Marcus Raskin

American philosopher (1934-2017)

Marcus Goodman Raskin (April 30, 1934 – December 24, 2017) was an American social critic, political activist, author, and philosopher. He worked for progressive social change in the United States.

Marcus Raskin
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Marcus Goodman Raskin

(1934-04-30)April 30, 1934
DiedDecember 24, 2017(2017-12-24) (aged 83)
EducationJuilliard School
University of Chicago (BA, JD)
Occupationsocial critic, political activist, author, philosopher
Known forInstitute for Policy Studies co-founder
Spouse(s)Barbara Bellman (Divorced)
Lynn Randels
Children4, including Jamie

He was the co-founder, with Richard Barnet, of the progressive think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He was also a professor of public policy at George Washington University’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Raskin died of heart disease on December 24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 83.[1]


  1. Matt Schudel. "Marcus Raskin, think tank founder who helped shape liberal ideas, dies at 83". Washington Post, December 26, 2017.