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

My Great-Grandfather Faced Danger as a Mail Carrier. He’d Be Shocked by Trump’s War on USPS.

Donald Trump’s mail slowdown upends a centuries-old work ethic and undercuts essential postal services during a pandemic, just when we need them most.

What Will Trump Do to the World to Win Re-Election?

Trump shrugged at 150,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths. Who’s to say he’s above starting a fight with China or Iran?

Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools

Military recruiters deliberately exploit the financial and social insecurities of teenagers to enlist more soldiers.

The Backstory to Portland? Two Decades of ‘Homeland Security.’

Federal forces deployed in American cities is indeed cause for alarm. But we should also ask what these agents have been doing at the border and beyond.

The Basic Case for a Wealth Tax

America’s 12 wealthiest now control $1 trillion of wealth. The only practical way to address this extreme wealth concentration: a tax on accumulated grand fortune.

Risk and Reward Have Never Been More Out of Kilter in the US Healthcare System

Nurses are losing lives and jobs while health care executives rake in million after million.

The US Should Apologize for Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki

It’s past time to eliminate nuclear weapons, for good.

Workers Need the Right to Sue

Republicans want to give corporate CEOs a five-year “get out of jail free card” for jeopardizing the health and safety of their workers.

If we want a vital, creative society, we need universal dental care, too

I hope that I am among the last who will languish for years with swollen gums and big dreams.

Voices from the Field: Giving Pledge at 10, Peril and Possibility

The Giving Pledgers set out to give away half of their wealth. Ten years later, their assets doubled. How do we break this pattern?