About the Blog

As the federal government willfully and consciously ignores the public will and turns its back on the public good, resistance and innovation are bubbling up from below. Sharing information and acting in concert, cities and counties are striving to create a more equitable and sustainable society even as they resist federal, and in many cases, state efforts to turn back the clock to a meaner age.

We need to focus on resolving systemic questions: How to move toward a society in which economic and policy decisions affecting us are made closest to us; How to democratize ownership and production; How to rebuild a sense of community and mutual aid and respect.

We call this future local self-reliance.

Read, think, and talk with us as we report on the issues of scale, ownership and equity.

All feedback is welcome and you can share that with us by emailing David Morris at dmorris@ilsr.org.

About David Morris

David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR’s distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods. For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays have appeared in many print and on-line publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, Alternet, Common Dreams, and the Huffington Post.


Democracy for All:  Amending the U.S. Constitution

Democracy for All: Amending the U.S. Constitution

David Morris

October 23, 2019

The first four Democratic Party debates focused on Medicare for All. The fifth should be about Democracy for All  READ MORE

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