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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History

A Second Scientific Revolution Reveals the Mortality of the Modern World
by David Noble
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
by Shari Motro
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
by Ariel Dorfman
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
by Joseph Lumbard
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?
by Helena Norberg-Hodge
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
by Matt Meyer
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
by Stephen Zunes
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
by Michael Nagler
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
by Peter Gabel
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
by Jessica Benjamin
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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