Articles by Jeffrey Sachs

Topic: US Politics

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"Calling Off America’s Bombs," Project Syndicate, September 3, 2013.

"Bring Back Egypt’s Elected Government," Project Syndicate, July 15, 2013.

"Restore Egypt's Elected Government," Huffington Post, July 10, 2013.

"Profiles in Peacemaking," Project Syndicate, June 27, 2013.

"War lobby on top in Washington," Fareed Zakaria GPS, June 20, 2013.

"J.F.K. and the Power of Practical Idealism," International Herald Tribune, June 9, 2013.

"Sustainable Visions," Project Syndicate, June 7, 2013.

"How JFK Moved the World Towards Peace," Huffington Post, June 4, 2013.

"John F Kennedy: 'We all breathe the same air'," Guardian, May 31, 2013.

"Time to End the Tax Havens," Huffington Post, May 9, 2013.

"Austerity exposes the global threat from tax havens," Financial Times, April 29, 2013. [Download PDF here]

"Suffer the Children, Suffer the Country," Project Syndicate, April 22, 2013.

"A Better Approach Towards North Korea," Huffington Post, April 15, 2013.

"Obama’s budget signals the retreat of US government," Financial Times, April 11, 2013. [Download PDF here]

"How Not to Make America Great," Esquire, March 25, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"The hidden convergence of America’s rival budgets," Financial Times, March 18, 2013. [Download PDF here]

"Deficits do matter," with Joe Scarborough, Washington Post, March 7, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration," Huffington Post, March 4 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Obama has always planned to slash spending," Financial Times, February 27, 2013. Download as  [PDF]

"Mali is just the latest example of failed western thinking," Financial Times, February 7, 2013. [Download PDF]

"America’s New Progressive Era?" Project Syndicate, January 31, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"The Vision and the Budget," Huffington Post, January 22, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"That was no cliff. It was a kids’ playground," Times of London, January 2, 2013. Download as [PDF]

 "Reject the Deal," Huffington Post, January 1, 2013. Download as [PDF]


 "Going Over the Cliff Is the Only Way to Save the Government," Huffington Post, December 29, 2012. Download as [PDF]

 "Retreating From Violence in 2013," Huffington Post, December 27, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"How the Right is Wrong About Happiness," Huffington Post, December 20, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Overcoming Delusions About the Second Amendment," Huffington Post, December 18, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Gun Control After Newtown," Project Syndicate, December 17, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Today’s challenges go beyond Keynes," Financial Times, December 17, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The Great Fiscal Melodrama," Politico, November 15, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Obama Has Four Years to Fix the Economy," Financial Times, November 11, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Attention, Mr. President: No Politics, Just Our Solutions — Saving the Climate," Parade, November 4, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The Election," special in New York Review of Books, November 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The Lost Generations," Project Syndicate, October 24, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Economic Policy Beyond Gimmicks," Huffington Post, September 8, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"America has lost the battle over government," Financial Times, August 16, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Waiting in Vain for the Quick Fix," Huffington Post, August 6, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Move America's economic debate out of its time warp," Financial Times, July 12, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"How to have growth beyond stimulus," Financial Times A-List, June 7, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Rise of Generation Occupy," excerpted from "From Cairo to Wall Street," Salon,  May 1, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"A World Adrift," Project Syndicate, 22 April 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Breakthrough Leadership for the World Bank," Project Syndicate, March 27, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"A World Bank for a New World," Project Syndicate, February 24, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Entitlements Hysteria," Huffington Post, February 17, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"An American budget for the rich and powerful," Financial Times, February 13, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Self-interest, Without Morals, Leads to Capitalism's Self-Destruction," Financial Times, January 18, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Libertarian Illusions," Huffington Post, January 15, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"How the Wall Street Journal Misleads About Federal Jobs," Huffington Post, January 14, 2012. [Download as PDF]


"Western politicians are dire, but we mustn't despise government," The Guardian, December 16, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"How America is strangling the state," Financial Times, December 15, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Politicians just don't care enough to tackle this scourge," The Independent, November 30, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Fairness and the Occupy Movement Revisited," Huffington Post, November 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"What Will Reform Wall Street?" Time Ideas, November 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Washington Leaves Millions to Die," Huffington Post, November 25, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"The Super Committee's Big Lie," Huffington Post, November 20, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"The New Progressive Movement," New York Times, November 12, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Now is the moment to bring banks to heel," Daily Mail, November 3, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Obama, the G20, and the 99 Percent," Huffington Post, November 1, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"A Nation of Vidiots," Project Syndicate, October 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Message to Wall Street," Huffington Post, October 17, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Occupy Wall Street and the Demand for Economic Justice," Huffington Post, October 13, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"A New Direction for American Economic Policy," Huffington Post, October 4, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Paul Ryan, American Values and Corporatocracy," Huffington Post, October 3, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Globalization’s Government," Project Syndicate, September 30, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Why America Must Revive Its Middle Class," TIME Magazine, September 30, 2011.

"Grim Realities in the Obama Budget Plan," Huffington Post, September 21, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Two Parties, No Solutions to Jobs," Huffington Post, September 16, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"A Real Jobs Program," Huffington Post, September 9, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"America and the Pursuit of Happiness," Huffington Post, August 30, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"CEO Follies," Huffington Post, August 22, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"A budget plan that puts people first." with Congressman Mike Honda. CNN. May 23, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"'Gang of Five'" Elite Deficit Talks Doing Disservice to Democracy," with Rep. Mike Honda, Huffington Post, May 23, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"America’s Ungovernable Budget," Project Syndicate, January 31, 2011. [Download as PDF]


"America's Political Class Struggle," Huffington Post, December 27, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"America’s Political Class Struggle," Project Syndicate, December 27, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Fighting for Survival: Sustainability in the Gulf" with Irwin Redlener, M.D. The Huffington Post. November 1, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Gratitude for the Life of Ted Sorensen," Huffington Post, October 31, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"America’s Deepening Moral Crisis," Project Syndicate, September 30, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Moving Beyond Washington's Stale Economic Debate," Huffington Post, August 30, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Making Sense of the Climate Impasse," Huffington Post, August 2, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Sow the Seeds of Long-Term Growth," Huffington Post, July 22, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Fixing the Broken Government Policy Process." Scientific American. February 2010. [Download as PDF]

"How to Tame the Budget Deficit," Huffington Post, 18 February 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Bankers' Savvy Indeed," Huffington Post, 11 February 2010. [Download as PDF]

"How to Tame the Budget Deficit." Time Magazine. 4 February 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Looking for change in the beltway: the need for open process." Scientific American. January 2010. [Download as PDF]


"Rethinking Macroeconomics." Capitalism and Society: Vol. 4 : Iss. 3, Article 3. [Download as PDF]

"Hold the rich nations to their word," Financial Times, 16 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"A Better Strategy for Afghanistan." The Huffington Post. 14 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The Surrealism of the Afghan Surge," The Huffington Post. 7 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"America's Broken Politics." The Guardian. 23 November 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Obama has lost his way on jobs," Financial Times. 11 November 2009. [Download as PDF]

"A Lobbyist's Failed Defense." The Huffington Post. 3 November 2009. [Download as PDF]

"American has passed on the baton." Financial Times. 29 September 2009.

"The G-20: bring on the peer pressure." 25 September 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Bank Bonuses and the Reform Agenda in the Balance." Huffington Post. 6 August 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Still Needed: A Climate Plan." Scientific American. July 2009.

"Rethink the Global Money Supply." Scientific American. June 2009.

"Paying for What Government Should Do." Scientific American. May 2009.

"Needed: A Fiscal Framework -- Not a Stimulus." Scientific American. April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Homegrown Aid." The New York Times. 8 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The Geithner-Summers plan is worse than you think," with Laurence J. Kotlikoff. Financial Times. 6 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The Geithners-Summers Plan is Even Worse Than We Thought." Huffington Post. 6 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"G20 Accomplishments Beyond Expectation." Huffington Post. 2 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Go beyond small steps," in 'Room for debate: The Art of Persuasion at the G20 Summit.' New York Times. 1 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The Economic Need for Stable Policies, Not a Stimulus." Scientific American. March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Making Rich Guys Richer." Huffington Post. 29 March 2009.  [Download as PDF]

"Obama's bank plan could rob the taxpayer." Financial Times. 25 March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Will Geithner and Summers try to raid the FDIC and Fed?" Huffington Post. 23 March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Capitalism and Moral Sentiments." Huffington Post. 21 March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"How to Bring Back the Big 3." Fortune. 17 February 2009. [Download as PDF]

"A Proposal on How to Clean Up the Banks." Huffington Post. 12 February 2009. [Download as PDF]

"5 Points on the Critical State of the Economy." Huffington Post. 9 February 2009. [Download as PDF]

"A strategy of contingent nationalisation." Financial Times. 5 February 2009.  [Download as PDF]

"The stimulus is a fiscal straitjacket."'s The Economists' Forum. 27 January 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The Case for Bigger Government." Time Magazine. 8 January 2009. [Download as PDF]


Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Penguin Press, 2008.

"Priorities for Fixing the Financial Crisis." Scientific American. December 2008.

"Monday Meltdown: How Lehman's Fall Created a Global Panic." Fortune. 15 December 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Obama Generation Takes the Helm." GOOD Magazine. 10 December 2008. [Download as PDF]

Testimony to the Committee on Financial Services on "Review of Industry Plans to Stabilize the Financial Condition of the American Automobile Industry." 5 December 2008.
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"Looking after the Future." Scientific American. November 2008.

"A Bridge for the Carmakers." Washington Post. 17 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Obama Needs Time to Rescue Economy." Irish Times. 11 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Work With the World: The US cannot go it alone if it is to get through the financial mess." The Guardian. 10 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Job One: Some thoughts on what Obama's top priority should be." Washington Post. 9 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Boom, Bust, and Recovery in the World Economy." Project Syndicate. October, 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Coping with a Persistent Oil Crisis." Scientific American. October 2008.

"Amid the rubble of global finance, a blueprint for Bretton Woods II." The Guardian. 21 October 2008. [Download as PDF]

"How to Rebuild America." Fortune. 14 October 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Puzzlement at banks' bail-out while aid commitments flounder." Financial Times. 23 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The American Anti-Intellectual Threat." Project Syndicate. 22 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

Review of "One Minute to Midnight" by Michael Dobbs (Random House, 2008) and "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History" by Theodore Sorenson (Harper, 2008). Jewcy Magazine. July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"We Need a Power Surge." Time Magazine. 29 May 2008. [Download as PDF]


"Revamping U.S. Foreign Assistance" with Leo Hindery, Jr. and Gayle E. Smith. HELP Commission Minority Report. December 2007.

"Climate Change and the Law." Scientific American. November 2007. [Download as PDF]

"Climate Change Refugees." Scientific American. June 2007.
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"The Road to Clean Energy Starts Here." Scientific American. May 2007.
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"Threats of War, Chances for Peace," Scientific American. March 2007.

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"A Climate For Change." TIME Magazine. 8 March 2007.

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"Moving Beyond Kyoto." Scientifc American. February 2007.
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"How Aid Can Work." New York Review of Books (Letter). 21 December 2006.
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"Welfare States Beyond Ideology." Scientific American. November 2006.
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"Fiddling While the Planet Burns." Scientific American. October 2006.
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"Ecology and Political Upheaval." Scientific American. July 2006.
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"Pay for it Now, or Pay for it Later." The Globe and Mail. 19 June 2006.
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"Why the U.S. Needs the U.N. More than Ever." Opening Argument, Vol. 1, Issue 2. December, 2005. 
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"US leadership may be set to reach a consensus with the world's poorest," Financial Times, September 13, 2005.
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"Hope and generosity can triumph over hate," Financial Times, July 11, 2005.
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"Four Easy Pieces," The New York Times, June 25, 2005.
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"Africa's Suffering is Bush's Shame," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2005.
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"The end of the world as we know it," The Guardian, April 5, 2005.
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"What the President Doesn't Want to Hear," Esquire, February 2005.
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"If the US Won't, Germany Must," Internationale Politik, No. 4, 2004.
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"The G8 must fund the war against poverty," Financial Times, June 7, 2004.
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"Don’t Know, Should Care",  The New York Times, June 5, 2004.
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"From His First Day in Office, Bush was Ousting Aristide," Los Angeles Times, 4 March 2004. [Download as PDF]

"Don't fall for Washington's spin on Haiti," Financial Times, March 1, 2004
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"How Bush ruined a decade’s good work," The Banker, February 3, 2004.
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"Who will lead the war on want?" Global Agenda 2003 - Magazine of the World Forum Economic Annual Meeting 2003.
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"The Strategic Significance of Global Inequality," (reprint) Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Issue 9, 2003.
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"America's disastrous energy plan,"Financial Times, December 23, 2003
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"The World must not let America set its agenda," Financial Times, October 15, 2003
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"A Better Use for our $87 Billion," Boston Globe, September 13, 2003.
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"Bush's billions will prolong Iraq's woes," Financial Times,September 10, 2003
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"The real target of the war in Iraq was Saudi Arabia," Financial Times, 13 August 2003. [Download as PDF]

"A Miserly Response to a Global Emergency," Financial Times, July 17, 2003.
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"AIDS Funds Fall Short," with Paul Zeitz, Boston Globe, July 11, 2003.
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" A Rich Nation, a Poor Continent," The New York Times, July 9, 2003.
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"American intentions are tainted by Iraq's oil" Financial Times, May 22, 2003.
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"An economic 'menu of pain'," with Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston Globe, May 19, 2003
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"A world for which Bush cares little," Financial Times, April 9, 2003.
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"The United States as a Coastal Nation," with Jordan Rappaport, Journal of Economic Growth, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 5-46, March 2003. (previously Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Research Working Paper)
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"Smart Money: What Military Power Can't Do," The New Republic, March 3, 2003.
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"America should not fight AIDS on its own," Financial Times, February 4, 2003.
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"Compensation for 'Meaningful Participation' in Climate Change Control: A Modest Proposal and Empirical Analysis" with T. Panayotou and A. Peterson Zwane, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management,  43, pp. 437-454, 2002.
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"Weapons of Mass Salvation," The Economist, October 26, 2002.
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"AIDS and Africa: Where is the U.S.?" with Sonia Ehrlich Sachs.  Boston Globe.  February 4, 2002.
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"Consolidating Capitalism," Foreign Policy , No. 98, pp. 50-64, Spring 1995.
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"Political Parties and the Business Cycle in the United States, 1948-1984," with A. Alesina, in Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 1987. [Download as PDF]


"Three Years and Three Lessons since 9/11," Facts, September 2004.
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"On the Economy, Think Long-Term," New York Times, March 31, 2013.