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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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 11:33am
The Times They're a Changing. Or Are They?
The recent colorful tirade by Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe against a legislator who demanded the Baltimore Ravens owner fire linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for supporting gay marriage and the overwhelmingly positive response to it by football fans and players alike are heartwarming developments. It shows how far we’ve come.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:43pm
For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations
In 2012 we accept as received wisdom that government is unresponsive while a competitive marketplace forces private business to offer quality customer service.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:35am
After 20 Years, Charter Schools Stray From Their Original Mission
On this, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first charter school, kudzu comes to mind.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 9:10am
US Health Care Debate: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Nowhere is the phrase American Exceptionalism more appropriately used than when describing our debate over health care.
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Friday, July 27, 2012 - 8:06am
No Peter Orszag, Let's NOT Privatize the US Postal Service
If chutzpah is killing your parents then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you're an orphan then Peter Orszag is the poster child for chutzpah. In his recent article in Bloomberg News he insists the best fix for the post office is to take it private.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 8:56am
Texas Judge Rules 'The Sky Belongs To Everyone'
“Texas judge rules atmosphere, air is a public trust”, reads the headline in the Boston Globe . A tiny breakthrough but with big potential consequences.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 8:09am
1st: Protect Obama's Health Care Reform. 2nd: Move Toward a Public Option
It’s relatively easy for Americans to understand that parks, sidewalks, the environment or the Internet are all part of the commons. That’s because no one owns them.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:05am
Business Can't Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap
Handicapping occurs in sports to equalize the winning chances of contestants of varying abilities.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 8:41am
How the Post Office Is Being Destroyed By a Phony Budget Crisis
As every 6 year old learns, there is real and there is make believe.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:44pm
A Commons Mistake: Romney Confuses Public Roads with Private Pipelines
After winning the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a victory speech in which he deplored America’s lost “can do spirit”. Unsurprisingly, he blamed it on government. If elected he promised, “We’re going to get government out of the way”. Then he offered a few examples of what he meant. “We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam.
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