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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 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

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2016

American Democracy Under Siege

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/american-democracy-under-siege/

The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. Our first President, John Adams warned, “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy…” Our second President, Thomas Jefferson insisted, “Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.” Our third President, James Madison, the Father of the Constitution declared, “Democracy is the most vile form… 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 7, 2016

Happy Birthday National Endowment for the Humanities

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On the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Richard H. Brodhead argues the New Deal made possible the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For the first time Americans endorsed a federal role in promoting the general welfare and creating public goods. In the 1960s the Great… Continue reading

Berta Caceres at the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.
Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2016

Berta Cáceres Died For Our Sins

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On March 3rd Honduran Goldman Prize winner Berta Cáceres was assassinated because of the stunning victories she achieved with and on behalf of indigenous people.  And she did it against the greatest of odds. Beverly Bell of the Institute for Policy Studies gives us some details about this remarkable woman and the sad role our… 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 Feb 19, 2016

New Research Finds Water Privatization Raises Rates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-research-finds-water-privatization-raises-rates/

Food & Water Watch has issued a thoroughly researched report on water privatization. A survey of more than 200 public and private water systems found that private suppliers charge significantly more than public systems. The 10 largest initiatives increased water rates  on average 15 percent a year after privatization. After local governments brought water systems… 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 Feb 18, 2016

Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand On The Proposed Trade Pact?

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In early February 12 nations, including the U.S. signed the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This trade agreement would diminish U.S. sovereignty, undermine democracy and create a new world court where corporations can sue governments and corporate lawyers decide the cases. The TPP now goes to Congress for a vote. If you want to know… Continue reading