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David Morris directs The Public Good Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
The Dems Are Having a Real Debate on Substance and the Takeaway: Bernie's Vision vs Hillary's Pragmatism
Posted on: Apr 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet
The back-and-forth has forced both candidates to raise their game.
Texas Does Away With Democracy
Posted on: Oct 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet
How did the tension between democracy and "liberty" play out in this year’s Texas legislative session?
Should Large Nations Split into Small Nations?
Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet
What we can learn from Scotland's fight for sovereignty.
The Extreme Measures Republicans Will Take to Avoid Raising Taxes
Posted on: Jul 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The GOP's latest antics on the federal highway trust fund show what a stubborn misdirected bunch they are.
Five Steps to Save America's Incredible Shrinking Post Office
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013, Source: On the Commons
The American people created the post office. The American people can still save the post office. But we need to do something right now.
Goldman Sachs Tries to Look Small Business-Friendly—But It's All Image
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Don't be fooled by PR. It's still all about the bottom line for the mega-bank.
Why We Should Let the Red States Secede from Obamacare
Posted on: Oct 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Allowing the blue states to create the kind of health system they truly want will allow us all to learn from their innovations.
Tea Party Wages War on Public Libraries
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet
If a library raises taxes by one dollar a year, the Tea Party’s pitchforks appear.
America's Insane 40-Year Marijuana Prohibition Is Like a Tragic Play in Three Acts
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like a three-act tragedy.
The Two Political Parties Are Remarkably Far Apart on Basic Issues
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: Institute for Local Self Reliance
There is no grid lock in a majority of the states, as big majorities of one party show the D's and R's to be from different planets.
Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures
Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: On the Commons
Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments--and thwarting innovation.
4 Recent Victories for the Common Good
Posted on: Apr 18, 2013, Source: On the Commons
The past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.
Why We Must Rescue the U.S. Postal Service From the Brink of Death
Posted on: Feb 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The post office can still be saved, but its grave has been dug.
The South Has Been at Civil War for 150 Years
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The film Lincoln ends after the Amendment that ended slavery throughout the nation passed. But for blacks, earning the rights of citizenship was to prove a much more protracted war.
A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012, Source: OnTheCommons.org
Seven years ago, Katrina showed the tragic consequences when government fails its duty to respond to natural disasters.
Citizens United, Obamacare -- The Roberts Court Is Just Getting Started
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The Supreme Court will likely be deciding major issues like voting rights and marriage equality.
Sad But True: Corporate Crime Does Pay
Posted on: Aug 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet
And CEOs almost never go to jail.
Privatize the Postal Service? That's Just Going to Make a Small Number of People Rich
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Obama's former Budget Director, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup thinks it's a good idea -- he may stand to benefit.
The Sky Is Now Legally Protected, Thanks to a Texas Judge
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012, Source: On the Commons
Breathe a sigh of relief.
Business Can't Compete With Government, Needs Special Help
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The competition between public and private sectors is handicapped. But it is the private sector that often cannot compete without being given more strokes.
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