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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

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

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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, 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, 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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/berta-caceres-died-for-our-sins/

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