David Morris

Here’s What We Can Learn from the 150 Ballot Initiatives Just Decided by Voters Across the Country

The midterm elections are over. We know who our representatives will be and hope they justify our faith in them. But the 2018 elections also gave us a glimpse into what voters might do if they voted on policies rather than representatives.

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How to Save the Internet

In late October, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proudly announced, “We’ve been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine months, the Commission has voted on 63 items at our monthly meetings, compared to 103 in the preceding three years.” It now surpasses 70.  

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The Cruel Exploitation of Farmworkers Continues Unabated - Only Organizing Can Turn It Around

Florida produces 90 percent of our winter tomatoes. The Immokalee region in southwestern Florida grows one-third of all U.S. tomatoes.

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There Is One Effective Way of Protecting Communities From Gentrification

About 15 years ago, the half-century flight from America’s cities came to an end. A growing number of cities began see a growing in-migration, often of people with higher incomes. Rising real estate prices spurred land speculation and new developments, threatening existing neighborhoods with displacement and reducing affordable housing.

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Will Retailers Switch to a Price Tag System That Screws Customers at Every Opportunity?

In the beginning there were no fixed prices. Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags, along with the slogan, “If everyone was equal before God, then everyone would be equal before price.” Wanamaker’s stated intent was to establish “new, fair and most agreeable relations between the buyer and the seller.”

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It's Time to Take America's Billionaire Class Head On

Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in 2008, “Yes We Can.” At the federal level this is a time to expose, to educate and to resist. But at the state and local level we can act proactively to fashion strategies that both embrace progressive values and directly benefit those who mistakenly voted for Donald Trump as an economic savior. This is the first in a series of pieces focusing on what can be done.

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3 Groundbreaking Progressive Initiatives That Are Under the Radar This Election

On November 8, citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives covering a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my mind, initiatives in three states stand out as having a potentially broad national impact: California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail. 

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We Are Living in the Golden Age of Defense Waste and Corruption; Trump Will Make It Much Worse

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.”

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How the GOP Gamed the Voting System to Dominate and Why Elections Are an Anti-Democratic Mess

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.

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The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Which President Do You Want Picking Them?

Many progressives 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.

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