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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 | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 5, 2014

Democrat Candidates Lost. Democrat Issues Won

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democrat-candidates-lost-democrat-issues-won/

On Tuesday Democrats lost big when they ran a candidate but won big when they ran an issue. In 42 states about 150 initiatives were on the ballot. The vast majority did not address issues dividing the two parties (e.g. raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, salary increases for state legislators, bond issues supporting… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal but not Twins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/scotland-catalonia-fraternal-twins/

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly.  On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.  When Catalonia votes on independence, a vote originally scheduled for November 9th but delayed pending a court decision, Scots will certainly be in attendance. Scotland and Catalonia have… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations

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

Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180.  The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the early 1990s with the break-up of the Soviet Union. Scotland’s independence movement is part of a third wave. Dozens of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Debating the Role of Government in Somerset Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/debating-role-government-republican-somerset-kentucky/

When two politicians debate the role of government, it is almost always Democrat vs. Republican.  Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeastern Kentucky. On July 19, after years of complaints about local gasoline prices being higher than those… Continue reading

Featured filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

UK Rail Privatization 20 years Later

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/uk-rail-privatization-20-years/

The United Kingdom privatized its national rail system in 1993. Some 20 years later the unsurprising consequences of transforming a public monopoly into a private monopoly are clear. Higher prices. Worse service. Even more public subsidies. Read the article.     Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

This November We Can Regain Local Authority Over the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/states-rights-local-democracy-future-broadband/

In July the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stirred up a hornets’ nest by announcing it might overturn state prohibitions on municipally owned broadband networks. Republicans protested that Washington should keep its grubby hands off state authority. Giant cable and phone companies contended that local governments are incapable of managing telecommunications networks and the resulting failure… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

David Brancaccio Lets Us Down

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/david-brancaccio-lets/

David Brancaccio is a solid reporter.  Perhaps the cognitive dissonance of talking about public ownership on a program called Marketplace caused him to go astray.  Nevertheless a few days ago he did his listeners a disservice when he commented on the city of Somerset, Kentucky’s new venture: Selling gasoline directly to city residents. Somerset’s entrepreneurialism… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

VT blazes trail for single payer health insurance.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/vt-blazes-trail-single-payer-health-insurance/

A single-payer system is one in which the government, rather than private insurance companies, pays all health care costs. Some on the left have long harbored hopes for a national single-payer system, but the odds that Congress would ever extinguish the private insurance industry have never been anything but long.  Vermont is different. Vermonters proudly… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

The best single explanation of how and why Newark’s public schools are being privatized.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/single-explanation-newarks-public-schools-privatized/

Half a year after Newark Public Schools launched an “agenda to ensure all students are in excellent schools,” the plan has come under a federal civil rights investigation to determine whether it “discriminates against black students.”  An in-depth look into the district’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to close one South Ward school reveals how real estate… Continue reading