Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

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A Handout for Uber and Lyft Is No Replacement for Public Transit

Transportation network services have resisted regulations on workers' rights, traffic safety, and the environment. The public shouldn't subsidize them.
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It's March Madness. Unionize the NCAA!

"Student-athletes" make billions for others while putting their own futures at risk.
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The Real College Admissions Scandal

Wealthy families have rigged college admissions for generations, but they want you to blame affirmative action.
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Has America's Concentrated Wealth Finally Reached a Tipping Point?

The scary arithmetic of grand fortune is shrinking our household nest-eggs.
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There's Plenty of Wealth to Go Around — It Just Doesn't

We've "grown the pie" massively since the 1980s, but it hasn't resulted in ordinary Americans getting a bigger slice.
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Trump's $174 Billion Budget Lie

Trump tells us we can't afford PBS funding or preserve affordable housing, but his budget doesn't have any trouble finding billions of dollars for the endlessly expanding Pentagon budget.
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After Trump

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world.
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Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs

Trump has signaled his priorities. Now it's up to Congress to intervene on behalf of the people.
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North Korea, One More Time

The second Trump-Kim summit was a failure, quickly leading to North Korea resuming missile testing. But they aren't the only ones with nuclear ambitions.
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Climate-Striking Young People Get Climate Change. Why Can’t Their Elders?

In deeply unequal societies, the rich and powerful never feel the environmental pain.

Senate Invokes War Powers Act On Yemen War

The bill marks a rare show of partisan unity against the President.

Trump’s Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy

Trump's federal budget proposal is the largest in history. It includes a massive military budget, funded through cuts to programs that help poor and middle-class Americans.
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An Open Letter to DC's Transit Authority: Don't Subsidize Uber — Restore Service!

Metro's plan to subsidize its own competition will hurt the planet, public transit, and the working people who rely on it.
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The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

If nuclear war comes, it will happen because of a calculation or miscalculation by India or Pakistan.
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Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon

Trump is requesting an unprecedented level of military spending.
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Disrupting Narratives That Justify Inequality and Poverty

Chuck Collins speaks with Project Twist-It's Mary O'Hara about narratives that individualize the causes of structural inequality and serve the interests of powerful elites.
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Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny.
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Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending — and Slashes Actual Human Needs

While funding for the Pentagon and nuclear weapons programs soars, investment in the Department of Education and Veteran's Affairs plummet.

Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby

Phyllis Bennis joins Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to discuss the recent media firestorm involving Rep. Ilhan Omar, as well as questions about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
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Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Each Received Over a Billion Dollars in New Donations Last Year

Inequality in America's system of higher education runs deep. Here's why you should care.