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

Fracking our Thanksgiving Feast

Could mining Wisconsin sand lead to butter and cranberry shortages?

Voting Can Be Good for Your Health

Obama’s re-election means insurance companies won’t be able refuse to cover the treatment I will need for the rest of my life.

The Return on Those Bad Bets on Romney

Billionaires can win politically even when they lose on Election Day.

Without Unity, We’ll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff

Our lawmakers have an opportunity to negotiate a better budget deal for this country.

The Biggest Loser in Politics

Billionaires expect better returns than Karl Rove pulled off on Election Day.

The ‘Fix-the-Debt’ Racket

Behind this Trojan Horse is a plot to slash corporate taxes.

Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Official secrecy doesn’t just shield high-ranking officials from the personal embarrassment that comes with taking the term “embedded” too literally.

Now, Will Obama Break His Climate Silence?

We must hold him accountable for living up to his visionary rhetoric and call him out on the shortsightedness of his energy policy.

This Week in OtherWords: After the Superstorm

OtherWords is taking stock of the many ways in which Sandy may prove a teachable moment.

Inequality-Fighting Lawmakers Win Big

Members of Congress whose votes favor the 99 percent fared well on Election Day.

The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

Voters knew just what to do.

How Sandy Reveals the GDP’s Twisted Logic

Extreme weather doesn’t boost the economy.

Hurricane Sandy’s Wakeup Call

Sandy is only the latest and most devastating incident in a pattern of extreme weather that’s become impossible to ignore.

Social Security: It Ain’t Broke

It’s a basic part of what makes America run, like our national highway system.

Rebuilding Resilience

We have to stop subsidizing people to live in harm’s way.

The Invisible Hand Won’t Stop Inequality in Its Tracks

We’ll have more economic and climate disasters on Sandy’s scale unless our political systems intervene.

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Factory farms are animal concentration camps.

Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial

If Wall Street doesn’t get Mother Nature’s hint, it will become the entire world’s tragedy.

Sandy Trumps Romney’s Climate Joke

Why isn’t anyone laughing anymore?

A Better Way to Run Elections

If voters had a way to rank candidates rather than just choose one, it would be good news for politicians like Tim Pawlenty.