NSP

Activism

ESRA: An Opportunity to Reshape the World

We have been discussing how we can get members of Congress involved in an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the Constitution (ESRA). And so what I did over the past few months was to look at the principles and to draft a resolution. The idea is this: we take the principles in the ESRA, and we put them in a congressional resolution asking members of Congress to support the principles, and from there we can work to draft specific legislation for a constitutional amendment.
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Global Capitalism

Economics for a Global Community — A Conversation with Joseph Stiglitz

In this conversation U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, endorses economic equality and workplace democracy, and discusses how to accomplish the Network of Spiritual Progressives’ economic goals, with which he sympathizes.
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Activism

Q&A on the ESRA

This Q&A explains why we chose the approach we did in the details of this amendment (including why it is so long and so technical).
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Activism

ESRA: Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

We invite you to read our Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA) and to review the accompanying Q&A to understand why we have gone further than other amendments proposed to deal with the core problems of corporate power and the need for environmental responsibility.
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NSP Speeches

Healing Is Not a Business

Of the advanced nations, the United States has the highest number of preventable deaths. Why is this? It’s because we are the only advanced nation that thinks of patients as consumers and health as a commodity to be bought on the market. It’s because we have tried to fit medicine into a business model.
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Spiritual Progressive Analysis

Science and Spirit

If science saves us from religion gone bad, who or what will save us from science gone bad?
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NSP Proposed Legislation

NSP Update: Notes from the Network of Spiritual Progressives

THE NSP HAS SET OUT TO TRANSFORM ALL OUR INSTITUTIONS, POLICIES, and social practices so that they encourage rather than undermine our ability to treat every human being as an embodiment of the sacred (as having “inherent worth and dignity,” in secular terms) and our ability to respond to the universe with awe, wonder, and radical amazement. Where does one start on a task that large?
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Spiritual Progressive Analysis

Spirituality and Culture

Two pieces of religious literature indicate with special clarity the essential connectedness of spiritual maturity and cultural consciousness. The first call comes from Exodus 3:18. God teaches Moses that his holiness depends on finding holiness where he stands and then by taking that energy to other people for their liberation. The second story of culture and spirituality comes from the tales of the Hasidim: Holiness depends on our choosing the pieties proper to the times. Culture and spirituality, in other words, are of a piece.
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NSP Proposed Legislation

A Public Policy of Meaning

How can we frame traditional progressive platform issues in a way that gives them the spiritual reverence they deserve?
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Spiritual Progressive Analysis

Don’t Give Up

One of the casualties of this culture of violence, injustice and war is the loss of our imagination. People across the country cannot even imagine a world without conflict, poverty or nuclear weapons. But our job is announcing a new world of nonviolence.
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