Rights Gone Wrong

How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality

Richard Thompson Ford

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Since the 1960s, ideas developed during the civil rights movement have been astonishingly successful in the fight against overt discrimination. But can they combat the whole spectrum of social injustice---including conditions that aren’t directly caused by bigotry? In Rights Gone Wrong, Richard Thompson Ford argues that extremists on both sides of the political divide have hijacked civil rights for personal advantage, diverting our attention from serious social injustices. Is equality really served by endless litigating and legislating against every grievance or slight? Brilliantly argued, shrewd, and lively, Rights Gone Wrong offers "a crisp analysis of the limits of our civil rights laws and a prescription for how to move beyond them" (Kirkus Reviews).

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Entitlement and Advantage
 
 
Now you want me to tell you my opinion on autism…? A fraud, a racket. For a long while we were hearing that every minority child had asthma … Why was there an asthma epidemic amongst minority children? Because I’ll tell you why: the children got extra welfare if they were disabled, and they got extra help in school. It was a money racket … Now the illness du jour is autism. You know what autism is? I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been

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"Rights Gone Wrong is sharp and surprising, and casts the discrimination debate in a clarifying new light."---Jeffrey Rosen, The New York Times Book Review

"Ford has written a highly accessible narrative that underscores the need for Americans to roll up their sleeves and do the heavy lifting necessary to address persistent economic and racial inequality….With this book, Ford has in effect contributed a new placard to the American protest march."---America magazine

"Cogent…A rationalist analysis of the efficacy of a multitude of antidiscrimination laws…All sides can learn much from Ford’s thinking."---Publishers Weekly

"Persuasive…This subject tends to produce polemical writing on both sides, but Ford is consistently measured and thought-provoking. Recommended to anyone interested in public affairs."---Library Journal


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Read the Kirkus Review of RIGHTS GONE WRONG How Law Ignores Common Sense and Undermines Social Justice. A law professor argues against the harmful misuse of our civil-rights laws.
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Richard Thompson Ford

Richard Thompson Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is a regular contributor to Slate and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Rights Gone Wrong
How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality
Richard Thompson Ford

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250013927
ISBN10: 1250013925
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374250355
ISBN10: 0374250359
6 x 9 inches, 288 pages, Notes and an Index
$27.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
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ISBN: 9781429969253
ISBN10: 1429969253
320 pages, Notes
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