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

Supremely High Stakes in This Election

When it comes to workers’ rights, some of the most influential government officials we’ll be voting for are ones whose names don’t actually appear on the ballot.

Where’s Joe the Plumber When You Need Him?

Without someone at least ranting about sharing the wealth, no one’s talking about sharing the wealth.

Tricky Treats

Sugar haunts too much of what we eat these days.

GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

Records show that a Republican running for county commissioner in Texas has been casting ballots there and in Pennsylvania.

Middle Class Fantasy

Median family income is sliding, the social safety net is tattered, and only the top 5 percent are making any real monetary headway.

Trick or Mistreat

Big Chocolate uses forced labor in West Africa and feeds obesity and diabetes in the United States.

Mitt Wants to be President – This President

Conservatives are going to bed very nervous tonight. They must be realizing that Mitt really is the liberal they were afraid he was. Peace, love, and… gender equality?

The Poison Pill of Tax Cuts

A quick review of presidential track records shows that giving the rich tax breaks doesn’t spur job creation and economic growth.

A Tribute to George McGovern

He has lived a life nearly as large as his heart.

This Week in OtherWords: October 17

Arnold Oliver recaps the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years ago, reminding us of how lucky we were and still are that Moscow and Washington didn’t exchange nuclear blows.

Can Obama Get His Groove Back?

This election is the president’s to lose.

Pulling the Plug on Ex-Gay Quackery

More states should follow California’s lead and protect minors from the junk science known as “conversion therapy.”

A Plan for the Democratic Party

If the Dems win big in November, they should use their newfound political capital.

More Lucky than Brilliant

Moscow and Washington almost blew up the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis over a misunderstanding.

Empty Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric

Lots of office-seekers this fall are campaigning against the 1 percent, but will they govern that way?

The Risky Business of Eating in America

How can eating too much rice can give you cancer?

Fracking Liars

Supporters and leaders of the hydraulic fracturing industry aren’t being honest about government support for this new natural gas boom.

One Nation, Under Surveillance

The cell phone has become the instrument of choice for tracking your every move.

Anti-Proliferation Brigade

Can’t you see we’re busy?

Rope-A-Dope Revives the Hope

Mitt was no wimp, and Obama was no progressive, but Obama had the better plans, the better attacks, and the better handle on the truth.