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HS 222- The Death of Common Sense with Philip K. Howard

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Philip K. Howard is a prominent attorney and commentator. He’s the Founder and Chair of Common Good and author of the classic, “The Death of Common Sense” and author of the new book, “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government.”

Howard discusses whether it’s worth it for people to trust the government. He shares his thoughts on how the government has made people inept.

Howard believes legal rigidity strangles common sense solutions to our problems. The Constitution was drafted in only 10 pages, yet so many modern bills are thousands of pages long. Howard explains how life would be without lawyers.

Philip K. Howard is a well-known leader of government and legal reform in America. His new book, The Rule of Nobody (W. W. Norton & Company, April 2014), has been praised by Fareed Zakaria as “an utterly compelling and persuasive book that, if followed, could change the way America works.” His Ted Talk has has been viewed by almost 500,000 people.

Philip is also the author of the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine Books, 2002) and Life Without Lawyers (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009).

In 2002, Philip formed Common Good, a nonpartisan national coalition dedicated to restoring common sense to America. Philip writes periodically for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the News Hour, Today, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and numerous other programs.

The son of a minister, Philip got his start working summers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner and has been active in public affairs his entire adult life. He is a prominent civic leader in New York City and has advised national political leaders on legal and regulatory reform for fifteen years, including Vice President Al Gore and numerous governors. He is a Partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School, and lives in Manhattan with his wife Alexandra. They have four children.

Find out more about Philip K. Howard at www.philipkhoward.com.

Visit Common Good at www.commongood.org.

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