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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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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2017

A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer, Dynamic Pricing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-thoroughly-modern-way-to-fleece-the-customer-dynamic-pricing/

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the beginning there were no fixed prices.  Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then, in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags along with the slogan, “If… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Big Finance is Destroying Big Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/big-finance-is-destroying-big-retail/

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the 1980s, leveraged buyouts became financial engineering’s newest invention. Corporate raiders would use the assets of the target corporation to collateralize the debt required to take it over. The resulting large debt payments burdened… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-27-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer | Upending the American Definition of Property | Punishing Corporate Criminals | The Hell With the 6th Amendment | Corporate Parasites A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer In the beginning there were… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 14, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-14-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Germany’s Public Banks | The Story Behind the Effort to “Repatriate” U.S. Overseas Profits | The Remunicipalization Movement Grows | Philadelphia: Expanding the Civic Commons | Amazon, Predatory Promotion, and Anti-trust Law Germany’s Public Banks In Germany most banks are publicly owned…. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 6, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-6-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Separate and Unequal, Again In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 58 year-old decision upholding the right of states to have segregated school systems. “Separate but equal” it ruled, was inherently unequal.  Sixty-three years later de jure segregation is illegal, but… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Taking on the Billionaires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/taking-on-the-billionaires/

Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in 2008, “Yes We Can.” At the federal level this is a time to expose, to educate and to resist. But at the state and local level we can act proactively to fashion strategies that both embrace progressive values and directly benefit those who mistakenly voted for Donald Trump as an economic savior. This is the first in a series of pieces focusing on what can be done. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 27, 2016: School Testing, Mass Incarceration, End of the American Dream, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-27-2016/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: High Stakes Testing Debunked | Do Unions Aid Student Achievement? | Inequality and Upward Mobility | Do Prisons Reduce Crime? | Uber Unmasked High Stakes Testing: Destructive and Ineffective Student scores on standardized tests have become a key factor, possibly the key… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 1, 2016: The Perils of Privatization

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A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Privatization of Everything |  Privatizing Education | Privatizing the Oceans Privatizing Municipal Services | A Resource Guide to Privatization The outcome of the Presidential election will make the word “privatization” will become central to our political conversations. We should… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2016

Going Beyond Candidates: Three State Initiatives That Could Change America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/going-beyond-candidates-three-state-initiatives-that-could-change-america/

On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my mind, initiatives in three states—California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail– stand out as… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 26, 2016: California Takes on Big Pharma, South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-october-26-2016-california-takes-on-big-pharma-south-dakotans-take-on-the-political-establishment-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: California Takes on Big Pharma | South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment | New Mexico Takes on Debtors’ Prisons California Takes on Big Pharma This November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that, according to Pharma… Continue reading