Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

The ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Letting the Rich Get Richer

What happens when a bold new idea for making America more equal hits our political center stage? Those comfortable with our unequal status quo — and those worried about discomforting those comfortable with our current inequality — invariably shout out two sage-sounding words.

“Unintended consequences!”

Making the proposed change, cheerleaders for our economic order go on to explain, will trigger a chain of events that will leave the intended beneficiaries of the bold new idea worse off than they had been.

There’s a New Crash Coming



Donald Trump is the epitome of irrational exuberance.

Bank Workers Fight to Rein in Global Finance

It’s been ten years since the excesses of the financial sector caused a global meltdown so massive that some pundits predicted the end of our economy as we know it. Now, a decade on, we’ve seen some paltry moves to rein in the extravagance of Wall Street. But one often-forgotten group of people working in banking have the information — and the motivation — to tame the beasts of finance.

Republicans Scramble to Make Tax Cuts Permanent Ahead of Midterms

House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady on Monday unveiled three tax reform bills as part of a Republican-led effort to make permanent many of the tax cuts enshrined in the law that passed last year. The law had a number of tax savings for wealthy elites and businesses that were set to expire after 2025. Now the GOP is hoping to push them into permanence despite their unpopularity with the public.

More than one hundred organizations reject the unjust payment of USD $31 million to Canadian mining company Bear Creek

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Puno, Cochabamba, Washington, Ottawa, September 13th, 2018


More than one hundred organizations call for the annulment of sentence against Aymara spokesperson in the Peruvian Supreme Court and reject the unjust payment of USD $31 million to Canadian mining company Bear Creek.