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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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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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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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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 9, 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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