Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is a co-editor of Inequality.org. @Anderson_IPS

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The Wall Street giants whose reckless and even criminal behavior ushered in the 2008 crisis ended up, after the dust settled, even bigger and more powerful than before the crisis began. Views
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?
We all have to come together. We need to help each other. We don’t have time for politics as usual. In times of crisis — the current coronavirus pandemic, for instance — these sorts of calls for cooperation become the drumbeat of our daily lives. And most all of us march to that drumbeat because we...
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The upcoming Super Tuesday primaries will include two states — Colorado and Utah — that have shifted completely to vote at home systems, as well as California, which has allowed counties to run all-mail elections for years and is transitioning into a fully vote at home system in the next few years. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 27, 2020
To Reduce Inequality in the Election Process, All States Should Allow Voting At Home
In the United States of America, we have an election process in which the wealthiest Americans can spend unlimited funds to buy political influence while the poor, particularly poor people of color, face multiple barriers to exercising their most basic democratic right: voting. As a result, the...
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Congress needs to take action to prevent a catastrophic war on Iran. De-escalating the current tensions is the most immediate priority. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Congress: War Profiteering Is Real. We Need to End It.
The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. There is...
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We can put an end to dangerous war profiteering by denying federal contracts to corporations that pay their top executives excessively. (Photo: Chris Devers / Flickr) Views
Monday, January 06, 2020
Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump's Attacks on Iran
CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official last week. As soon as the news reached financial markets, these companies’ share...
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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Danny Glover Supports Landmark Reparations Fund in Chicago Suburb
Earlier this year, the actor Danny Glover joined author Ta-Nehisi Coates for a Capitol Hill hearing on slavery reparations. That was a historic milestone in the fight for a federal commission to study how America could best make amends for slavery. But as is the case on so many issues, local...
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Giovanna De La Rosa (center) at a United for Respect demonstration. Views
Monday, December 09, 2019
Toys R Us Worker: Wall Street Billionaires Should Not Be Making Money By Putting People Out of Work
For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys ‘R’ Us—especially during the holiday shopping season. “I loved bringing joy to families and to children,” she shared at a recent congressional hearing . “I watched so many of the local kids grow up over the years while shopping in our...
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A protester at a union rally against government budget cuts in New York. Views
Saturday, November 30, 2019
A Corporate Tax Even Republicans Should Love
I moved away from my hometown of Litchfield, Minnesota, several decades ago, and since that time, my politics have veered to the left as those in my hometown have veered to the right. Donald Trump won my family's western Minnesota congressional district by over 30 percentage points . And yet, when...
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A recent IPS report finds that 80 percent of S&P 500 firms last year paid their CEO over 100 times their median employee pay. At 50 publicly held firms, workers would have to toil at least 1,000 years to make as much as their boss made in just one. (Photo collage: Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Sanders, Lee, and Tlaib Lead Effort to Tax Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps
A new congressional bill would deliver heftier IRS bills to corporations that overpay their top executives at the expense of their workers. Institute for Policy Studies experts have advocated for such policies since the 1990s, the decade CEO pay at big U.S. corporations began soaring into the...
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Today’s overpaid CEOs are unlikely to start sharing that good life—and the wealth that finances it—more equitably without public policies to prod them in this direction. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Where Is 'Line Worker Barbie'?
Mattel executives say they’re worried about girls developing “self-limiting beliefs,” resulting in a "dream gap" with boys. So the giant toymaker rolled out an extensive line of “ Career Dolls ,” including Barbie pilots, firefighters, and robotic engineers, to inspire its young patrons. But there’s...
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Not much is trickling down. (Photo: Institute for Policy Studies) Views
Monday, October 07, 2019
Paying the Boss 1,000 Times More Than a Worker Encourages Reckless Corporate Behavior
Back in the 1960s and into the 1970s, few American corporate chief executives pocketed more than 40 or 50 times what they paid their workers. That divide looks quaint by today’s standards, but back then business analysts like the famed Peter Drucker considered even those gaps much too wide. Drucker...
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