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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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/happy-birthday-national-endowment-for-the-humanities/

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

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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?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/where-do-the-presidential-candidates-stand-on-the-proposed-trade-pact/

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

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2016

January 2016 – Defending the Public Good Newsletter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/january-2016-public-good-newsletter/

This month we featured David’s recent piece on the Two Mistakes That Obama Made That Lost the Country, as well as a recently archived interview David did on KFAI Community Radio in Minnesota discussing the history of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Open up the January 2016 – Public Good Newsletter here or by clicking below.  … 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 Jan 6, 2016

Albuquerque Extends a Helping Hand to the Homeless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/albuquerque-extends-a-helping-hand-to-the-homeless/

While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day. Twice a week, a city van rolls through downtown Albuquerque, N.M., stopping at popular panhandling locations, Governing magazine reports. The driver asks panhandlers if they want a day job. Work pays $9 an hour,… 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 Jan 6, 2016

Michigan Denies Free Speech to Public Officials

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/michigan-denies-free-speech-to-public-officials/

On December 28th at 10:52PM, a few minutes before the New Year holiday recess, without public notice or hearings, the Michigan legislature, on a straight party line vote passed a law prohibiting any public official from using “Public funds or resources for a communication” about a local ballot question within 60 days of the election…. 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 20, 2015

Mississippi Schools Would Save $107 Million By Using Public Employees, Not Private Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mississippi-schools-would-save-107-million-by-using-public-employees-not-private-contractors/

A recent report by the Mississippi State Auditor finds that K-12 schools would have an additional $107 million to spend on classrooms if they stopped contracting out services and instead provided them in-house with their own public employees. Continue reading