Newsletter: “Very Major Reform”

(April 29, 2019) In a report published jointly by Brookings, NYU, and the Volcker Alliance, political scientist Paul Light argues that “government reform could well decide the winner” of the 2020 presidential election: “recent surveys … suggest Americans may have finally found common ground in their demand for better government”—”very major reform” of Washington.

Professor Light cites Try Common Sense for advancing a new governing vision of simpler policies that harness human responsibility for the public good. See here.

The imperative to reboot Washington was also a common theme of our recent forum, Bureaucracy vs. Democracy, co-hosted with Columbia’s Center on Capitalism and Society. You can watch Professor Light’s presentation, as well as those by Francis Fukuyama, Nobel Laureate Paul Romer, Robin Lake, and others on Common Good’s website.


In the News:

  • Last Thursday Philip appeared on “PoliticKING with Larry King” (guest hosted by Matthew Cooke). Watch here (begins at the 13:20 mark).
  • Marshall Kapp of the Florida State University College of Medicine reviews Try Common Sense in the upcoming issue of the Florida Bar Journal, calling Philip’s arguments “pragmatic,” “engaging,” and “persuasive.”
  • Columnist Quin Hillyer cites Philip’s writings in an oped on school discipline: “Howard repeatedly has compiled evidence, both numerical and anecdotal, showing that schools work best when teachers and administrators are empowered, not hamstrung by restrictive rules and bureaucracy.”
  • On Sunday, May 5, Philip will give a keynote presentation on Try Common Sense at the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival.