'Try Common Sense' by Philip K. Howard

'Try Common Sense' by Philip K. Howard {
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EDITOR’S NOTE: In this RealClearBooks series, we highlight recent nonfiction books from across the political spectrum. This week’s book is Philip K. Howards's 'Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left', published this week by W.W. Norton.

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In this compact book, Philip K. Howard picks up where he left off with 'The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America', tapping into bipartisan unrest and prescribing three basic reforms - deregulation, accountability, and a bureaucratic shakeup - in an effort to restore power to the people. 

Try Common Sense by Philip K. Howard


Kirkus: 'For more than two decades, Howard ('The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government', 2014, etc.) has offered viable solutions for more effective democracy, and his latest book is right in line with his efforts to invoke long-overdue change in our stagnant, dysfunctional political culture. “America needs a governing framework that reconnects real people with actual results,” he writes. Though there are countless calls for Washington to produce more laws and better rules, this only complicates an already dense morass of legislative overkill. “Government’s abject failure to make practical choices is not a matter of dispute,” writes Howard, continuing, “Republicans call for deregulation. Democrats call for more regulation and more funding. Meanwhile the actual cause of the failure, the inability to be sensible in actual situations, is demonstrated to Americans on a daily basis.” But mere tweaks won’t be sufficient; the government needs an overhaul. Wishful thinking? Not according to Howard.' Read the full review.


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