When Unions Are Strong, Americans Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

Date: 31 Mar 2011 | posted in: equity, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor. Thomas Donohue, Former President AFL-CIO In the early 1980s Ricardo Levins Morales, an artist and labor activist in Minneapolis designed a bumper sticker with a simple eight-word message,  “From the … Read More

Obama vs. FDR on Social Security

Date: 14 Dec 2010 | posted in: equity, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, 75 years and 4 months since Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, a Democratic president is ignoring his wisdom and abandoning his strategy for protecting the program from shifting political winds. If congressional Democrats go along with Obama on this, it could mark the beginning of the end of Social Security as we have known it.… Read More

How Canadians Built a Fair Health Care System from the Bottom Up

Date: 13 Dec 2010 | posted in: equity, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

 The seeds of the current Canadian health system were sown in rural Saskatchewan in the early 20th century when small cities with no doctorsbegan to subsidize a physician to come and set up practice. Several communities then joined together to open publicly-funded hospitals.

In the 1930s, a new Canadian political party, whose name reflected its philosophy, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), came to powerin Saskatchewan.

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Of Health Care, War, Costs and Consequences

Date: 11 Oct 2009 | posted in: equity | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the next few weeks this country will make two decisions of great consequence: Will we send additional troops to Afghanistan? Will we reform our health care system? It is both instructive and disheartening to see the different ways our policymakers approach these issues.… Read More

The Ethics of Sustainability

Date: 19 Apr 2009 | posted in: Energy, equity, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

David Morris spoke on Earth Day to the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis on ethics.  He began with some definitions:

Ethics is a set of moral values and standards that guide our conduct. Those moral values and standards are not the same in all societies. Our own country offers an excellent example.  Indeed, we consider our history and culture so unique that our leaders often use the term American Exceptionalism to describe our economic and social niche. 

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