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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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street
Host David Gregory complained about Occupy Wall Street protestors “demonizing banks” and wondered, “Is this not a reverse tea party tactic?”
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Friday, October 07, 2011
It's Labor vs. Capital, Stupid
A few months ago Nassim Taleb, author of the Black Swan , an influential book about the crucial importance of unpredictable, unforeseen events on our financial system was asked whether the hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in Greece was a Black Swan event. He replied , “No. The real Black Swan event is that people are not rioting against the banks in London and New York.”
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
GOP Goes Batty on the Postal Service
In the next few days we may decide the future of the Post Office. The signs are not auspicious. President Obama has agreed to a plan to cut Saturday delivery. The Post Service’s management wants to close 2500 post offices immediately and up to 16,000 by 2020. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced a bill that could end free door-to-door delivery.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Military and the Commons: Why Would We Want the Military to Command the Commons?
A few days ago I received notice of a New America Foundation (NAF) hosted conference in Washington, D.C. called “Beyond Primacy: Rethinking American Grand Strategy and the Command of the Commons.” At the conference NAF released a formal report on the subject: Whither Command of the Commons? Choosing Security Over Control .
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Friday, August 12, 2011
S&P Says Microsoft More Creditworthy than US Government
Two days after Standard and Poor’s downgraded US government bonds, David Llewellyn-Smith, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald noted , “We now face the ludicrous circumstance in which the United States government holds … a lower (credit) rating than Microsoft, despite issuing its own currency (the world’s reserve), being able to raise taxes when it chooses, owning a printing press and possessing no fewer than 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (ten of which are Nim
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Sunday, August 07, 2011
We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age. -Henry David Thoreau
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Why is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?
In all the talk about the federal deficit, why is the single largest culprit left out of the conversation? Why is the one part of government that best epitomizes everything conservatives say they hate about government—- waste, incompetence, and corruption—all but exempt from conservative criticism?
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
All Hail the PUBLIC Library
"The word 'public' has been removed from the name of the Fort Worth Library. Why? Simply put, to keep up with the times. " --From the Media release on the rebranding of the Fort Worth Library
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