With so much corruption throughout government, at all levels, Philip K. Howard will have it tough selling his latest message. That's to return democracy to human control. And to snatch it out of the rigid cold hands of rule-based government.
Howard platforms his campaign in his 2014 book "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America From Dead Laws and Broken Government." Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
Howard, as many remember, made his name at the time when the class action was the preferred way of strong-arming big money from big corporations. Lawsuits or the threat of them focused on tobacco, asbestos, and lead paint. Howard orchestrated his push-back against unnecessary and fraudulent litigation from his best-seller "The Death of Common Sense." The back of the big class action has been broken. "Dukes v. Wal-Mart" didn't have a chance.
Now, rigid rules can make us feel safer than anticipating having to have to deal with human beings who are likely to be tainted, beyond the usual shadow side belonging to the human race. I think about that all the time.
Believe me, there were plenty of rules, rigid ones, associated with applying for and maintaining Medicare and Social Security. Yet, those were nothing compared to my dread of having to negotiate with a free-agent human being who had lots of license to interpret the rules.
If Howard can see to it that we elect, appoint, and hire a better breed of human being to make practical decisions about what should and should not be done, then I might agree to unend government-by-rigid- rule.