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Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival

Thomas O. McGarity

Abstract

To what extent is economic freedom good? This book tells the story of how the business community, and the trade associations and think tanks that it created, launched three powerful assaults during the last quarter of the twentieth century on the federal regulatory system and the state civil justice system, to accomplish a revival of the laissez faire political economy which dominated Gilded Age America. Although the consequences of these assaults became painfully apparent in a confluence of crises during the early twenty-first century, the patch-and-repair fixes that Congress and the Obama ad ... More

Keywords: business community, trade associations, think tanks, economic freedom, federal regulatory system, civil justice system, political economy, Gilded Age America, Obama administration, consumers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300141245
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300141245.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas O. McGarity, author