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"From Barack Obama (Harvard and Chicago) to Bill and Hillary Clinton (Yale), many of our national leaders today emerge from the rarefied air of the nation's top law schools. The ideas taught there in one generation often wind up shaping national policy in the next. The trouble is, as Walter Olson explains in this book, our elite law schools keep churning out ideas that are catastrophically bad for America. Rights to sue anyone over anything in class actions? Hatched in legal academia. Court orders mandating mass release of prison inmates? Ditto. The movement for slavery reparations? Court takeovers of school funding, at taxpayers' expense? It's not by coincidence, Olson argues, that these bad ideas all tend to confer more power on the law schools' own graduates. In the overlawyered society that results, they are the ones who become the real rulers. And the worst is yet to come, the book demonstrates, as a fast-rising movement in the law schools demands that sovereignty over U.S. legal disputes be handed over to international law and transnational courts.
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The hatchery of bad ideas The forces of unanimity Careerism saves the day The higher volumes The authority business The classroom of advocacy Poor pitiful Gulliver The permanent government "Responsibilities flow eternal" Forever unsettled : the return of Indian claims " ... the movement made global" Seized and detained Conclusion.