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  • April 9, 2012

    Dissident Voice

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    As Broad and Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies argue, the progressives of the world should have backed the best progressive candidate for the job of heading the World Bank rather than promoting Jeffrey Sachs' bid, on the simplistic basis that he represents the lesser of two evils. They highlight not only the consequences of Sachs' history of neoliberal shock therapy but also his present day "top-down and formulaic" approach to development.

  • March 24, 2012

    Al Jazeera

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    "She wouldn't represent much of a change in the bank's general worldview, although the fact that she's a third-world woman would in itself constitute a major advance for the institution," said John Cavanagh, Global Economy director and former president of the Institute for Policy Studies.

    Cavanagh said he preferred Ocampo as "someone who has challenged the neo-liberal paradigm that has dominated the bank for the past 30 years".

  • March 14, 2012

    The Portland Phoenix

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    John Cavanagh, director of Washington's Institute for Policy Studies, says of 99% Spring, "We're building a new infrastructure of the progressive movement."

  • January 30, 2012

    Pekin Times

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    In fact, “President Obama’s upcoming proposed military budget for 2013, while a bit smaller than what we previously expected, is still going to be bigger than last year’s budget,” said ISP director John Cavanagh, who co-authored the report, “America is Not Broke.”

    “This military budget will exceed the budgets of the next 10 largest militaries put together,” Cavanagh added.

  • December 15, 2011

    Voice of America

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    "I think why the Occupy movement has struck such a cord, and been so popular, that they are the living embodiment that that story is no longer true," Cavanagh says.

  • December 15, 2011


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    "This tribunal is illegitimate and it shouldn't exist," said John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies and a rally organizer. "It's an attack on democracy."

  • December 6, 2011

    The San Antonio Express-News features article “A Main Street Jobs Agenda”

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  • December 3, 2011

    Progressive Charlestown (RI) features article “A Main Street Jobs Agenda”

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  • November 23, 2011


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    John Cavanagh, director of the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies spoke to Press TV's U.S. Desk on Wednesday about the impact of the Occupy movement and its future as well as the recent pepper spraying of protesters by the police at UC Davis.

    Cavanagh said that in order to understand the current situation, one has to look back to the late 1970s or 1980s where "what you realize is that a lot of the framework for the national conversation in the United States over the past thirty years, was set by the election of Ronald Reagan back in 1980" and the message that the economy was broken due to too much government and that "we need to free corporations and the free market in order to create prosperity. Get government out of the way, get rid of regulations and let the free market reign and this was the dominant philosophy for thirty years and they also argued that, they acknowledged that inequality would probably rise." 

  • November 7, 2011

    VOA News

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    John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, said  "The bigger story is we have a country that is broken, that isn’t working for the majority of the people, that is grotesquely unequal.  And when you change a story like that, it has all kinds of ripple effects through society."

    Cavanagh points to a recent decision by a major bank to charge customers a monthly debit card fee.  After a backlash from angry consumers, the bank dropped the plan. "The protests came up and the banks acted or reacted," he said. "I think in the banking world there is a lot of discussion right now of what do we need to get these people to go away?"

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