Philip Howard’s New Book: Try Common Sense


Increasingly, what passes for a national dialogue has devolved into a shouting match between the extreme wings of the major parties. According to an October 2018 study by the international nonprofit More in Common, only 14% of Americans are either hard-left or hard-right, yet those extremes dominate party politics. 

A Tree Falls in Connecticut


Three towering hickory trees in Milford, are the latest casualties of America’s lawsuit culture.


The particular trees, part of a group that line Wildemere Avenue, spread their branches over the back yard of Una Glennon, a grandmother of 14 who recently put in a pool for their enjoyment.

 

Rethinking Regulatory Reform


This article originally appeared on Forbes.com on September 12, 2011.

President Obama’s job speech last Thursday made a bold statement about getting rid of unnecessary regulation: “We should have no more regulation than the health, safety and security of the American people require.  

It’s Time to Clean House


It’s Time to Clean House

America is basically run by dead people: We elect new representatives, but continue on with policy from decades ago. To go forward…

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It’s Time to Clean House

America is basically run by dead people: We elect new representatives, but continue on with policy from decades ago.

 

A New Code for Reliable Justice


A New Code for Reliable Justice

By separating valid claims from invalid ones, judges can finally give our legal system the predictability that it requires.

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A New Code for Reliable Justice

By separating valid claims from invalid ones, judges can finally give our legal system the predictability that it requires.

 

Howard’s Daily: The Two-Way Peril of Regulatory Ossification


Howard’s Daily: The Two-Way Peril of Regulatory Ossification

Courtesy of an excellent daily compilation service called Muhr’s Must Reads, I read an essay titled “The Regulatory Confidence Cycle,” by…

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Howard’s Daily: The Two-Way Peril of Regulatory Ossification

Courtesy of an excellent daily compilation service called Muhr’s Must Reads, I read an essay titled “The Regulatory Confidence Cycle,” by Harvard Law Prof.

 

Candidates should focus less on their egos and more on fixing government


Candidates should focus less on their egos and more on fixing government

Most Americans believe that government is broken. So it’s hardly surprising that outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are…

Candidates should focus less on their egos and more on fixing government

Most Americans believe that government is broken.

 

Bureaucracy Can’t Teach


Bureaucracy Can’t Teach

We Must Free Teachers To Do What They Do Best
Our K-12 education system doesn’t attract and keep enough good teachers. Almost half the states now have more administrators and support personnel than teachers, and states like Utah have been…

Bureaucracy Can’t Teach

Our K-12 education system doesn’t attract and keep enough good teachers.

 

Trust the Government?


Trust the Government?

The so-called “merit system” has evolved to become an “anti-merit system.”

Trust the Government?

The so-called “merit system” has evolved to become an “anti-merit system.”

In Scrabble We Trust

Learn more at SimplifyGov.org.

 

The Civil Service System is Unconstitutional


The Civil Service System is Unconstitutional

Government only works when officials are accountable

The Civil Service System is Unconstitutional

Illustration: Chad Crowe

By: Philip K. Howard

President Trump wants to overhaul the civil service.

 

How the U.S. Can Save $1 Trillion in 10 Easy Steps


How the U.S. Can Save $1 Trillion in 10 Easy Steps

Without cutting government oversight or reducing services. Yes, really.

How the U.S. Can Save $1 Trillion in 10 Easy Steps

Without cutting government oversight or reducing services.