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mortmain

Literally means “dead hand.”Originally referred to statutes passed in England in 1279 and 1290 to prevent transfers of property to the Church, which would keep the land in its “dead hand” forever and prevent the king from ever realizing any tax income from it. In modern times, mortmain statutes invalidated deathbed gifts to charities, upon the theory that the recipient may have been guilty of undue influence by promises of a rosy hereafter, making the gift suspicious. Today, most such statutes have been repealed. (Unhappy heirs wishing to contest last-minute charitable gifts may use the general theory of undue influence to make their case.)

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Consider how much easier it would be to achieve a flexible workforce without the dead hand of regulation defining scopes of practice.
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His argument in one brief--indeed, cursory--chapter is merely that no viable alternative to markets exists as a macroeconomic organizing principle, so that the triumph of liberalism sooner or later must arrive despite stubborn and effective resistance from the forces of the dead hand.
The shocking thing about Dead Hand is that the ideas that motivated these nightmares--like sequels to a horror movie in which the serial killers resurface time after time -- are still loose in the world.
So, since Congress is charged with declaring war, since we don't do that anymore, and since Bosnia--like other contingencies we can expect to face in the future--is strictly a peacekeeping mission anyway, maybe we're just tilting at phantom windmills and letting our, selves be strangled by the dead hand of constitutionalism by belaboring this Bosnia thing.
In the most obvious example, it was the gay black Chicago dj Frankie Knuckles who invented the lean, pared-down sound of house music, and thus helped liberate disco and dance culture from the dead hand of the corporate record industry, with its costly aristocracy moguls and superstars.
When Bonaventure became minister general of the Franciscan Order in 1257, he "understood that the only way to unfasten the grip of Francis's dead hand was to offer an alternative that would transform Francis's history into a new, less action-oriented, and less radical message" (147).
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It has also been reported that we had a trade deficit of PS55bn last year with the EU and are also now exporting more of our goods to countries outside the EU, which would continue when we are rid of the dead hand of Europe with its continual petty regulation edicts which are mostly to justify its own existence.
This was the effect of the dead hand of nationalisation on our railway system and it is only a matter of luck that the lines surrounding Harbury survived to become the success they are today.
Jon Cruddas has warned that the top of the party wields a "profound dead hand at the centre" that blocks plans.
He said: "We are often called the dead hand of bureaucracy and told we should keep out of the way.