O Canada; Oy Vey United States by David Morris Originally published in Alternet, April 12, 2004 Four years ago Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post wrote a long essay to end his tour as Canadian correspondent. His gloomy assessment of Canada’s future as a self-governing, independent country contained this remarkable reflection on its past. Over… Continue reading
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There’s Something To The State Of Denmark by David Morris Originally published on TomPaine.com, August 8, 2003 “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” In the United States, such a statement elicits gales of laughter. Even in my home state of Minnesota, a state with a well-deserved liberal reputation, the belief that government… Continue reading
Via Free Trade, Megabusiness Overthrowing Citizenry by David Morris October 7, 1997 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The President, most Republican leaders and much of the corporate world are trying to persuade us that if we believe trade is good, we must support their efforts to enact ever-more-expansive free trade agreements. They’re wrong…. Continue reading
This speech by David Morris was originally presented at the National Cooperative Business Association’s Cooperative Development Forum in June 1997 Continue reading
Diminishing Citizenship by David Morris May 6, 1997 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Some 2500 years ago the Greek city-states took a giant step toward true democracy when they invented the concept of citizenship. Last week, in Philadelphia President Clinton neutered that concept. In front of three applauding former Presidents and a cheering… Continue reading
The Budget Surpluses Challenge Us To Manage Our Own Affairs by David Morris March 13, 1997 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press How glorious to be a state legislator these days. Budget surpluses in 48 of 50 states. Eight states with surpluses that exceed l0 percent of their budgets. A strong economy that continues… Continue reading
This speech by David Morris was originally presented at the International Forum on Globalization in Washington, D.C., in May 1996. Continue reading
The Rise of Direct Democracy by David Morris April 23, 1996 It’s time to take a hard look at the latest and most significant development in democratic action: citizen initiatives. In 1898, South Dakota became the first state to allow its citizens to engage in direct democracy. Today 24 states do so. The rationale for… Continue reading
From Roosevelt to Gingrich: A Revolution in Compassion by David Morris November 8, 1995 At the 1932 Democratic Convention, the newly nominated Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, “The first obligation of government is the protection of the welfare and well-being…of its citizens.” That new idea spawned the New Deal. In January, Republicans vowed to overturn the… Continue reading
This time of the year we used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Too bad we no longer do so. For this would be an excellent historical moment to reflect on whether Lincoln’s decision to keep the country intact was right. Personally, I think he made an enormous blunder.
Few would support Lincoln’s decision if he were making it today. Few Americans support Russia’s current war against its secessionist states. No one believes Ottawa has the right to send the Canadian army in to stop Quebec from seceding.