In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultimate corporate play, with the powers of the executive and legislative branches turned over to the most destructive corporate special interests.  Read more in The Boston Globe.

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Heavy dependence on coal is the number one obstacle in Asia’s push for sustainable growth while the region’s best practices lie with its pivot towards advanced technology, said leading US economist Jeffrey Sachs. Read more here.

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Billionaire US plutocrats such as Charles and David Koch, Robert Mercer, and Sheldon Adelson have long played their politics for personal financial gain – even if it means boosting inequality at home and blocking sustainable development worldwide. To stop them, US citizens will need to regain the upper hand in electoral politics. Read more at [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs speaking at the MIT conference, “AI & The Future of Work.”

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(CNN) Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s call forcorporate tax cuts is akin to his request for a government plane for his honeymoon: both are adventures in avarice. Donald Trump, Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and the key billionaire funders of the Republican Party (including the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Robert Mercer) would each reap a fortune from the proposed tax cuts. They are out [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs shows how we can raise the resources needed to eradicate poverty and to avert catastrophic climate change, speaking at the 2017 Yale Global Justice Conference.

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Trade experts and constitutional scholars from the left and the right who battle over most issues – including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – joined together at the National Press Club to support the elimination of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) from NAFTA.

Jeffrey Sachs, prominent professor of economics at Columbia University and United Nations senior adviser, discusses the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system, often found in trade agreements including NAFTA. Sachs describes the legal and economic arguments against ISDS outlined in a letter that he and more than 200 law and economics professors from across the country sent to President Donald Trump: “ISDS is a threat to legal order and to sovereignty. It fails on basic principles of rule of law and due process. There is broad consensus across the political spectrum opposing ISDS; ISDS is a central danger and risk that should not be included in any trade or investment agreements.”

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The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, and investors will raise investment, hire more workers, and bid up wages — a.k.a. trickle-down economics. If the real goal is to use tax cuts to boost low [...]

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