John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh is the director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank celebrating its 50th year.

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A wind farm outside Cape Town, South Africa. A new African energy initiative in the U.S. Congress promotes an “appropriate mix of power solutions” in Africa, but it leaves the door wide open to fossil fuels. (Photo: Warrenski / Flickr) Views
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00am
The Moment for Climate Justice
This week, the House will vote on the Electrify Africa Act. This bill directs the president to draw up a multi-year strategy to strengthen the ability of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to “develop an appropriate mix of power solutions” to provide electricity, fight poverty, and “drive economic...
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:18pm
The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:52pm
A Typhoon Tax: Climate Action Would Save the Planet and the Economy
Americans are generous by nature. About half of U.S. families contributed to earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010, and millions of us have already supported typhoon aid for the Philippines.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:19am
Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest
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Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:45am
Forging Ahead at 50
Fifty years ago, two progressive former Kennedy administration officials opened the doors of the Institute for Policy Studies.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 2:58pm
How About a Tax System for the 99 Percent?
Paying taxes, as tens of millions of us in the United States do every April, evokes many emotions—from gratitude for government programs that feed the hungry to disgust over paying for fossil fuel subsidies and unjust wars.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:22pm
Inequality Is Hurting Us All
Inequality hurts us all. Imagine if you could go back 45 years to 1968. That year, after three decades of creative policy from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, the United States was one of the world’s most equal nations.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:28am
Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 2:09pm
Obama's SOTU Was No Game-Changer
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama deftly nudged the national debate further away from the dominant austerity framework that brought us the misguided budget deal on New Year’s Day. He also brought much-needed attention to the critical jobs shortage by eloquently calling the need for more good middle class jobs the “North Star that guides our efforts.”
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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:04pm
It's The New Economy, Stupid
Most progressives have long embraced a clear alternative to the conservative story that prosperity flows best from a “free market” unfettered by government regulation and taxes. The standard progressive response: government incentives and spending are essential to spur the creation of jobs, and unions and regulations can make them “good jobs."
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