Unconventional Wisdom: The Power of Culture

Unconventional Wisdom: The Power of Culture

Where else can you get an analysis of the Supreme Court’s health decision in a poem? Or find information on how artist activists are protesting museums that accept funding from giant oil companies? The Institute for Policy Studies has a long history of combining...
Unconventional Wisdom: The President Talks About Inequality

Unconventional Wisdom: The President Talks About Inequality

What a difference a week makes. GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney finally disclosed on Tuesday that he paid a measly 13.9 percent of his vast income in taxes in 2010 and will probably pay just 15.4 percent on his 2011 earnings. Those rates are far lower than what...

Unconventional Wisdom: Bread and Roses

Thanks to the many of you who supported IPS in 2011, we met our year-end goal of raising at least $90,000. Those of you who gave more than in the past or supported us for the first time triggered an equal contribution from the generous HKH Foundation. Thank you for...

Ideas into Action in Durban

Last week, we sent our supporters the Institute’s new America Is Not Broke report, which explains how the nation could raise more than $800 billion dollars annually through a tax on Wall Street and other popular measures. My IPS colleagues Sarah Anderson and...
Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

At the end of August, I headed over to the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial right before the hurricane. I returned this past weekend for the official dedication, which brought more than 10,000 people to what now is sacred ground. During the ceremony,...

From Arab Spring to Wisconsin to Wall Street to October 12

Today, the occupation of Wall Street spreads to Washington, where it’s gaining momentum. These occupations are focusing the nation’s attention on confronting the giant corporations that have grabbed too much economic and political power after decades of...

Will Obama’s Push for Jobs Lead to a New Economy?

It is wonderful to be back full-time at IPS – 15 months is a long time to be away. I’m deeply indebted to the Institutes’ staff, board, and supporters like you for keeping IPS vibrant. I want to thank Joy Zarembka in particular for guiding IPS during...
Unconventional Wisdom: A New Legacy

Unconventional Wisdom: A New Legacy

There are few events in Washington that get me excited. But I’m relishing the opportunity to see the opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial this weekend. King’s actions and words offer hope, inspiration, and a vision that, as an...

Unconventional Wisdom: Rebuilding the American Dream

The United States and the world face an enormous crisis. It’s an economic crisis for sure, with all that means in lack of jobs, lack of housing, lack of health care, and lack of education. But it’s equally a crisis shaped by endless war, by environmental...

Unconventional Wisdom: Scorching the Budget

Washington, like much of the East Coast, was hit last week with brutally hot temperatures that topped 100 for several days straight. Usually I’m a believer in the science of climate change. My colleague Janet Redman’s article, “Connecting Extreme...

Unconventional Wisdom: Fighting with Love

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I saw my share of playground fights. Most were minor scuffles and nothing was like the bullies here in Washington trying to win the brawl over the budget by throwing a single knock-out punch. This shouldn’t be a fight. Not because the...

The End of the Sacred Cow

Over the last decade, military spending has nearly doubled — it now exceeds Cold War levels. Coupled with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, these massive expenditures have contributed to the crippling of our economy. Despite lip service from Washington...

Known Exposure

In 1980, Jack Willis and IPS scholar and filmmaker Saul Landau produced the Emmy award-winning documentary, Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang. This powerful film tells the stories of everyday civilians and servicemen who were deliberately exposed to ultimately lethal...

Reflections on Inequality

I first came to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in 2000 to help expose the abuse of maids and nannies by IMF and World Bank employees. This week’s news about powerful men and the women who clean up after them sounds painfully familiar. As soon as we...

Talking The Talk

If you listen very closely, you’ll detect the faint murmur of President Barack Obama finally “talking the talk” about cutting defense spending and eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the rich. We welcome these sentiments. But there is a woeful...