Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) editorial manager.

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Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Who’s Afraid of 'Socialism'?
For decades, Republicans have painted anyone left of Barry Goldwater as a “socialist.” Why? Because for a generation raised on the Cold War, “socialist” just seemed like a damaging label. And, probably, it was. You can tell, because many liberal-leaning figures internalized that fear. When Donald...
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Dayton, Ohio (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Trump Is No Friend to Workers, But That Doesn't Mean He Won't Lie About It
There’s an image burned into my brain from childhood: the graffitied train tracks along the intersection of Fifth and Patterson in downtown Dayton, Ohio. It’s a slightly shabby landscape dotted by warehouses, churches, fast food restaurants, and — at the margins — an old arthouse theater. If you...
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Lawmakers need to move before it’s too late. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, January 03, 2020
Trump’s Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition
In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. That’s the conclusion of experts surveyed by Vox reporter Alex Ward . “The worst-case scenarios here are quite serious,”...
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Americans have also paid dearly for these wars: $6.4 trillion, plus significant losses of life and limb. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
End the Wars, Win the Antiwar Vote
Like anyone else who was around that day, I can tell you exactly where I was on 9/11. I was a Catholic school eighth grader, fresh off my 14th birthday. The school day lurched along for a while, but eventually we dropped the pretense of carrying on. Teachers ushered us into the adjoining church for...
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Impeachment supporters rally outside the White House. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
“Has Trump finally gone too far?” There’s a headline you’ve seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country’s new president into investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s past business there. Trump...
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The "Squad": Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Washington vs. The Squad
You’ve heard the cliche: If you’re taking heat from “both sides,” you must be doing something right. It’s dubious advice, but it fits pretty well for “the Squad” — the progressive first-year Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. Donald Trump recently...
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School children march through the city center carrying a banner during a demonstration calling for action on climate change in South Africa, on June 14, 2019, in Cape Town, as part of the international "Extinction Rebellion" (XR) protests. Views
Sunday, June 16, 2019
A Father’s Day Gift for Myself: Activism
News about climate change has been so spooky for so long that it can feel like background noise. We find a way to carry on like normal, even when the news is disquieting. Well, let me tell you I’m having a moment when it’s hard to do that. For me the trigger was a recent report by Australia’s...
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Meanwhile, egged on by Bolton, Trump is considering sending 120,000 or more troops into another purposeless bloodbath in the Middle East. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
Pardoning War Criminals Is a Monstrous Way to Honor Memorial Day
How are you spending Memorial Day? Ordinary people may attend parades, host cookouts, or take the long weekend to visit loved ones. Donald Trump, on the other hand, may pardon a few war criminals. The president recently requested the files of several accused and convicted U.S. war criminals, a...
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What it should end, however, is the incredibly naive belief that someone was going to wave a magic wand and make all this “Trump stuff” go away. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Russia Was Never the Real Scandal
Robert Mueller won’t be filing any more indictments related to the “Russiagate” investigation. Though the search unearthed ample evidence that Russia wanted Trump to become president—and hints that some members of Trump World were perhaps aware of this — the recent summary declared no concrete...
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
People Who Care About Democracy Don’t Plot Coups Abroad
For some months now, Venezuela’s socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn’t pretty — and to hear the right wing tell it, it’s...
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