Stories by David Morris

David Morris directs The Public Good Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. subscribe to David Morris's feed

Posted on: Oct 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

How did the tension between democracy and "liberty" play out in this year’s Texas legislative session?

Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

What we can learn from Scotland's fight for sovereignty.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

If a library raises taxes by one dollar a year, the Tea Party’s pitchforks appear.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like a three-act tragedy.

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.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: On the Commons

Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments--and thwarting innovation.

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.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The post office can still be saved, but its grave has been dug.

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.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2012, Source:

Seven years ago, Katrina showed the tragic consequences when government fails its duty to respond to natural disasters.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: On the Commons

The Supreme Court will likely be deciding major issues like voting rights and marriage equality.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

And CEOs almost never go to jail.

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.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2012, Source: On the Commons

Breathe a sigh of relief.

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.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The massive post office deficit that is driving management to commit institutional suicide is make-believe.

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.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2012, Source: On the Commons

Most pro-life organizations more accurately should be labeled pro sperm.

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.

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.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2012, Source: On the Commons

The Republican position on inequality rests on five statements, all false.

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.

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.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011, Source: On the Commons

OWS demonizes powerful banks. The Tea Party demonizes the poorest and weakest of us all.

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.

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?

Posted on: Oct 2, 2011, Source:

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.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2011, Source: Defending the Public Good

Posted on: Aug 9, 2011, Source:

We are guided by our superstitions. The newest one? We can grow the economy by shrinking it.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: On the Commons

Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2011, Source: On the Commons

A story of how the public sector can vastly outperform the private one.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2011, Source:

The public sector often provides services faster, cheaper and more effectively.

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.

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.

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.