Marc was the director of IPS’s Paths for the 21st Century Project. This includes producing a multi-volume book examining international organizations and politics, reviewing what we have learned from the 20th century of an emancipatory and liberatory nature to serve as guides for new models of equality and alternatives for the 21st century on questions of peace, economic and social justice, cultural rights, democratic reconstruction, and racial and gender equality. He is also currently serving as a professor at George Washington University.

Prior to founding IPS, Marc was a member of the special staff of the National Security Council in President Kennedy’s administration. He has served as advisor to the Episcopal Urban Bishops and as co-chair of the Issues Commission of the Progressive Alliance, a group of 150 public interest and labor organizations. He has also served as a member of a Presidential Commission on Education and advisor to the Bureau of the Budget and the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President.

Marc passed away on December 24, 2017, at his home in Washington at the age of 83 years old. Help keep his vision alive by supporting the Raskin Memorial Fund at IPS.


America’s Warfare Welfare State

The United States has been at war for more years than it has been at peace. War is not a “last resort,” something we fall back on when diplomacy, sanctions and other tools fail. It has become our normal condition.

Remembering Bernard “B.” Rapoport

B., a man of ideas who was nimble to adapt to the times, understood that today’s movement for the 99 percent had its roots in many earlier social movements.

Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America’s Permanent War Economy

This edited volume reveals how a permanent war economy has made the United States unable to spread democracy abroad and has worsened domestic problems.

Masters of the Universe: Noam Chomsky on Universality and Moral Platitudes

Raskin’s commentary gains a renewed relevance in the context of Western “humanitarian” interventions in Libya and Yemen, and as the recent arrest of Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic brings the contradictions of international law to the forefront.

Review: ‘The Bomb’

Howard Zinn’s last book leaves us with words that bring together thought, action, and passion.

The Pursuit of True Security

For all of the money we spend on defense, are we really all that safer?

Reach Out to Cuba to Heal Guantnamo’s Wounds

The United States should re-engage Latin America by turning the soon-defunct Guantánamo Bay prison into a medical center.

Arts Stimulus Plan

Here’s a detailed call for the stimulus plan to include a program that will support artists and writers.

War, Environmental Destruction, Recession: It’s Time for a Revolution

You know you are in a perilous time when the optimist and pessimist agree.

Four Freedoms Under Siege: 2008 Epilogue

This powerful indictment of the U.S. security state now features an updated epilogue.

Collateral Damage

“Collateral damage” is a euphemism used by U.S. military officials to mask large levels of death and destruction. This report uncovers its true meaning.

Presidential Disrespect

A skeptical and adoring citizenry faces its Presidents

Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century: An Introduction

The Institute’s co-founder outlines his upcoming report, proposing a dialogue on nine essential themes for social reconstruction in the 21st Century.

You Want A New Direction? Here’s One

The American people tried to wake President George W. Bush out of his fantasies with last November’s elections.

Round-The-Clock Voting

Voting can no longer be a civic duty exercised every few years. We must now vote 365 days a year, telling our leaders that they won’t wait another election cycle to sink the country further into the Iraq War’s quagmire.

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.

The Four Freedoms Under Siege: The Clear and Present Danger from Our National Security State

Raskin and Spero present a powerful indictment of the seemingly inexorable march of the US toward becoming a national security state.

“Internationalism — Back to the GOP’s Future”

If Bolton does not step aside, moderate Republicans should weigh the wise words of their predecessors and vote him down.


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    Democracy, National Security

    Role Models Part II

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    Interview With My Double

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    Chomsky and the idea of power, imperialism and globalism

    Al Arabiya, Al Arabiya English | April 2, 2016