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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 7, 2012

Lincoln, the Movie, and The Rest of the Story

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

Lincoln is a magnificent movie. But as I left the theatre, to echo Paul Harvey, the late radio commentator, I wanted to know “the rest of the story”. The movie begins in January 1865, exactly 2 years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves of the Confederate States “thenceforward and forever free. ” As… 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 Oct 16, 2012

What a Difference a Court Makes

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

In a democracy the majority wins. Which makes minority groups vulnerable.  At the dawn of the Republic John Adams warned about “the tyranny of the majority.” Almost a century later, the 14th Amendment finally declared that no State shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  Despite its being… 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 Jul 27, 2012

The Health Care Debate: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/debating-health-care-american-bubble/

Nowhere is the phrase American Exceptionalism more appropriately used than when describing our debate over health care.  Outside the bubble that is the United States health care is viewed as a right, recognition that sickness and injury can strike anyone despite their best efforts and an acknowledgement of a basic obligation civilized societies have to… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2010

Every Justice is a ‘Judicial Activist’

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

Right-Wingers Just Don’t Like the Ones Who Don’t Agree with Them.  In 1787, writing in the Federalist Papers in support of state ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton argued that the proposed Supreme Court “will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the constitution.” As for judicial activism, “contraventions of the will of the legislature may now and then happen; but they can never be as extensive as to affect the order of the political system.” Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2001

Sales Tax Fairness Update

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

Efforts to apply sales taxes equally to both bricks-and-mortar and online retailers have made substantial progress since our last update, yet it is likely to be several more years before a level playing field becomes a reality. The Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot compel out-of-state companies, including internet and catalogue retailers, to collect state and local sales taxes. Continue reading