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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

VT blazes trail for single payer health insurance.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/vt-blazes-trail-single-payer-health-insurance/

A single-payer system is one in which the government, rather than private insurance companies, pays all health care costs. Some on the left have long harbored hopes for a national single-payer system, but the odds that Congress would ever extinguish the private insurance industry have never been anything but long.  Vermont is different. Vermonters proudly… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

The best single explanation of how and why Newark’s public schools are being privatized.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/single-explanation-newarks-public-schools-privatized/

Half a year after Newark Public Schools launched an “agenda to ensure all students are in excellent schools,” the plan has come under a federal civil rights investigation to determine whether it “discriminates against black students.”  An in-depth look into the district’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to close one South Ward school reveals how real estate… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

The Private Sector has Proven Inefficient and Corrupt. The Public is Making a Comeback

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/private-sector-proven-inefficient-corrupt-public-making-comeback/

Hilary Wainwright’s booklet – The Tragedy of the Private, the Potential of the Public – describes water, health and education as “the commons” and illustrates a quiet process of remunicipalization is taking place all over the world. There is a palpable momentum to these ideas. Last summer saw the formation of the We Own It… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

Privatizing Food Service in Michigan Prisons Proves Disastrous

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/privatizing-food-service-michigan-prisons-proves-disastrous/

Less than a year after Michigan shifted responsibility for feeding its prisoners to a private contract with international food services conglomerate Aramark, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) is warning the company that it may yank the contract. The DOC says Aramark has violated terms of the contract hundreds of times since December. The violations… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

The Single Best Article on the End of the Social Contract in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/single-piece-social-contract-ended-united-states/

In the recent issue of the American Prospect editor-at-large Harold Meyerson has written what may be the single best piece on the reasons behind the decline and fall of the American worker since the 1960s and the rise of the age of anxiety. The disparity between then and now is stark. In the 25 years… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Foreign Aid At Its Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/foreign-aid/

I support foreign aid because it reflects a willingness of rich nations to share resources with those less fortunate.  I criticize foreign aid because it tends to go from government to government, often encouraging corruption and wastefulness.  Or is driven primarily by self-interest, often undermining rather than nurturing a country’s independence (e.g. U.S. food aid… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2013

The Results Are In: On the Death Penalty, Alabama is the Worst of the (Just About) Worst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/results-in-death-penalty-alabama-worst-just-about-worst/

For several decades the United States stood alone among industrialized country in still allowing criminals to be put to death.   In the last 20 years, as more and more nations have abandoned the death penalty as barbaric—140 at last count—the United States finds itself on a rapidly shrinking list that includes China, Iran, Yemen and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Stop the Presses: Washington Discovers Mergers Reduce Competition, Increase Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stop-presses-washington-discovers-mergers-reduce-competition-increase-prices/

In 1985 the United States was home to 24 airlines.  Today there are 7.  The Justice Departments under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama welcomed all mergers. Then in August 2013 the antitrust division of the Justice Department suddenly discovered why there is an antitrust division. According to the New York Times, “But… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

“We Can Never Make Enough Money” CEO Tells Ever-Poorer Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/we-money-ceo-ever-poorer-workers/

“Caterpillar has pioneered a two-tier wage system in which workers hired after a certain date are consigned to a significantly lower wage scale than others and it recently pressed its longer-term employees into accepting a six year wage freeze.  Many Caterpillar workers ask why the company insisted on a pay freezer when it reported repeated… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

Can We Save the Commons that is the Post Office?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/save-commons-post-office/

For 225 years the U.S. Post Office has been the most admired and ubiquitous manifestation of government. From 1789 until the 1960s, the Cabinet level agency saw its mission not only to deliver the mail but to aggressively defend the public good.  In the late 19th century when oligopolistic mail order delivery companies abused their… Continue reading