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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

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2013

Why Won’t Conservatives Let Communities Decide for Themselves?

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

In his 1996 State of the Union Address Democratic President Bill Clinton famously declared, “the era of big government is over.”  And during his tenure he did everything he could to make that true–deregulating the telecommunications and the financial industry, enacting a free trade agreement severely restricting the authority of the federal government to protect… 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 Apr 17, 2013

Four Victories for the Public Good

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

I’m not saying it’s time to break out the champagne and start chanting, “The people united will never be defeated”.  But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite. February 22:  After a major public outcry, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed… 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 Jan 4, 2013

Who Should Pay the Costs of Climate Disasters?

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

Who should pay the costs of climate disasters?  In light of the current debate in the United States about federal assistance to Hurricane Sandy victims and the recent debate at the recent Doha Climate Conference about international assistance for climate change victims, that has become an increasingly pressing question for humankind. The frequency and cost… 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 Dec 19, 2012

Should We Subsidize Giving?

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

Robert J. Shiller, Professor of Economics and Finance at Yale recently weighed in with his perspective on subsidizing charity with a New York Times column whose title clearly conveys his message: “Please Don’t Mess With the Charitable Deduction.” There is a case to be made for charitable deductions.  Regrettably, this isn’t it. Shiller offers three… Continue reading