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

National Philanthropic (Mis)Trust

Donor-advised funds are making misleading claims in response to criticism that they are warehousing wealth instead of boosting charitable giving.

Unemployment Insurance Isn’t Holding Back the Economy. Inequality Is.

Ending enhanced unemployment benefits didn’t get people back to work. It just made them poorer.

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

Trump didn’t just tie his successor’s hands. He handcuffed them to the throttle of a runaway train.

Close Down the Estate Tax Manipulations That Benefit Billionaires

The latest tax proposals in Congress are an okay first step, but don’t go far enough to address one of the biggest enablers of dynastic wealth.

House Tax Proposal Falls Short of Making Billionaires Pay Their Fair Share

The Ways and Means Committee plan would make a down payment on much-needed public investments but doesn’t go far enough to address wealth inequality.

9/11 at 20: Our Moral Obligation After Two Decades of War

First, Washington needs to stop killing people. Next, we have to challenge our nation’s assumptions and priorities.

9/11 and After: The Need Is Still for Justice, Not Vengeance

The U.S. has spent over $21 trillion on wars, the military, and the national security state since 9/11. That money should have been used for health care, climate, jobs, and education.

Another Colossal Waste of Our Society’s Talents and Skills

Our richest can now fly halfway round the world with their circadian rhythms totally intact.

20 Years After 9-11

Congresswoman Barbara Lee in conversation with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, as well as the Institute for Policy Studies’ Tope Folarin, the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Diane Randall, and Win Without War’s Stephen Miles.

Four CEO Pay-Related Taxes in Play on Capitol Hill

Revenue options that would also curb runaway executive pay have strong appeal across the political spectrum.