Politics & Society

Tikkun's 30th Anniversary: Special Editorial

Tikkun at 30

Ok, I’ll admit it — I am proud of our role as a prophetic voice for peace, love, environmental sanity, social transformation, and unabashedly utopian aspirations for the world that can be. Over these past thirty years Tikkun has been …
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Join the Mensch Movement

Earlier in the week, it appeared that the House Democrats felt helpless and perhaps hopeless about the gun situation. Every attempt to pass even small steps to decrease the number of gun deaths have been met with staunch and unflinching opposition from a legion of Republicans walking in lockstep. It took a filibuster in the Senate even to get a vote scheduled, and the House, without filibuster rules, was left with no choice but to break the rules in order to be heard.
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Why We Should Prosecute Our Own War Criminals

Another development of equal moment in the news from England was the long-awaited release on Wednesday, July 6th of the Chilcot Inquiry Report. Nearly seven years in coming, this Report presented the findings of an independent investigation chaired by Lord Chilcot that looked into the UK’s role in the Iraq War and particularly into the decision-making process of the country’s leadership.
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Politics & Society

Brussels and the Body Politic

For many years there has been concern that a terrorist strike on the networks of social connectivity, most commonly understood to include things like power grids, communications networks, and the like, could cause considerable damage to our information-based society. In many ways this concern is warranted, although the primary targets are not those infrastructural networks under corporate control, but rather much more informal networks of face-to-face community formation.
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Politics & Society

The Chuppah That Held Us All: What We Found in Our Gay Marriage That the Supreme Court Missed

Our marriage, we continue to discover, is more than a mere two-person union. It is two people held in communion, sacred and spiritual association, by their community.
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History

A Second Scientific Revolution Reveals the Mortality of the Modern World

In this essay I explain how I moved from a critique of a metaphor of two worlds, America and Europe, to a critique of a metaphor of two worlds, modern and traditional. I also now see America and the modern as symbolic representations of a limitless frontier. I see Europe and the traditional as symbolic representations of a limited home. Once I saw Europeans leaving home to come to an American frontier; now I see modern people leaving traditional homes to come to a universal frontier/marketplace. And I see this powerful modern prophecy of an exodus from a limited old world to a limitless new world as the major cause of our dangerous environmental crisis. We do not nurture our earthly home because we believe we are going to a frontier of unlimited resources.
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Politics & Society

Scholarship Against Desire

First published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities as part of the Part of the Legal Education Commons, and the Legal Writing and Research Commons. [1] “Where is your heart in this work?” I often pose this question to …
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Politics & Society

A Time for Literary Diplomacy

Now that recent Senate votes have guaranteed that the agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program will go into effect, what more can America do, beyond the strictest vigilance, to build on this historic breakthrough for peace? Perhaps it is time …
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Rethinking Religion

Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key to Countering Islamism and Islamophobia

Neither Islamophobic westerners nor militant Islamists are right about the Prophet Muhammad—he believed in nonviolence, not retaliation.
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Global Capitalism

Strengthening Local Economies: The Path to Peace?

To understand the rise in terrorism worldwide, we must examine the impact of global consumer culture on communities across the planet.

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War & Peace

Revolutionary Nonviolence: Statecraft Lessons from the Global South

Nonviolent activists in the Global North have much to learn from their counterparts in Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, India, and Grenada.
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Nonviolent Activism

Alternatives to War from the Bottom Up

Simply opposing war is not enough—we need to put forward credible alternatives. Nonviolent statecraft is within our reach.
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Nonviolent Activism

Nonviolence Writ Large

Nonviolence could be the way of nations—and that might just save us.
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Politics & Society

The Spiritual Dimension of Social Justice: Transforming the Legal Arena

We need a new legal paradigm that affirms the spiritual dimension of our common existence. Join our efforts to place empathy at the center of the law.

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Politics & Society

Acknowledging the Other’s Suffering: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Trauma in Israel/Palestine

Even in situations of extreme trauma and asymmetrical power, it’s possible to move beyond an us/them mentality. Here’s how.
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