David Morris

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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Saturday, September 13, 2014
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 05, 2014
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 03, 2014
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
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
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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Sunday, February 16, 2014
When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best
Minneapolis will soon vote to shift nearly 180 privately owned bus shelters to public ownership following numerous complaints about the lack of maintenance and upkeep. When it does it will join the burgeoning ranks of cities who have discovered that when it comes to public services government knows best.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?
After Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City on a promise to narrow the gap between rich and poor, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) lectured him on the facts of local government life. “The point is, you’re a mayor, buster, you’ve got to make sure the snow gets plowed. You’ve got to make sure the garbage gets picked up. You’ve got to make sure the bad guys get locked up. Mayors have to run cities.
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Sunday, December 08, 2013
Airline Deregulation: Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence
In November, in what history may judge the ultimate triumph of ideology over evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and United Airways.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools
Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, declared Bill Gates in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Yes to Amazon.com. No to the Public!
The announcement that the US Postal Service will deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays came just a few days after a federal judge halted USPS’ sale of Stamford’s historic downtown post office. The juxtaposition of the two events throws into stark relief the new Janus-like philosophy of the postal service: a big hug to big business, the back of the hand to the public.
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