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, November 1, 2016 - 3:45pm
Beyond Candidates: Three State Initiatives That Could Bolster Democracy
On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my mind, initiatives in three states—California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:30pm
Trump, Republicans, Guns, and Butter
In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military “much stronger than it is right now” without increasing military spending. “But you know what?” he declared, “We can do it for less.” In September 2016, as...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 2:45pm
Memo for Armchair Strategists: Four Key Factors for Election Day
Two months to elections and counting. Americans will be voting for the entire House, a third of the Senate and the President, as well as all members of state legislative lower houses and usually half of their state senators. It may be an historic election, an election in which many states will be...
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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:00am
Election 2016 and the Importance of the Supreme Court
Many of us disagree with Hillary Clinton on a number of issues, in some cases intensely. But there is one overarching reason we should be vigorously supporting her election: The future of the Supreme Court is at stake. An ardent Bernie supporter to whom I expressed this sentiment responded that the...
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Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 1:00pm
How to Make a Political Revolution
On June 14th, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government's decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred almost exactly a century before, a revolution that may hold lessons for those like Bernie Sanders'...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:00am
The Most Substantive Political Debate in Recent Political History
Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the boldness of Sanders’ proposals is what has driven this historic and instructive debate. The dynamic so far...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:45pm
American Democracy: Progress and Relapse
The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. Our first President, John Adams warned , “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy…” Our second President, Thomas Jefferson insisted , "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.” Our third President, James Madison, the...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:15am
Downton Abbey, Obamacare, and the Road to Socialized Healthcare
As the rightly acclaimed television series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton’s Cottage Hospital. The show makes the issue mostly personal with delightfully snippy exchanges between...
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Monday, December 21, 2015 - 12:30pm
Obama’s Two Mistakes That Lost The Country
Early this year President Obama spoke before the Cleveland Club. After the speech 7th grader Alura Winfrey inquired, “If you could go back to the first day of your first term what advice would you give yourself?” Obama reflected for a moment and then blithely explained he would have worked harder...
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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 1:00pm
The People United in New York
New York makes it hard for citizens to influence policy. They cannot put an issue on the state ballot no matter how many signatures they gather. And although the state Constitution has a home rule provision, cities and counties lack authority to undertake some of the most basic initiatives. Even...
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