A Radical Centrist Platform for 2020

This article originally appeared on TheHill.com on 04/13/2019.

Centrist politics don’t offer the passion of absolutist solutions. In the words of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.): “Moderate is not a stance. 

Revive the Moral Mandate

This article originally appeared on RealClearBooks.com on 02/22/2019.

Bad habits are hard to change, and even harder when America no longer has a meaningful public culture. 

Fixing Washington Requires a New Governing Vision

This article originally appeared on Newsweek.com on 02/13/2019.

Americans elected Donald Trump in 2016 on his pledge to “drain the swamp.” Two years later, they turned to Democrats to demand what Nancy Pelosi called “a new dawn.” 

How Distrust Breeds Dysfunction

This article originally appeared on NiskanenCenter.org 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 The-American-Interest.com on 01/31/2019.

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


Replace Washington

This article originally appeared on NYPost.com 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 NYDailyNews.com 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 riponsociety.org 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.