OtherWords

OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies. Each week, OtherWords distributes a batch of publication-ready op-eds, along with a cartoon, to thousands of readers — including hundreds of editors of small and medium-sized newspapers. Each year, these op-eds appear thousands of times in local newspapers throughout the country, as well as in a growing number of online outlets. We believe that strong social movements need informed citizens, and that people learn best from conversations in their own communities — neighbor-to-neighbor. But between a consolidated, corporate-controlled mass media and a deafening social media echo chamber, it’s gotten harder than ever to have these conversations, especially in smaller communities with few local media options.

Through OtherWords, we’re able to provide millions of readers in America’s heartland with intelligent commentary on a range of progressive causes — on climate, inequality, war and peace, the movements for race and gender justice, and beyond. Through the trusted local papers that use our service, we reach readers in red, blue, and purple states alike with well-written, timely commentaries on the national issues that affect their lives. To read our work or get information about publishing it in your community, check out OtherWords.org.

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Latest Work

Elon Musk May Not Be So Brilliant After All

As Twitter implodes under Musk’s rule, a lawsuit argues Tesla is vastly overpaying the world’s richest man.

Young Voters Delivered Big Wins for Abortion Rights

Lawmakers should take note: Young people will resist radical efforts to violate our reproductive freedoms and our futures.

How Low-Income Voters Shaped the Midterm Elections

Americans across the spectrum voted to raise wages, expand health care, and protect abortion rights. These issues have a common thread.

This Year, Voters Made an End Run Around Out of Touch Politicians

Citizen-led initiatives scored big wins in the midterms. But now this form of direct democracy is under attack.

Republican ‘Solutions’ Will Make Inflation Worse

If cutting corporate tax rates and making billionaires wealthier actually fixed inflation, it would have been fixed ages ago.

Can’t Beat the Heat? Blame Inequality

Why poor neighborhoods are often hotter than rich neighborhoods — and what to do about it.

The Human Cost of LGBTQ Book Bans

Banning kids from learning about themselves and each other isn’t just ineffective — it’s cruel.

Student Debt Relief Is a Big Deal

I borrowed modestly, worked on campus, and still had to skip meals to make loan payments — and I was one of the lucky ones.

The Great Migration Failed to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide. What’s Next?

Real and lasting economic opportunities for Black families will come only through a serious national reckoning on race.

An Ugly New Era of ‘States’ Rights’

The Supreme Court is giving extreme new powers to increasingly autocratic state governments. That’s not democracy.

Cancel Student Loan Debt. Bail Out Regular People.

Even writing off every penny of student debt would cost less than Trump’s tax giveaways for corporations and the rich.

Nothing Is More Personal Than the Right to Control Your Own Body

Roe doesn’t just protect abortion rights. It’s the keystone that keeps politicians out of the most intimate aspects of our lives.

Liberation Is Jewish History. Let’s Make It Our Future, Too.

Jewish people should defend our heritage and stand up against violent injustices in our name.

Pushing Back on ‘Soft Climate Denial’

The Biden administration claims to “believe the science” on climate, but its actions need to catch up with its words.

Crypto Is a Risky Bet for Black Americans

There are better ways to close the racial wealth gap while giving a leg up to Americans of every color.

A Pandemic of the Poor

As we approach 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Americans in poorer counties have died at double the rate of wealthier counties.

About That $900 You Gave Pentagon Contractors

This tax season, I’d rather fund green jobs and disease control than jets that spontaneously combust. Wouldn’t you?

A Five-Alarm Emergency for Democracy

The GOP’s voter suppression laws are working. They need to be stopped before more states adopt them.

Our Military Budget Is More Lopsided Than Ever

Spending 12 times as much on our military as Russia didn’t prevent a war in Europe. It just deprived us of resources at home.

Can Global Sports Boycotts Help End the War in Ukraine?

The power of sports to legitimize a regime means they have the power to delegitimize one, too.