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.

See article

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.”

See article

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.

See article

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.

See article

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.

See article

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.”

See article

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.”

See article

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."

See article

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.

See article

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.

See article

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.”

See article

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.

See article

Older Articles
Up to Top