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David Morris directs The Public Good Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
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.
How Phantom Accounting Is Destroying the Post Office
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The massive post office deficit that is driving management to commit institutional suicide is make-believe.
Republicans Reverse a 150-year-old Trajectory in US and Enact Laws That Restrict Voting Rights
Posted on: Apr 3, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The GOP's priority is to ensure continued power by reducing the turnout of demographic groups like students, blacks, Hispanics that traditionally vote Democrat.
When Did the Catholic Church Endow Sperm With Inalienable Rights?
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012, Source: On the Commons
Most pro-life organizations more accurately should be labeled pro sperm.
Anarchism Is Not What You Think It Is -- And There's a Whole Lot We Can Learn from It
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The word anarchism has been so stripped of substance that it has come to be equated with chaos and nihilism. That's not what it means.
Why the Super Bowl Is Socialist
Posted on: Jan 30, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The Super Bowl is a reflection of government aggressively intervening, not on behalf of the poor or the consumer or the worker but on behalf of the 1/10th of 1 percent.
5 Republican Lies About Income Inequality
Posted on: Jan 24, 2012, Source: On the Commons
The Republican position on inequality rests on five statements, all false.
Should People and Governments Shun the Totalitarian Catholic Church?
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012, Source: Defending the Public Good
When a totalitarian regime aids and abets the rape of tens of thousands of children one would expect it to be shunned by governments and citizens alike.
The Giving Season: Why the 99% Are Actually More Philanthropic Than the 1%
Posted on: Dec 23, 2011, Source: On the Commons
The 99% is more generous, and gives primarily to the church, while the 1% is more connected to cultural institutions that offer some payoff in social status.
The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street: Guess Which One is the Real Populist Movement
Posted on: Oct 25, 2011, Source: On the Commons
OWS demonizes powerful banks. The Tea Party demonizes the poorest and weakest of us all.
5 New Rules for an Economy That Works
Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: On the Commons
The 99% is growing stronger and larger. The next step is to move the country. Which requires us to decide where we want to go and how we want to get there.
Occupy Wall Street: 'We're Mad As Hell and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore'
Posted on: Oct 6, 2011, Source: On the Commons
The CEOs of Wall Street firms disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions. Why are protestors the ones who are getting arrested?
Are We About to Lose the Postal Service?
Posted on: Oct 2, 2011, Source: OnTheCommons.org
Obama has agreed to cut Saturday delivery, 2500 offices may close immediately and up to 16,000 by 2020, and Republicans want to end free door-to-door mail.
S&P Says Microsoft More Creditworthy than US Government
Posted on: Aug 13, 2011, Source: Defending the Public Good
Why is Microsoft More Creditworthy Than U.S. Government?: How Corporate Tax Avoidance is Killing our Economy
Posted on: Aug 13, 2011, Source: Defending the Public Good
The Destructive Conservative Myth That Keeps Our Economy in Tatters
Posted on: Aug 9, 2011, Source: OnTheCommons.org
We are guided by our superstitions. The newest one? We can grow the economy by shrinking it.
Why Is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: On the Commons
Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon.
Why Is Multi-Billion Dollar Telecom Time Warner Fretting About a Small City in North Carolina?
Posted on: Jun 27, 2011, Source: On the Commons
A story of how the public sector can vastly outperform the private one.
Why You Want the Government Running Health, Education and Defense
Posted on: Jun 5, 2011, Source: OnTheCommons.org
The public sector often provides services faster, cheaper and more effectively.
Why Is One US City Stripping the Word 'Public' from Public Library?
Posted on: May 2, 2011, Source: On the Commons
The public library is a uniquely American creation. Now we have to fight to keep it public.
We're #1 -- Ten Depressing Ways America Is Exceptional
Posted on: Apr 20, 2011, Source: On the Commons
America is exceptional in the advantages we’ve had over other nations, not what we’ve done with those advantages.
Owners' Lock Out of NFL Players Raises Some Big Questions
Posted on: Mar 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Public employees in Madison and professional football players in Green Bay both face powerful and hostile managements trying to undermine their unions.
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