Newsletter: The Radical Center


Partisan debate assumes that policy must be either/or. Take your pick: either we address climate change or we have a healthy economy. But it’s not hard to envision a centrist platform that does both. Washington is a giant pile of …

Newsletter: America’s Least Favorite Company


(March 13, 2019) In a survey released last week by Axios/Harris, the federal government ranked dead last in reputation among America’s most high-profile companies. Only 9% of Americans think Washington “shares my values.” Another recent survey, by political scientist Paul

Newsletter: Getting Heard in the Din


(February 20, 2019) Political noise today is deafening. New Democratic candidates announce on almost a daily basis, and there’s at least one eruption per week from the White House.

Is there any room for a reasoned discussion about how government …

Newsletter: Pushing the Reset Button


(February 11, 2019) Where will current political debate lead? We see no bright future at the end of any political tunnel. Howard Schultz’s independent candidacy has incurred the wrath of Democrats who fear that his candidacy will divert Democratic votes. …

Newsletter: The Rising Reform Chorus


(December 21, 2018) Building public support for overhauling Washington got a boost this week from a policy essay by the Niskanen Center. Refreshingly, this new conservative think tank focuses on practical problem solving, not conservative ideology. The goal, they say, …

Newsletter: Reviving Practicality and Morality


(November 13, 2018) Increasingly, what passes for a national dialogue has devolved into a shouting match between the extreme wings of the major parties. According to a recent study by the international nonprofit More in Common, only 14% of Americans …

Newsletter: A Path Forward on Permitting Reform


(September 10, 2018) Philip Howard recently testified before Congress on the need for infrastructure permitting reform. In his testimony, Philip explained that environmental review and regulatory tradeoffs require giving officials authority to make the value judgments for sensible decisions. Without …

Newsletter: Getting it Together on Infrastructure


(April 4, 2018) Washington is having a hard time getting its act together on infrastructure. The Trump Administration is strongly promoting the streamlining of permitting – a high priority for Common Good – but their funding plan ($200 billion to …

Guest Post: America Today: Burkean Nation? By Robert Heineman


(February 28, 2015) Is it possible in America to speak of nationhood and expect patriotic allegiance to what passes for a nation within the boundaries of the United States?  Drawing on Burke is there a way of postulating the interaction …