Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time

Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time

Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time

Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time

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This book falls into the literary genre of "things-I-must-get-off‐ my-chest." I have not minced words in doing so, since mincing words is a besetting contemporary sin (and that's something I needed to get off my chest). It is, therefore, more than usually important to absolve all who have helped me from any responsibility for what follows.

My thanks to Barbara Kelly, Debra Rosenthal, and Ann O'Reilly who were my research assistants during the period in which the book was conceived and written. My colleague David McConnell read and helpfully commented at length on the manuscript (I already wish I had taken more of his advice). Martin Kessler of Basic Books grappled with every page and saved me from myself in numerous instances.

Suzanne Theberge performed small miracles in getting my scratchings typed, and Virginia Linkovich gave crucial help in the stretch. My wife Eva put up with more than the usual outrageous claims of composition—for complete silence, "no plans" for three months, "don't ask me to do that," that "I just forgot," and so on.

Finally my thanks to my students in constitutional law over the past decade—many of whom will probably be glad to remain anonymous after reading the book. You made me do it!

RICHARD E. MORGAN
North Harpswell, Maine . . .

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