government’s enforcement resources and eventually undercuts its ambitions. The state can compel submission from an individual or company with the threat of ruinous legal proceedings, Murray writes, “but Goliath cannot afford to make good on that threat against hundreds of Davids.”
Sounds like a good idea. Where's their Kickstarter page?
The review makes it sound interesting. I may read this one, in 2020 or so, after the other million books I've promised to read.
Update: Sic & link to article added. Can't believe I missed that.