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Whatever Happened to Justice?

Whatever Happened to Justice?, Revised Edition

by Richard J. Maybury



ISBN-13: 978-0-942617-46-7
ISBN-10: 0-942617-46-0
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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.


"Maybury challenges the reader to explore the inextricable connections between law and economics, and between economic and political liberty. I can think of no more important subject, and I highly recommend this lucid and thoughtful volume."  — William E. Simon, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

"There is a naked clarity to Maybury's thought that washes over the reader like cleansing rain. His examination of the dynamics of common law is brilliant. As a teacher for all ages, Mr. Maybury is a virtuoso. Bravo!"  — John Taylor Gatto, former New York State Teacher of the Year

"Richard Maybury's Whatever Happened to Justice? should be required reading for all who hold or aspire to hold public office, as well as for all members of the judicial system. It is a fitting companion volume to his earlier Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?"  — William P. Snavely, Professor Emeritus of Economics, George Mason University

"If our economic and political downfall is to be avoided, we must expose an entire generation of Americans to the ideas found in this wonderful book."  — Ron Paul, author and former member of the U.S. Congress

"Maybury is right. Our insane legal system is destroying our ability to tell right from wrong. It's ruining our families, our businesses, careers, and investments. We must return to rational law, and soon. Maybury shows the way, and offers specific how-to instructions that will be a great help in every part of our lives from boardroom to schoolroom to nursery."  — Gerald Schomp, former editor, World Market Perspective

Table of Contents for Whatever Happened to Justice?
Study Guide Available
Note to Reader
Author's Disclosure
About Richard J. Maybury
Author's Introduction

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?
42. Summary

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

To improve the student's learning experience, consider adding the Whatever Happened to Justice? student study guide A Bluestocking Guide: Justice to your student's curriculum.


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