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. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade. Sachs is the author, most recently, of The Age of Sustainable Development," 2015 with Ban Ki-moon.

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We have a system that works for the rich, instead of a public health system for all Americans that readily anticipates and controls new pathogens through testing, contact tracing, and quarantine.  (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 27, 2020
Why America Has the World's Most Confirmed Covid-19 Cases
On Thursday, we hit a grim watershed. The US overtook Italy and China as the country with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. This is a dire crisis and an extraordinary failure of President Donald Trump. Americans are suffering and dying because the Trump administration failed to act...
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Medical workers at Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing facility in San Francisco, California on March 12, 2020. - Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said March 12, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 23, 2020
Global Cooperation and a National Lockdown: Our Best Hope for Fighting Coronavirus
Covid-19 is a pandemic of remarkable ferocity. The global population lacks immunity because this is the first time in known history that we are confronting this coronavirus. The virus is also highly transmissible. To add to the problem, many people who have been infected experience mild, if any...
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Sending checks to individual Americans may have its role, but it is a secondary role to sending money directly to governors and mayors without another day's delay. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
Congress Should Immediately Give $100 Billion to Cities and States to Fight Coronavirus
As America struggles to confront the coronavirus outbreak, Washington has been consumed with getting money to households and businesses -- but the most urgent need is money in the hands of first responders: the health system, the emergency support personnel (police and others) and the social...
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It is vital to understand the generational divide both to address America's glaring crises and to peer ahead to the future of American politics. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
The Generational Divide Between Biden and Sanders
The main lesson of the Democratic primaries is the growing generational divide in US politics, one that reflects the deep and disruptive shifts taking place in the US economy. Former Vice President Joe Biden has captured the votes of older Democrats; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the votes of...
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Even in the midst of the most serious epidemic of recent times, Azar's thoughts at his press conference signify he's comfortable with a system that puts corporate profits over public health. (Photo: CNN/Screenshot) Views
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Trump's Ludicrous Handling of the Coronavirus
The recent statements by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar show the distorted mentality of America's ruling elite. Azar is a typical Trump administration appointment : a drug industry lobbyist and former drug company manager put into a position of responsibility—or perhaps better said,...
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This disdain is both telling and absurd. In Europe, Sanders would be a mainstream social democrat. (Photo: Angel Zayas/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Even Wall Street Plutocrats Can't Burn Bernie
The narcissism and Panglossian cluelessness of the Wall Street elite is a marvel to behold. Sitting on their perches of power, and enjoying tax breaks, easy money, and soaring stock markets, they are certain that all is best in this best of all possible worlds. Critics must be fools or devils. When...
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The US has willfully and recklessly created an enemy for no reason other than its own misguided actions. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
America’s Dangerous Iran Obsession
US President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s General Qassem Suleimani while on an official mission to Iraq was widely hailed in Trump’s jingoistic Republican Party. Government-sanctioned murders of foreign officials, clerics, and journalists are commonplace nowadays. Yet there is...
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
The UK's Electoral System Failed
On the most important issue in the United Kingdom’s modern history – whether to leave the European Union or remain – the UK’s electoral system produced an absurd result. A majority of the UK public wants to remain in the EU, and actually voted accordingly in the parliamentary election on December...
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Democratic Naysayers Are Wrong on Medicare for All
The American political debate over health care is absurd. Americans pay twice as much as any other nation for health care, and then are told daily that they "can't afford" to switch to a lower-cost system very similar to those of Canada and Europe. If President Donald Trump and the plutocratic...
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US President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Key Trump Policies Show a Person Mentally Disordered: Megalomaniacal, Paranoid, and Psychopathic
With Donald Trump due to visit Europe again for the G7 summit later this month, European leaders have run out of options for dealing with the US president. They have tried to charm him, persuade him, ignore him, or agree to disagree with him. Yet Trump’s malevolence is bottomless. The only...
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