Heroes Fighting to Save the Middle Class: Wisconsin’s Progressives

Heroes Fighting to Save the Middle Class: Wisconsin’s Progressives

The Institute for Policy Studies issues awards each year to heroes of the progressive movement. One goes to an outstanding group or individual in the United States. One goes to an international awardee. This year domestic Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award will be...

Bittersweet Economy

The breakfast that greeted me at my San Francisco hotel last week was bright, cheerful, and utterly appalling. The hotel management, with typical euphemism, called it a “continental breakfast.” But only the denizens of the great continent of sugar —...

What’s So Funny?

Comedian Boris Johnson is now the mayor of London. Comic Beppe Grillo has emerged as an important political force in Italy. Here in the United States, comedian Al Franken has moved into the lead for one of Minnesota’s Senate seats according to one recent poll....

Book Review: Spies for Hire

If you think you’ve even got a vague notion of how the shadowy side of the U.S. government operates, do yourself a favor and read Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing (Simon & Schuster, 2008). This book is a wide-open window into the...

Scorched-Earth Presidency

An army in retreat often destroys the land so that it can’t be used by the adversary. This scorched earth policy began in agricultural times when retreating armies burned the fields to deprive their opponents of food. Later, the militaries would level entire...
IPS Plan to Pay for Recovery

IPS Plan to Pay for Recovery

Executive Summary • Don’t finance the bailout with more debt • Make Wall Street speculators pay now • Raise $900 billion in new revenue • Stimulate Main Street and the real economy As Congress debates the particulars of the inevitable...
When the Betting Goes Bad

When the Betting Goes Bad

Rarely in politics do we witness such a rapid transformation as Senator John McCain’s recognition of America’s current financial crisis. Until the middle of September 2008 — throughout myriad home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies, and even the...

Of Coffee and Capitalism

Behind every great economic bubble lies what former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan once called “irrational exuberance.” Greenspan had in mind the tendency of people to pay more and more for the same thing: a tulip, real estate in the South Seas, a...

Release Secret Documents Now

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s death robbed his victims and their families of the chance to obtain full justice. But they can still pursue the full truth. And the U.S. government can help. In 1999, the Clinton administration took a major step in the right...

The Pinochet Precedent

The news that a priest had performed “last rites” for Augusto Pinochet on Sunday was as disappointing for his opponents as his supporters. With a battery of human rights cases pending against the 91-year-old former Chilean dictator, there was still hope...

Truth, Justice, and the Un-American Way

My organization, the Institute for Policy Studies, gave its annual human rights award this fall to Maher Arar, an innocent man the Bush administration falsely accused of being linked to Al Qaeda. His chilling case represents an opportunity for the new Democratic...