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

Republicans are Right: Going to College Hurts

Women owe two-thirds of the nation’s outstanding $1.3 trillion student loan debt.

Fed Up with Washington, DC? Look to Washington State.

In the face of gridlock at the federal level, Seattle is leading the way towards a more just economy.

Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations

The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin.

A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

By putting such a sinister face on it, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to rein in America’s post-9/11 war machine.

Student Debt Means Fewer Public Servants — and More Bankers

Indebted students trained for public service are instead cutting bait and heading for Wall Street.

Companies Can Either Make Things Or Make CEOs Rich

Making breakthroughs for consumers is hard, companies have found. But making fortunes for CEOs is easy.

Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

Even over 150 years after slavery, black families still lag centuries behind whites in household wealth.

The Unpleasant Impact of an Unserious Budget

If you can get past the fuzzy math, Trump’s budget means certain pain for most families — and big tax cuts for the wealthiest few.

Students Get the Last Word on Commencement

If they don’t want protests, universities need to give students more input on their commencement speakers.

The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists.

Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes

But health care costs, not corporate taxes, are the real drain on the U.S. economy.

How We Can Get Out of Our Coal Hole

States that invest in renewables are reaping the rewards. Those that stick to coal are courting a mining collapse.

If Washington Won’t Rein in Corporate Greed, Your State Might

A business owner turned state legislator is working to rein in runaway pay at the top of the corporate ladder.

The Myths Behind Inequality in Our Country

Imploring people to simply work harder ignores the fact that most jobs don’t pay enough to get ahead.

Remembering the Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed

Graef Crystal proved that corporations won’t police themselves. Maybe good policies can.

Let’s Face It: Coal Industry Is a Job Killer

Wind and solar could create many, many more jobs than coal — especially if the government stops propping it up.

Here’s Your Diploma, Graduates — and Your Debt

44 million households now hold $1.4 trillion of student debt.

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them.

After the Chemical Attack, It’s Time to Get Rid of the ‘Muslim Ban’

Now that he cares about the fate of Syrian children, I hope Trump will open up our country — not bomb theirs.

Money Talks. We Need to Talk Louder.

Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much, but we all want money out of politics.