NEW YORK – “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” asked Henry II as he instigated the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, in 1170. Down through the ages, presidents and princes around the world have been murderers and accessories to murder, as the great Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin and Walter [...]

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A “tech tax” is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a few thousand people, influential economist Dr Jeffrey Sachs has warned. Speaking to the Guardian, Sachs backed calls for taxation aimed at the largest tech companies, arguing [...]

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October 23rd, 2018

Richard Larkins Oration

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JAMES WONG asked: Professor Sachs, you laid out a visionary blueprint for the end of poverty underpinned by an international commitment of wealthier countries to provide international development aid to developing economies. Such a plan was always going to be reliant on multilateral cooperation but recently, you have commented on the end of multilateralism – [...]

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“Economist Jeffrey Sachs has been at the forefront of global economic policy for close to four decades. He’s helped countries transition from communism to capitalism—with varying degrees of success—and advised the United Nations on programs promoting sustainable economic growth and the alleviation of poverty. He’s also directed the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is [...]

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“Amid the chaotic, whim-based foreign policy of the Trump administration, a growing number of writers and thinkers are asking what the left-wing, anti-Trump foreign policy is, exactly. When Trumpism burns itself out, what will the world look like? Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs has presented one vision in his new book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism…” Read the interview [...]

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“If you are tired of reading the same, Washington-based, consensus, ‘realist’ and or ‘neo-conservative’, critiques of American foreign policy, here is something to salivate on: Jeffrey D. Sachs’, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (Columbia University Press, 2018). By turns, noted author Jeffrey Sachs’ book is unorthodox, iconoclastic, novel and indeed at times eccentric. A New Foreign [...]

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“American exceptionalism has long been a tenet of US foreign policy. Today, it’s taken the form of an isolationist, “America first” approach. In this week’s episode, world renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs shares his perspectives on how a century of exceptionalism has created false justification for countless wars while leading to an increasingly polarized, unjust world. Sachs [...]

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Donald  Trump’s  “America  First”  foreign  policy  represents  a new  and  vulgar  strain  of  American  exceptionalism.  It  proudly proclaims  its  intention  to  maintain  U.S.  military  dominance as  the  core  pillar  of  U.S.  foreign  policy.  Trump’s  National Security  Strategy uses  the  term  “overmatch”  to  signify  this military dominance, stating that the U.S. must “restore  the  readiness  of  our  forces  for  major  war,  and  grow the  size  of  the  force  so  that  it  is  capable  of  operating  at sufficient  scale  and  for  ample  duration  to  win  across  a  range of  scenarios.”

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