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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Review: Draining the Swamp? This BlockBuster Book Shows How, While Enhancing Safety Nets And Making Our Lives Better

Steve Forbes, Forbes, August 31, 2019

Steve Forbes reviews Try Common Sense, calling it “a small book with blockbuster content."

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Historic Political Opportunity Hiding In Plain Sight

Philip K. Howard, Forbes, July 12, 2019

Philip explains how the presidential candidates are missing a huge opportunity to attract voters.

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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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Getting Serious About Infrastructure

Philip K. Howard, The Hill, May 18, 2019

Philip lays out three reforms that should be enacted as the foundation of any infrastructure bill, including permitting reform, creating a National Infrastructure Board, and creating a funding plan that is half cutting waste and half new taxes.

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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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