Is Britain’s Long Love Affair With Privatization Ending in Divorce?

Date: 14 Sep 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The bankruptcy of one of Britain’s largest government contractors has spurred a reexamination of its decades-old embrace of privatization. For many the evidence is in. The selling off of public assets and the privatization of public services has been a colossal failure. … Read More

Picks: Cashlessness Hits a Speed Bump; The End of Privatization in the UK?; The Triumph of Uruguay; and more (8th Edition)

Date: 15 Aug 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One man’s perspective on stories that matter. Look for these posts on ILSR.org and the landing page for my work, From the Desk of David Morris.   Table of Contents: The Race to Cashlessness Hits a Speed Bump Is Britain’s Long Love Affair … Read More

Picks: Nebraska Warms to Immigrants; Chicago’s Filthy Privatized Schools; Municipal Public Housing; a Data Bill of Rights; and more (3rd Edition)

Date: 30 Apr 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Privatization is impacting the United States in nearly every sector, as ILSR co-founder David Morris indicates in this week’s Weekly Picks: Michigan’s prison food, Chicago’s public school sanitation, and Iowa’s Medicaid privatization is an example of the kinds of things that happen when you take the public incentive away from doing adequate work. Much more inside…… Read More

Picks: Privatizing the VA; Regulations Promote Growth; Facebook and the Future of News, and more (2nd Edition)

Date: 23 Apr 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The latest issue of the Weekly Picks from the Desk of David Morris details the future of our conversations on Big Data; how our Founding Fathers thought about the accumulation of wealth; corporate complaints about their tax “burden;” and local policy impact on public health.… Read More

The Burlington Chronicles: Catching Up In Vermont

Date: 21 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The people of Burlington have proven beyond a doubt that they believe in publicly owned Internet networks. They’ve fought harder than any other community we’ve seen to maintain a voice in the future of their much loved publicly owned fiber optic network, Burlington Telecom (BT). Now after months of ruminating, debating, and examining their options, the future of BT is still uncertain.… Read More

Fishing for Local Power (Episode 25)

Date: 27 Jul 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week’s episode of Building Local Power is a great conversation with a close ally and friend of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, sits down with hosts Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell to talk about the growing privatization of the fishing industry, how she organizes her fishing community, and the damage that large-scale fishing does to the environment and her local economy. … Read More

The Perils of Privatization (Episode 9)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative. The two discuss the climate surrounding privatization in our economy and how the incoming Trump administration will bolster these efforts nationwide.

Morris delves deep into the history of public infrastructure including explanations of how our language around the subject has changed over the years, privatization in other countries, and hope for the future.… Read More

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 27, 2016: School Testing, Mass Incarceration, End of the American Dream, and more…

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: High Stakes Testing Debunked | Do Unions Aid Student Achievement? | Inequality and Upward Mobility | Do Prisons Reduce Crime? | Uber Unmasked High Stakes Testing: Destructive … Read More

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 1, 2016: The Perils of Privatization

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Privatization of Everything |  Privatizing Education | Privatizing the Oceans Privatizing Municipal Services | A Resource Guide to Privatization The outcome of the … Read More

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