Politics & Society

Tikkun’s vision is that we can create a caring society. What if our goal as political and social activists were both an equal society, in terms of wealth, rights, and power, and also an empathic society, where we cared about each other’s well-being? That would change the way we do politics. See our Core Vision. Please note that the articles we publish reflect a wider range of opinion and sometimes include ones arguing against our editorial positions.

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US Politics

Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing
by Michael Lerner
Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives?


Radical Sanctuary: Faith Groups Rally Around Migrant Youth
by Puck Lo
All over the country, people in communities of faith are on the front lines of a renewed and growing movement pushing for basic aid and a path to legalization for some 11 million migrants living in the United States without legal status.


Work Your Quirk: The Power of the Disability Art Community
by Kevin Kling
When I first joined Interact Theater Company, I had recently been in a motorcycle accident and lost the use of my right arm. The question was posed, “If there was a pill to take away your disability, would you take it?” I was surprised to find that I was the only one in the circle who said yes. I looked at my fellow performers and wondered if I would ever be able to accept my new self.


Holy Access
by Darla Schumm
I am lying comfortably on the table in my acupuncturist’s office. Mellow music plays in the background while my acupuncturist soothingly talks me through my treatment. As we chat casually about the different approaches between Eastern and Western medicine, she …


Crip Time
by Petra Kuppers
“I live life in slow motion. The world I live in is one where my thoughts are as quick as anyone’s, my movements are weak and erratic, and my talk is slower than a snail in quicksand,” writes Australian author …


The Crisis of Disability Is Violence: Ableism, Torture, and Murder
by Lydia Brown
Andre McCollins was eighteen years old in 2002 when he was a student at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. Like many of the students at the center, a residential institution for people with disabilities, Andre is autistic and …


You Talking About Me? – Disability as a Personal, Social, and Political Construct
by Bill Gaventa
Currently evolving are some key foundational trends that have great promise for more humanizing and just attitudes and practices for individuals with disabilities, their families, and society as a whole.


Deepening Disability Justice: Beyond the Level Playing Field
by Tom Shakespeare
I was very lucky to be born disabled in 1966, just as the disability rights movement was gaining strength worldwide—I was born into an era of disability activists agitating for recognition that we are human beings like any other, and …

Political Activist Art

On Busboys and Poets, Andy Shallal, and D.C.’s Progressive Visual Culture
by Paul Von Blum
These restaurants and cultural centers are important sites for artistic expression, providing artists additional opportunities to disseminate their works and to gain more exposure beyond the traditional avenues of commercial galleries and museums.


A Response to Seth Mandel’s Critique of the Parallel States Solution
by Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg
A staff blogger/writer at Commentary, Seth Mandel, read an excerpt of our book and made broad generalizations about its ideas and arguments in a recent critical article. Here, we scrutinize his review and elaborate on the merits of a parallel states solution.

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