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About David Morris

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, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – August 23, 2016: Gerrymandering’s Terrible Impact, Leopold Kohr and the Curse of Bigness, 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-august-23-2016-gerrymanderings-terrible-impact-leopold-kohr-and-the-curse-of-bigness-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: Trade Agreements: What Are We For? | Democracy at Risk: Gerrymandering | Democracy at Risk: Voter ID | Leopold Kohr and the Curse of Bigness | The Privatization of Medicaid | Why Aren’t More Financial Firms Taken to Court?… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2016

The Beginning of the End of Prison Privatization?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-prison-privatization/

The Federal Government announced today (August 18th) it will stop allowing private companies to operate federal prisons.  Currently private companies run 13 federal prisons. “They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent by the Department’s Office… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2016

Missoula Wins Right to Own Its Water Supply

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missoula-wins-right-to-own-its-water-supply/

In a major victory for the commons, the Montana Supreme Court, by a 5-2 decision, has upheld Missoula’s right to buy its water system from a private company, Nadia Prupis reports in Common Dreams. @commondreams “The city desired to own the water system that serves its residents because city officials believe a community’s water system… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – August 4th, 2016: Medicare and Civil Rights, Justice Brandeis’ Legacy, 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-medicare-and-civil-rights-justice-brandeis-legacy-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: Learning from Finland | Hospital outsourcing Increases Hospital Infections | Privatizing Prisons Increases Recidivism Wage Theft and Income Inequality | The Shameful Story of Health Insurance Cooperatives | Other People’s Money Medicare and Civil Rights | A Pioneering Examination… Continue reading

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

The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Who Do You Want Picking Them?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-supreme-court-the-public-good-and-the-2016-election/

The future of the Supreme Court is at stake in the 2016 election. We know the numbers. The death of Scalia split the Supreme Court between four Conservative Justices appointed by Republican Presidents (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Kennedy) and four Liberal Justices appointed by Democratic Presidents (Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor.) The Republican Senate, in… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2016

How to Make a Political Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-to-make-a-political-revolution/

On June 14th, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government’s decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred almost exactly a century before, a revolution that may hold lessons for those like Bernie Sanders’ supporters who seek to establish… Continue reading

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

What Should Bernie Do Now?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-should-bernie-do/

“What should Bernie do?” That seems to be the question of the month. Permit me to weigh in. Here’s what we know at this point in the campaign. For Sanders to have any chance of winning the support of superdelegates he must arrive at the convention with more elected delegates than Hillary.   To do that… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2016

The Most Substantive Political Debate in Recent History

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-most-substantive-political-debate-in-recent-history/

Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the boldness of Sanders’ proposals is what has driven this historic and instructive debate. The dynamic so far consists of Sanders setting a marker… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2016

What Is the Best Medical System in the Country? The Answer May Surprise You.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-is-the-best-medical-system-in-the-country-the-answer-may-surprise-you/

The Veterans Administration (VA). Yes, a medical system 100% financed by the government and run by the government, provides higher quality care, at a lower cost, than private hospitals. That’s the conclusion of dozens of independent studies. But a multi-year, well-financed and highly effective campaign has persuaded Congress to ignore the data because, well, we… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2016

Race and Democracy in Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/race-and-democracy-in-michigan/

In 2013, 52% of all African-Americans living in Michigan had their voting rights taken away by  Emergency Managers, compared to only 2% of whites. In November 2014 a federal judge concluded that the Emergency Managers law had been applied in a racially discriminatory manner. That law allows the state to appoint a manager to unilaterally govern… Continue reading