Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business

Date: 10 Aug 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. In this report, which won an award for antitrust scholarship in 2017, we suggest that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. The report presents three reasons to bring a commitment to fair markets for small businesses back into antitrust policy, and concludes by outlining specific steps to do just that. … Read More

How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It

Date: 20 Apr 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, this report examines what’s behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that cities are proposing to keep space appropriate and affordable for independent businesses. … Read More

Obama’s Two Mistakes That Lost the Country

Date: 29 Dec 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 18, 2015, President Obama addressed the Cleveland Club. After his speech a 7th grader asked him, “If you could go back to the first day of your first term what advice would you give yourself?” Better that she would have inquired, “Given that the country was lost on your watch, what would you have done differently?” … Read More

How One State Escaped Wall Street’s Rule and Created a Banking System That’s 83% Locally Owned

Date: 1 Sep 2015 | posted in: Banking | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

North Dakota has a different kind of banking sector than the rest of the country does, with six times as many locally owned financial institutions per person as the rest of the U.S., and local institutions controlling 83 percent of the market. What is North Dakota doing differently? A lot of the answer is the Bank of North Dakota.… Read More

One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished since 2008. Here’s What’s Causing the Decline and Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis.

Date: 5 May 2015 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The precipitous decline in the number of community banks in recent years is a national crisis, and there’s a fierce debate underway right now about what’s to blame.… Read More

“The Secret Side of Global Trade” – David Morris, International Forum on Globalization

Date: 8 Jan 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1995, David Morris spoke at the Riverside Church about localism and globalism. In his 15-minute speech David maintains that globalization and gigantism and absentee ownership were not inevitable but the result of public policies. We make the rules, and the rules make us. And the rules we’ve made, especially over the last 50 years, have enabled and encouraged an economic and political system where those who make the rules are separated from those who feel the impact of those rules. … Read More

All Hail the PUBLIC Library

Date: 29 Apr 2011 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The free lending public library is a uniquely American invention. Neighborhood based, locally financed, open to all, the public library is a treasure that finds itself too often on the periphery of public policy and attention. Given the remarkable past and present of the public library that should change.… Read More

The Real American Exceptionalism

Date: 18 Apr 2011 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 39 Facebooktwitterredditmail

America’s leaders are right. America is exceptional. But not in the way they assert. History has blessed America with unprecedented advantages, but we have not used them wisely. We are indeed number 1 among nations in many areas, but these are areas where being number 1 is a sign of failure, not success. … Read More

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