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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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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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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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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How Distrust Breeds Dysfunction

Philip K. Howard, Niskanen Center, February 5, 2019

The Niskanen Center excerpts portions of Try Common Sense, including "Ten principles for a practical society."

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Bureaucracy vs. Democracy (Full Essay)

Philip K. Howard, Center on Capitalism and Society, February 4, 2019

Philip prepared this essay, adapted in part from Try Common Sense, for a February 2019 forum co-hosted by Common Good and the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.

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Bureaucracy vs. Democracy

Philip K. Howard, American Interest, February 1, 2019

In an essay adapted in part from Try Common Sense, Philip diagnoses the bureaucratic causes of public failure, economic repression, and voter alienation.

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Book of the Week

RealClear Books, February 1, 2019

RealClear Books names Philip’s Try Common Sense “Book of the Week,” writing: “Howard picks up where he left off with 'The Death of Common Sense’…tapping into bipartisan unrest and prescribing three basic reforms…in an effort to restore power to the people.”

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Replace Washington

Philip K. Howard, New York Post, January 27, 2019

Philip argues that Washington can’t be repaired, it must be replaced. He proposes a basic proposal for how Washington can work again: Replace the dense bureaucracy, and put humans in charge again.

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Try Common Sense and Dump Old Right-Left Ideologies

Nick Gillespie, Reason, January 16, 2019

Nick Gillespie discusses Philip’s new book, Try Common Sense, arguing that Philip “offers up concrete proposals not just to reform government but to route around it and get on with our lives already.”

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Decentralize the Feds!

Robert Whitcomb, GoLocalProv, January 13, 2019

Robert Whitcomb discusses Philip’s proposal in Try Common Sense to move federal agencies out of Washington, writing: “Such moves would liberate more federal employees to take decisions in the public interest.”

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11 New Books to Read This January

TIME, January 4, 2019

Philip’s new book, Try Common Sense, was named by TIME as a “book to read,” adding: "As the rhetoric between American political parties grows more tense, Philip K. Howard offers a solution based in practicality."

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