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

Forging Ahead at 50

Not every think tank could weather FBI infiltration, scapegoating by right-wing extremists, and even a car-bomb assassination.

This Week in OtherWords: October 2, 2013

Richard Kirsch explores the values divide contributing to the government’s shutdown while Donald Kaul blames the impasse on the Republican Party.

A Golden Rule that Might Chip Away at Inequality

By making it mandatory for corporations to disclose the gap between what they pay their chief executives and most typical workers, the government will empower investors and consumers to compare individual corporations by their level of CEO greed.

This Week in OtherWords: September 25, 2013

Marge Baker sizes up the next big campaign-finance case before the Supreme Court.

This Week in OtherWords: September 18, 2013

Saru Jayaraman calls on Congress to raise the “sub-minimum” wage.

Saul Landau, Presente!

He had a knack for turning newfound acquaintances into soulmates that shines through a flood of tributes and obituaries in the mainstream and alternative media.

The Off-the-Cuff Breakthrough on Syria

John Kerry may have just accidentally earned himself a Nobel Peace Prize.

This Week in OtherWords: September 11, 2013

Peter Certo likens the situation in Syria to a “landmine.”

Haiti’s Hard Place

Foreign-funded mining operations may not be enough to alleviate the scourges of cholera, displaced people, and corrupt leaders.

Danger Ahead: Our Disappearing Pensions

The vaunted 401(k) revolution has left few Americans with a nest egg.

The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

A gusher of campaign cash is driving our politicians to comfort the already comfortable.

The Nuclear Industry’s Meltdown

The former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says every single reactor in the nation should be shut down, starting with the riskiest.

This Week in OtherWords: September 4, 2013

Donald Kaul and Mitchell Zimmerman weigh in on the specter of U.S. military action against Syria.

Paying for Poor Performance

Over the past two decades, the myth of CEOs earning their runaway pay packages has grown into the ultimate scam.

This Week in OtherWords: August 28, 2013

Sam Pizzigati and Emily Swift unpack the shocking findings from the 20th yearly edition of the Executive Excess report on runaway CEO.

The Men’s Club

Just 1 percent of America’s top-paid CEOs are women.

In America’s West, Equality Takes a Hit

Utah may be losing its egalitarian advantage.

This Week in OtherWords: August 21, 2013

Fredric Rolando describes how letter carriers wind up serving their customers across the country in unexpected ways.

The Bezillionaire Times

Amazon’s take-no-prisoners business model made founder Jeff Bezos staggeringly rich while stranding thousands of warehouse workers on the borderline of poverty.

This Week in OtherWords: August 14, 2013

Ryan Alexander weighs in on the price we’re paying for our do-nothing Congress