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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 Dec 18, 2017

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/to-save-the-internet-we-must-own-the-networks/

In late October, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proudly announced, “We’ve been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine months, the Commission has voted on 63 items at our monthly meetings, compared to 103 in the preceding three years.” It now surpasses 70. This certainly has been a busy year… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-movement-for-free-college-tuition-is-growing/

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating in Louisiana for almost two decades. The election of Donald Trump killed the prospect of… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2017

Farmworkers of the World — Unite!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/farmworkers-of-the-world-unite/

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 2017), available here. Florida produces 90 percent of our winter tomatoes. The Immokalee region in southwestern Florida grows one-third of all U.S. tomatoes. The plight of farmworkers in the Immokalee area has been publicly known for decades. That plight was featured in Edward R…. Continue reading

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

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 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-october-26-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Free School Meals for Everyone | Farmworkers of the World: Unite | Reagan, Trump, and Activist Cities Free School Meals for Everyone In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, a law championed by first lady Michelle Obama.  Among other provisions,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2017

Protecting Communities from Gentrification

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/protecting-communities-from-gentrification-community-land-trusts/

We have a workable model for making housing affordable and protecting neighborhood residents from displacement: a Community Land Trust. Only one city to date has embraced it aggressively and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it began to do so when Bernie Sanders was its mayor. Now a coalition is pushing Baltimore to make a major investment in this model. Continue reading

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 | Protecting Communities From Gentrification | Punishing Corporate Criminals | The Hell With the 6th Amendment | Corporate Parasites A Thoroughly Modern Way to Fleece the Customer In the beginning there were no fixed… 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