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

Behold the 21st-Century Penthouse: Peak Decadence?

From the summit of our new ‘needle towers,’ the ultra rich can look but never really see.

Pyongyang on the Potomac

Trump and Kim getting along is better than the alternative, but there’s no denying troubling similarities in the two men’s political styles.

My Parents Proudly Worked for the US Postal Service. Don’t Destroy It.

African Americans have the most to lose from Postal Service cuts and the most to gain from innovative reforms that help the poor, like postal banking.

Will San Francisco Be the Second City to Tax Extreme CEO-Worker Pay Gaps?

SF voters will decide the fate of a proposed tax on corporations that pay their top exec more than 100 times median worker pay.

Return of the Poll Tax

Florida’s anti-democratic poll tax will cost the state hundreds of thousands of voters — and hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Wild Political Backstory to the Financial ‘Crisis’ at the Postal Service

Budget chicanery more than 15 years ago laid the foundation for a manufactured crisis that threatens the future of the postal service.

We Need These Amendments to the 2020 NDAA

While we debate the enormous Pentagon budget, let’s also keep an eye on these four critical amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.

The U.S. Needs to Clean Up Its Own Act on Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. frets about nuclear weapons in North Korea and accuses Iran of wanting the same, all while refusing to honor its own obligation to disarm.

Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy

Don’t expect Trump to do a North Korean-style pivot in his relations with Iran.