How Distrust Breeds Dysfunction

This article originally appeared on on 02/09/2019.

America’s current governing system, created after the 1960s, dictates governing choices out of a huge legal machine, programmed with about 150 million words of federal law. 

Bureaucracy vs. Democracy (Full Essay)

(February 4, 2019) This essay, adapted in part from Try Common Sense, was prepared for a February 19, 2019 forum co-hosted by the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Common Good. 

Bureaucracy vs. Democracy

This article originally appeared on on 01/31/2019.

Diagnosing the bureaucratic causes of public failure, economic repression, and voter alienation.


Replace Washington

This article originally appeared on on 01/27/2019.

For decades now, Americans have slogged through a rising tide of idiocies. Getting a permit to do something useful, say, open a restaurant or fix a bridge, can take years. 

Build Big Without Wasting Billions

This article originally appeared on on October 23, 2017.

New York is at the cusp of a major infrastructure building boom, but an obsolete New York statute from the 19th century called the Scaffold Law has already wasted $200 million on one project — the new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge.


Fixing the Civil Service

This article appeared on on April 28, 2017.

Once a cure for good government, it is now a cancer that needs to be reformed

Americans think Washington is broken.  

The President’s Right to Say ‘You’re Fired’

This article originally appeared on on January 30, 2017.

President Trump wants to overhaul the civil service. Even ardent liberals agree it needs to be rebuilt, but past efforts at reform have withered in Congress under union power and public indifference.