What the Red Cup Controversy Really Says about Christmas in America

I happened to be visiting the first-ever Starbucks in Seattle a few weeks ago when a mini-controversy erupted: There were no Christmas trees or snowflakes on this season’s holiday Starbucks coffee cups. The horror! Facebook exploded with comments, as did Twitter. Even...
IPS Holiday Party 2014

IPS Holiday Party 2014

Come kickoff the holiday season with the Institute for Policy Studies at what might be the best IPS holiday party ever! Join us at Busboys and Poets for good food, beverages, great music, our customary holiday political parody skit, and a gathering of positive and...

An IPS-Style Holiday Carol

By the twelfth month of 2012,The Institute’s brought to you:Twelve months of justice,Eleven revenue raisersTen great op-edsNine detailed studies,Eight economic hardship investigations,Seven street heat protests,Six Africa actions,Five Mideast primers,Four Drug...
IPS Holiday Party 2012

IPS Holiday Party 2012

Come out and open the holiday season with the Institute for Policy Studies at what might be the best IPS holiday party ever! Join us at the 5th and K street Busboys & Poets for food, beverages, great music, our annual holiday skit, an auction and raffle of...
This Week in OtherWords: 12-12-12

This Week in OtherWords: 12-12-12

This week in OtherWords, columnist Jim Hightower and cartoonist Khalil Bendib lampoon the latest in airline abuse. If you’re planning to board a plane to celebrate this holiday season with family or friends, I hope that your voyage is as stress-free as possible....
‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

The economy is expanding, the unemployment rate is down, and consumers are spending again. The National Retail Federation expects holiday season sales to be up 3.8 percent over 2010, and other organizations predict increases of 3.5 percent to 4 percent. It all sounds...

We the People are the 99 Percent

Maceo, who is 11 years old, shares his thoughts on child labor and holiday shopping. We are the 99 percent, and we run this town. We are the 99 percent, and we own this city. We are the 99 percent, and the CEOs are the 1 percent – not us, not now, never will we...
Move Your Money to a Better Bank

Move Your Money to a Better Bank

During a key scene in the classic holiday film It’s A Wonderful Life, savings-and-loan proprietor George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, memorably explains to the townspeople how his business works – that he’s not sitting on piles of money just...
At Peace with Christmas

At Peace with Christmas

It’s now officially too late to do your Christmas shopping early. That’s OK. Doing your Christmas shopping late counts too. Remember, it’s not the thought behind the gift that counts; it’s what you spend on it. Oh, I imagine you Xmasologists...
Wealth is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Wealth is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The holiday season exerts a lot of pressure to spend what you don’t have and go deeper into debt in the name of “giving.” This year, let us all support each other to be financially responsible and engage in building wealth instead of destroying it....
How the 1 Percent Can Camp Out with the 99 Percent

How the 1 Percent Can Camp Out with the 99 Percent

Perhaps you’re part of Wall Street’s richest 1 percent, yet, deep in the deepest part of your hedge-fund heart, you secretly support the “We Are the 99 Percent” people. Taking a big step even further, you might actually desire to join the...
Vegan Misgivings

Vegan Misgivings

Thanksgiving is upon us. I once loved this holiday above all others — but no more. The day was an excuse for a gathering of the clan, without religious significance or pressure to buy everybody a useless present. It was essentially a festival of food. In my...

Why Can’t Our Politicians Get into the Holiday Spirit?

I was born on Christmas Day as an only child, and destined to remain one. My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, having no other outlet, inundated me with presents every Christmas–toy cars to ride in, red wagons, pearl-handled cap pistols, games that used...
IPS Winter Solstice Party and Holiday Skit

IPS Winter Solstice Party and Holiday Skit

Join IPS revelers for the best party In town. Eat, drink, curse the obstructionists and be entertained by the IPS public players’ 10th annual holiday skit.This is one party you don’t want to miss. See you there! To help us prepare for the festivities,...

This isn’t Sarah Palin’s Alaska

With the holidays upon us again, I think back with both pleasure and distress to the feast I was welcomed to a few seasons ago at the top of Alaska. The effects of climate change in polar regions are now starkly obvious–and they have consequences. Not so long...