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Try Common Sense Reviews and Endorsements

Various Publications, February 1, 2019


Read reviews and endorsements of Philip’s new book, Try Common Sense, including from TIME and Kirkus Reviews, as well as leading thinkers such as Jonathan Haidt, Mary Ann Glendon, and Sen. Al Simpson.

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Excerpt: Can Common Sense Fix Our Broken Democracy?

Philip K. Howard, America Magazine , June 14, 2019


America Magazine excerpts Try Common Sense.

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Review: No, Really, Try Common Sense

Quin Hillyer, Washington Examiner, June 6, 2019


Quin Hillyer writes that Try Common Sense is “masterful” and “engrossingly readable and wise.” He concludes: “Demand that your elected officials read it – and act according to Howard’s advice.”

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Review: Regulation Nation: Is a Surplus of Rules Strangling US Business?

Gillian Tett, Financial Times, June 6, 2019


Gillian Tett calls Try Common Sense “a thunderous little book.”

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Review: The Limits of Common Sense

Charlotte Allen, Law & Liberty, May 27, 2019


Charlotte Allen describes Try Common Sense as “an engagingly written and never-dull aperçu that pinpoints with deadly accuracy in only a few pages so much that is wrong with the current American administrative state.”

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Review: Try Common Sense

Marshall B. Kapp, Florida Bar Journal, May 1, 2019


Marshall Kapp of the Florida State University College of Medicine reviews Try Common Sense, writing that the book will likely appeal “to tomorrow’s statesmen interested in promoting the kind of governing philosophy integral to the design and practical functioning of a good...society.”

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A Radical Centrist Platform for 2020

Philip K. Howard, The Hill, April 13, 2019


Philip defines a radical centrist platform for 2020. “The best model for modern government is to revive the framework of democratic responsibility designed by the Framers,” he writes. “Replace red tape with human responsibility at all levels of society.”

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Don’t Knock a Third Party—It Might Be the Only Good Option

Philip K. Howard, Daily Beast, March 18, 2019


Philip argues that what’s needed in 2020 is not just a new centrist candidate, but a new party aimed at fixing broken government and liberating Americans to make practical choices.

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Excerpt: Revive the Moral Mandate

Philip K. Howard, RealClear Books, February 22, 2019


RealClear Books excerpts Philip’s Try Common Sense, focusing on what he argues are the core values needed for a healthy society.

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Excerpt: Fixing Washington Requires a New Governing Vision—Improving the Current Government Is Not Enough

Philip K. Howard, Newsweek, February 13, 2019


Newsweek excerpts Philip’s Try Common Sense.

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Review: Procedure Without Accountability

Jonathan Leaf, City Journal, February 12, 2019


City Journal reviews Philip’s Try Common Sense, writing: “Try Common Sense runs to barely more than 160 small pages. Its significance and scope, however, are the equal of much thicker books.”

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Review: To Beat D.C. Gridlock, Hire Outsiders to Rewrite All the Rules

Robert Litan, Washington Post, February 10, 2019


Brookings’ Bob Litan reviews Try Common Sense in the Washington Post, writing: “He makes a convincing case that in many ways government doesn’t work.”

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