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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

The Secrets Behind Partnerships to Improve Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ppp-fiber/

A growing number of US cities have broken up monopoly control of the Internet marketplace locally. They’re promoting entrepreneurship, and giving residents and businesses real choice in how they connect and reach new audiences. They’ve brought a new wrinkle to an old model: the public-private partnership. “Communities desperately need better Internet access, but not all local… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2011

We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/we-will-grow-the-economy-by-shrinking-it/

Throughout human history societies have been informed and instructed by the superstitions of their age. For thousands of years we believed a single person–a king, a pharaoh, a high priest– should have life and death power over us. Any other social structure was unthinkable. We believed the gods that brought drought could be appeased only by animal and, sometimes, human sacrifice. Today these superstitions seem ridiculous. How could thinking people ever have believed such preposterous notions? Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on May 18, 2011

And the Winner is….The Public Sector

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/and-the-winner-is-the-public-sector/

“Unlike the public sector, the private sector is bred for efficiency. Left to its own devices, it will always find the means to provide services faster, cheaper, and more effectively than will governments,” said James Jay Carafano. I suspect the vast majority of Americans would agree with Mr. Carafano. They probably consider the statement self-evident. The facts, however, lead to the opposite conclusion. When not handicapped by regulations designed to subsidize the private sector, the public sector often provides services faster, cheaper and more effectively. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2009

Might private, not public, be the dirty word?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/might-private-not-public-be-dirty-word/

Consider: Which of these sectors is the one really doing a number on society? At the birth of the American republic, the word “private” had a sinister connotation. Derived from the Latin privare, meaning to reduce or tear apart, it described behavior often contrary to the public interest. In the late 18th century, a pirate was called a privateer. Today “private” has become a positive, even boosterish word, while “public” carries a shady undertone. “Private sector” has become synonymous with efficiency and innovation, while “public sector” connotes bloat and unresponsiveness, even corruption. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2007

Greed, yes; public good, no

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greed-yes-public-good-no/

Greed, yes; public good, no Republicans don’t always mind paying more at the pump. It depends. By David Morris, originally published in the Mineapolis Star Tribune, June 1, 2007 For Republicans, an increase in gas prices driven by oil companies may be unwelcome, but it is very much in the natural economic order of things…. Continue reading