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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, 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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-1-2016-the-perils-of-privatization/

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

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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

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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

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

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 5, 2016: Privatizing Public Parks, Automatic Voter Registration, 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-5-2016-privatizing-public-parks-automatic-voter-registration-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Supreme Court Decision That Prevented Real Integration | A Prison Strike Against Slavery | A Gideon for Civil Suits? | Automatic Voter Registration An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Privatizing Public Parks The Supreme Court Decision That… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 22, 2016

Guns and Butter

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

In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military “much stronger than it is right now” without increasing military spending. “But you know what?” he declared,  “We can do it for less.” In September 2016, as the Republican nominee, Donald… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – September 9, 2016: Trophy Hunting, Racist School Closings, 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-september-9-2016-trophy-hunting-racist-school-closings-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: State Universities Chase Non-State Students | State Authority Trumps Local Democracy |Trophy Hunting: Unnatural and Unconscionable | Are School Closings Racist? | Why Have We Let the Most Wasteful and Corrupt Federal Agency Off the Hook? State Universities Chase Non-State Students For more… Continue reading

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

November 8th: Four Key Factors for the Armchair Strategist

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/november-8th-four-key-factors-for-the-armchair-strategist/

Two months to elections and counting. Americans will be voting for the entire House, a third of the Senate and the President, as well as all members of state legislative lower houses and usually half of their state senators. It may be an historic election, an election in which many states will be operating under… Continue reading

Medicaid Privatization
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