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

Want To Slash the National Debt? Tax Billionaires

Lawmakers need to advance policies that reduce deficits without undermining expenditures that provide us with a safety net and public services.

Could We Actually End the CEO Defense Contractor Gravy Train?

FDR put the kibosh on military contractor windfalls during World War II. We could do the same.

How Russia’s War in Ukraine Threatens the Planet

The war has cost lives and destroyed the Ukrainian economy. But it has also been a major environmental hazard.

Parity, Schmarity: The Budget Deal Gives 56% of the Discretionary Budget to the Military

The budget deal struck by the White House and House Republicans could set a damaging precedent.

The First Trillionaire: No Cause for Celebration

We’ll never, as a nation, take on the ultra-rich if millions of Americans identify with them.

Garbage In, Garbage CEO Windfalls Out

‘Waste management’ won’t help us confront climate change so long as corporate self-interest rules

There’s No Debate Over Debt—Only About Priorities

If the GOP cared about debt, they’d stop cutting rich people’s taxes and give the Pentagon a haircut. So what’s this really about?

REPORT: The Warfare State: How Funding for Militarism Compromises Our Welfare

Nearly two-thirds of the federal discretionary budget goes to militarized federal programs, leaving just over a third for our communities — a sliver some lawmakers want to cut even further.

The Two Decades That Created Our World’s First Mass Middle Class

If we take on our rich, we can recreate that success.

Report Reveals Top CEOs Dodge Taxes on Nearly $9 Billion in Retirement Funds

Some executives can expect to receive monthly retirement checks larger than their workers’ median annual pay.