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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2015

Buy America? Of Course. But You Can Do Even Better

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/buy-america-of-course-but-you-can-do-even-better/

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act,” Pope Francis announced early this year. How can we spend our money as if our values matter? In some sectors and for some values this is fairly easy. Food is an obvious example. Those… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2015

Conservatives Have Kidnapped Our Language

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/conservatives-have-kidnapped-our-language/

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never harm me.” A fine sentiment, but any child subjected to cyber bullying knows that words do indeed matter. Language evolves. Sometimes a word that once was negative becomes positive, like “terrific” which originally meant terrifying. Sometimes a word that was once positive becomes negative,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2015

Sanding Down the Rough Edges of Capitalism Is Not Enough

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sanding-down-the-rough-edges-of-capitalism-is-not-enough/

The catalyst for a recent column by David Brooks was a speech delivered by his New York Times colleague Anand Giridharadas at the Aspen Action Forum. (Giridharadas writes the Letter from America column for the Global Edition of the Times) Giridharadas questioned the “Aspen Consensus” that the wealthy and powerful, the benefactors of the Aspen Institute, could… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2015

Greece, The Troika and Maggie Thatcher

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/greece-the-troika-and-maggie-thatcher/

In its policies toward Greece, the “Troika” — a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund — has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher’s social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, “There is no such thing as society.” That philosophy has found… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2015

Trade and Sovereignty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/trade-and-sovereignty/

On May 8th at Nike’s headquarters, President Obama denounced opponents of the hotly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership as ill informed. “(C)ritics warn that parts of this deal would undermine American regulation….They’re making this stuff up. This is just not true. No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.” On May 18th the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2015

Treaties, Trade Agreements and Government by the People

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/treaties-trade-agreements-and-government-by-the-people/

For much of our history, trade agreements were considered treaties. According to the Constitution they had to be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. The House does not participate in ratification of treaties (Article II, Section 2). By the late 19th century Congress realized it was far too cumbersome to require a Congressional… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

The American Voice 2004: A Pocket Guide to Issues and Allegations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/the-american-voice-2004-a-pocket-guide-to-issues-and-allegations/

Welcome to the Archive of the American Voice 2004 Project.  The bedrock of good government is an informed citizenry. American Voice 2004 was launched in mid 2004 to fill a need to go beyond 15 second soundbites and attack ads and one-sided perspectives. We aspired to fill the need for reasoned debate leading up to… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

American Voice 2004: Ask Dr. Dave

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/american-voice-2004-ask-dr-dave/

American Voice 2004 was a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance launched during the presidential election campaign of 2004.  Strong communities depend on an active and involved population. And that calls for easy access to credible and pertinent information.  American Voice 2004 strove to provide such information on national policy and national issues. Ask… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 31, 2015

American Voice 2004: Issues and Allegations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/american-voice-2004-issues-and-allegations/

American Voice 2004 was a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance launched during the presidential election campaign of 2004.  Strong communities depend on an active and involved population. And that calls for easy access to credible and pertinent information.  American Voice 2004 strove to provide such information on national policy and national issues. Ask… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2015

Adam Smith vs. Ayn Rand

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/adam-smith-vs-ayn-rand/

In a 2011 CNN/Tea Party Express Republican Debate moderator Wolf Blitzer famously asked prominent libertarian Representative Ron Paul a “hypothetical question” about the soon-to-be-operational Obamacare: What should be done when a 30-year old man decides not to buy health insurance and then requires significant medical intervention that he cannot afford? Paul predictably responded. He should… Continue reading