Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Sachs is the author, most recently, of "A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism" (2020). Other books include: "Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable" (2017)  and The Age of Sustainable Development," (2015) with Ban Ki-moon.

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The private investors will surely earn huge returns, so they should restrain their greed (or have it restrained for them) by recognizing the need to share the IP globally at this stage. (Photo: Guillame Souvant/AFP via Getty) Views
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Intellectual Property on Covid-19 Should Be Shared as Rapidly and Widely as Possible
The governments of South Africa, India, and dozens of other developing countries are calling for the rights on intellectual property (IP), including vaccine patents, to be waived to accelerate the worldwide production of supplies to fight COVID-19. They are absolutely correct. IP for fighting COVID...
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Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event featuring President-elect Joe Biden's economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
It's Time for Corporations to Pay America What They Owe
America's corporate sector owes the rest of the economy big time. And the Biden administration is taking first steps to redress this through long-overdue tax reforms that will help pay for the modernization of infrastructure that businesses—and all of us—need to thrive. At the core of President Joe...
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The Republican Party knows that it cannot hold national power in a fair vote. (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo) Views
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
The Current Battle Over Voting Rights Is a Battle for America's Future
America is two cultures in one nation. The first culture brought slavery, the genocide of Native Americans, "Jim Crow" laws enforcing white supremacy, and former President Donald Trump's bullying, lying, and cruelty, which culminated in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The second culture...
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Tax increases to help fund the government in the longer term will be important down the road, but they are not the priority at the moment. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 28, 2021
In This Current Emergency There Is Nothing Wrong With Borrowing Funds to Help Americans in Need
The US federal government should spend more money, and fast, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, rescue hard-hit families and help states, cities and small businesses. But it should also strive for a relief package built on some degree of bipartisan consensus. The first step to this package?...
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The Biden administration must now find a recovery path out of the wreckage of four decades of Reagan radicalism and the politics it created. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
It Is Biden's Historic Task to Reverse Reagan's—and Trump's—Reckless Radicalism
President-elect Joe Biden is inheriting a national crisis that has built up over 40 years. On January 20, 1981, former President Ronald Reagan took the US on a radical course when he declared in his inaugural address , "In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem;...
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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, January 17, 2021
One Group Who Knew All Along How Dangerous Trump Was: Mental Health Experts
Of course, the media environment was set up for the likes of Trump. America is filled with racism, sexism, and hatred, and with mass media outlets like Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News that have no responsibility to the truth. The Fairness Doctrine, which used to protect us, was repealed decades ago by...
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump take over stands set up for the presidential inauguration as they protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation's capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden's White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 08, 2021
The Truth About Trump’s Mob
The storming of the US Capitol on January 6 is easily misunderstood. Shaken by the ordeal, members of Congress have issued statements explaining that America is a nation of laws, not mobs. The implication is that the disruption incited by President Donald Trump is something new. It is not. The...
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 Let us enter 2021 with real yet cautious optimism. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Five Reasons for Optimism in 2021
The year 2020 was a harrowing one, with the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide economic reversals, widespread climate-related disasters, pervasive social unrest, and even US President Donald Trump’s phony claims about massive electoral fraud and calls among his backers for martial law. Yet, despite the...
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Politicians voiced their opinions, but they didn't listen to the public's opinions in any systematic manner.  (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Ugly Part of the $900 Billion Stimulus Bill
The new Covid-19 stimulus package will be a great relief for tens of millions of Americans, but the process of getting to it exposed the need to overhaul our broken budget politics. Both parties have been at fault in creating a process that is chaotic, undemocratic and ultimately reckless. The late...
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Thousands attend the wedding of the grandson of Satmar Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum in Brooklyn, NY on November 8, 2020 Views
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives
Last month, I wrote that Amy Coney Barrett would help to usher in a new post-truth jurisprudence on the Supreme Court. While I had cited her anti-science statements on climate change, her arrival on the court has created a new 5-4 majority against public-health science at the height of the Covid-19...
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