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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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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A bank employee counts US currency and Chinese currency notes at a bank on August 6, 2019 in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China. The onshore exchange rate of the Chinese currency fell beyond 7 per US dollar on August 5. (Photo: Xu Jinbai/VCG via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
China Isn't the Economic Manipulator in This Trade War. Trump Is
The latest round of tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods imposed by Trump last week has seriously rattled world markets. The Chinese currency has now depreciated against the dollar, sending stock markets into a tailspin . Trump immediately blamed China for "currency manipulation," and our...
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Boris Johnson (L) and US President Donald Trump greet before a meeting on United Nations Reform at UN headquarters in New York on September 18, 2017. Views
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy
How did the world’s two most venerable and influential democracies – the United Kingdom and the United States – end up with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson at the helm? Trump is not wrong to call Johnson the “ Britain Trump ” ( sic ). Nor is this merely a matter of similar personalities or styles:...
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Bruce Hrobak, owner of Billy Bones Bait & Tackle in Port St. Lucie, Florida, speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during an White House event on the environment July 7, 2019 in which Trump and others tried to claim the president has an environmental record the administration can be proud of. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Let Us Be Clear: Trump's Environmental Record Is a Crime Against Humanity
For the second time in two weeks, President Donald Trump has claimed that the United States is a leader on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. He said this first at the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, and again Monday at the White House in remarks about his environmental record . It's worth...
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Why Calling Bernie Sanders a 'Radical' Is Nonsense
As the Democratic candidates for president continue to roll out policy positions, many pundits are classifying them as centrists (such as former Vice President Joe Biden) and radicals (such as Senator Bernie Sanders and a few others). But let's not confuse semantics and substance. Voters want and...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcoming ceremony November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 27, 2019
China Is Not the Source of Our Economic Problems—Corporate Greed Is
China is not an enemy. It is a nation trying to raise its living standards through education, international trade, infrastructure investment, and improved technologies. In short, it is doing what any country should do when confronted with the historical reality of being poor and far behind more...
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"Unlike many macroeconomists," writes Sachs, most Americans know "there is more to life than a short-run increase in GDP growth or decline in the unemployment rate." Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Illusions of Growth
National politics in the United States has become enslaved to macroeconomic indicators that have little bearing on true wellbeing. For many commentators, the snapshot growth rate of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2019, coupled with a decline in the unemployment rate to 3.6% in April, implies that...
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