Politics & Society

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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Culture

What Can Replace Prison?

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein The New Press, 2014 Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar Berrett-Koehler, 2014 If you have the capacity …
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War & Peace

Making Nonviolent Statecraft into a Self-Evident Truth

The precedents and models exist to make the case for nonviolent statecraft in the United States, but we need to make this case so self-evident that the war options become plainly absurd.
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War & Peace

American Jews and Our non-Jewish Allies Should Rally in Support of the Nuclear Deal With Iran (Don’t let past traumas contribute to our inability to see the looming possibility of a more peaceful world)

We in the liberal and progressive wing of the Jewish world must loudly and publicly congratulate the negotiators who achieved a deal that will prevent Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons in the coming years, an agreement …
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Media

The Community Radio Revolution

With stations like KNSJ realizing the potential of grassroots radio and hundreds more stations set to go on the air very soon, many advocates see the 21st century as a new era for participatory media.
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Health

The Other Art

We, the young, pretty ones, could easily find or fake the generosity to jolly those luckless oldsters along. We could cheerfully shake their hands (only a little appalled by their soft grips, papery skin, delicate bones, faintly mildewed smell). We could chat with them, ask how they were getting on., and we found ways to look interested in their answers. We listened, even if the answers bored us. Silently, however, we relegated the oldsters’ thinking and experience to the Irrelevant pile.
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