David Morris

David Morris is Vice President and director of the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which is based in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. focusing on local economic and social development.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:00am
A Private-Public Partnership That Works
Every month the federal government issues a new jobs report. The stock market gyrates, pundits pundify, politicians politic. Whether employment expands slowly or fast one central fact remains. The fastest growing occupations all pay low wages: retail salespersons, cashiers, food preparation and...
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Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:00am
On Drugs, Privacy, and Public Health: Lessons from Alaska
Politicians left and right often use pet phrases to justify their positions: states rights, individual liberty, personal responsibility. Rarely are these consistently applied. Even more rarely do politicians or political parties offer a coherent framework for deciding when a higher level of...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:45am
Please Note: Democratic Candidates Lost, But Progressive Issues Won
On November 4th Democrats lost big when they ran a candidate but won big when they ran an issue. In 42 states about 150 initiatives were on the ballot. The vast majority did not address issues dividing the two parties (e.g. raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, salary increases for state...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins
Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there. When Catalonia votes on independence, a vote originally scheduled for November 9th but delayed pending a...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:15am
Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations
Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180. The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the early 1990s with the break-up of the Soviet Union. If Scotland votes for independence it may ignite a...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:45am
The Debate About the Role of Government in The Republican City of Somerset, Kentucky
When two politicians debate the role of government, its almost always Democrat vs. Republican. Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeastern Kentucky. On July 19, after years of complaints about local gasoline...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:30am
NPR Reporting Ignores Power and Prowess of Public Ownership Models
David Brancaccio is a solid reporter. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance of talking about public ownership on a program called Marketplace caused him to go astray. Nevertheless a few days ago he did his listeners a disservice when he commented on the city of Somerset, Kentucky’s new venture: Selling...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00am
States Rights, Local Democracy, and the Future of Broadband
In July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stirred up a hornets’ nest by announcing it might overturn state prohibitions on municipally owned broadband networks. Republicans protested that Washington should keep its grubby hands off state authority. Giant cable and phone companies...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 7:15am
Republicans Wreck Their Own Principles on Highways
It’s almost certain that Congressional Republicans will soon vote overwhelmingly to violate one of their most cherished guiding principles: A service should be paid for by those who use the service. If we don’t fully pay for services, Republicans usually insist, markets can’t work effectively. This...
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Publicly owned telecommunications networks, argues Morris, offer lower prices and higher speeds than Comcast and AT&T and Time Warner. (Image: Common Dreams) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:30am
To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Means of Distribution
With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet: owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government. Owning the means of...
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