Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

White Amnesia and the Racial Wealth Divide

Richard Rothstein’s new book is The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.  And indeed, the operative word here is “forgotten,” reminding us of the power of white amnesia to forget the history of race-based public policies that have divided people and shaped the racial wealth divide.

Cable TV Ignores Inequality. Here’s How to Get Around It.


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If you saw even a single Bernie Sanders speech during his insurgent 2016 presidential bid, or during his 30 years in public office prior, you know he’s worried about rising economic inequality.

The big question he wants to know is, why aren’t you just as worried?

The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers



Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as President Trump did earlier this month when he announced his support for the execution of drug traffickers.

Seven Surprising Tax Facts for 2018

1. Thanks to the Trump tax deal, taxes are way down for corporations and billionaires.

In 2017, individuals and corporations were still paying taxes under the old system. The Trump tax plan that Congress passed in December 2017 hadn’t yet taken effect.