"The Rule of Nobody"

"The Rule of Nobody"

Philip K. Howard

5.6.2014

Philip K. Howard

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 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.

Philip Howard calls “The Rule of Nobody” a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century. He argues that America has lost the authority needed to support a free society and makes the claim that our government is broken, and from that comes wasteful government spending, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship. Howard concludes that our democracy must be radically simplified and rebuilt on a foundation of individual responsibility and accountability, and calls the book a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century.