Politics & Society

Activism

Political Posters for the Twenty-First Century: A Spotlight on the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

Surveillance. War. Immigration. Palestine. Social justice heroes. Occupy. The political posters of the Justseeds collective take on all this and more.
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US Politics

Joining the Party for a More Powerful Left

The Left spends too much energy deciding whom to exclude. Let’s build a pluralistic, big-tent Left that embraces all with liberal-Left political faith.
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US Politics

What Kind of Left Does America Need?

Reviving our radical imagination, launching a political education program, and creating a new political formation must be the priorities of today’s Left
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US Politics

Liberalism and the Left

Younger leftists will work to preserve our country’s social welfare architecture — but we’re also setting our sights on revolutionary ends!
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US Politics

Enter the Alter-Left: Reviving Our Revolutionary Nerve

Anti-neoliberal mobilizations in Latin America, WTO protests in Seattle, and Occupy Wall Street have catalyzed a promising force: the Alter-Left.
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US Politics

The Past, Present, and Future of the American Left

Retelling a liberalist story of America’s founding will never yield what we need: a self-aware Left with a proper conception of capitalism.
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US Politics

Does America Need a Left? An Introduction

America needs a spiritual Left—not a soul-deprived, economistic, and narrowly rights-oriented movement that plays into the hands of the Right.
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US Politics

Why the Left Needs America: A Response to Eli Zaretsky’s Why America Needs a Left: A Historical Argument

To be effective the Left must learn to retell the story of America’s founding. In that sense, the Left needs America more than America needs a Left.
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LGBT

How Jews Brought America to the Tipping Point on Marriage Equality: Lessons for the Next Social Justice Issues

The story of Jews’ contributions to the campaign for marriage equality offers valuable lessons for how to break through public resistance on other issues that Jewish groups are now addressing, including economic justice initiatives like paid sick leave, rights for domestic workers, and raising the minimum wage.
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Politics & Society

Accounting for Egyptians’ Exuberance for Violence

It was very hard to come to grips with the fact that on the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution, tens of thousands of Egyptians were chanting nationalist slogans while waving photos, placards, banners and posters of General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, exhibiting a kind of hero worship and cult of personality that was unimaginable in the Mubarak era.
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Politics & Society

Beyond Allyship: Multiracial Work to End Racism

How can we create powerful, cross-race movements for change? A child of the Civil Rights Movement wrestles with the idea of allyship.
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Politics & Society

Trayvon Martin: Reflections on the Black and Jewish Struggle for Justice

Since the 1960s, efforts at coalition building and solidarity work between Jewish and Black communities have suffered and never reached the pinnacle that was reached during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013, the lack of deep and abiding connections between Black and Jewish activists became apparent in the disparate responses from Jewish communities to the events surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman. To reinvigorate a coalition among blacks and Jews we need to forge deeper ties across racial lines.
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Rethinking Religion

Devil’s Advocate: Building the Religious Counterculture

I have to admit: I enjoyed {title}Atlas Shrugged{/title}. Something about it resonated, even for me, on the far opposite end of the political and religious spectrum.
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Editorial

You Can Help Stop America’s March to the Right

I call this Love’s Rebellion—a refusal to accept the ethos of materialism and selfishness as the ultimate truth of our lives, an insistence on seeing the goodness in others, and a determination to replace “power over” with caring for each other and the earth! It’s time now to give Love’s Rebellion a political platform. And to make that happen, we need your help to push these issues into the public sphere. The most effective way to help introduce a spiritual progressive voice is for you to build a caucus in your union, professional organization, church, synagogue, mosque, political party, or run for some sort of office.
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Politics & Society

Violence Against Women: We Need a Transnational Analytic of Care

When gender-based violence occurs in the Global South, how should feminists in the Global North respond?
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