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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Books

Patty Hearst and the Twinkie Murders
by Paul Krassner
In 1975, I covered the trial of heiress Patty Hearst for the Berkeley Barb. She had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) and was forced at gunpoint by her abductors to participate in their robbing a bank.
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Activism

Boiling Point: Why Do We Let Big Oil Send Workers to Their Deaths?
by Jonathan Rosenblum
In exposing unsafe working conditions to the public, the refinery workers are raising not just contract demands, but a deeper challenge about the immorality of a profit-driven production system that simply monetizes the loss of human life on corporate spreadsheets.
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Debt

Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee
by Hazel Henderson
In the face of economic instability, we need to consider creative solutions—like jubilee, public banking policies, and currency reform—that take into account the complexity of the environment, the nature of money itself, and the possibility for social innovation.
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Judaism

Selma‘s Missing Rabbi
by Peter Dreier
Including Heschel would not diminish the film’s emphasis on the centrality of African Americans in the civil rights struggle, but it would have lent the film more historical accuracy, not simply about one man but as a representative of the role Jews played in the freedom struggle and as a reflection of the Civil Rights movement’s inclusiveness.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

The Jubilee and the Global Economy: Lessons from Leviticus
by Norman Solomon
Undoubtedly, the present economic order is marred by social and economic injustice among and within nations and by the overexploitation and destruction of natural resources. Scripture is not concerned with designing an economic system, but rather with prescribing how to implement justice and compassion within any given system.
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Debt

Fulfilling Our Debt to Humanity: A Hindu Perspective on Jubilee
by Murali Balaji
Once we expand the definition of debt beyond material considerations, the idea of Jubilee becomes more than just debt cancellation—it becomes a broader push to institutionalize the fulfillment of our debts to humanity and Mother Earth.
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Education

The Student Debt Crisis
by Alan Collinge
Why is the Education Department not treating the exponentially increasing student loan debt and astonishingly high default rates as a national crisis?
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Race

The Demon in Darren Wilson’s Head
by Thandeka
The actions of police officers aren’t supposed to be governed by fear. But Darren Wilson’s were. Wilson’s actions, however, weren’t “his actions,” but rather an outcropping of what theologian Sarah Drummond aptly calls “an epigenetic, cellular memory of loss and its resultant need for a scapegoat.”
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Activism

Media Justice Is Social Justice: Why the Comcast-Time Warner Merger Matters
by Sam Ross-Brown
Why does net neutrality matter? Because we’re treating a lifeline to the American economy and a lifeline for communities that need to organize as if it was just about profit, rather than as the essential human right that it is.
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Israel/Palestine

Is It Right to Compare Ferguson to Gaza? Reflections from a Jewish Protester
by Shaul Magid
I say to many of my American Jewish colleagues who have justifiably marched and even been arrested protesting the death of Eric Garner; where are you when similar injustices occur against Palestinians like him all the time? Where were you when you saw similar acts of violence in Five Broken Cameras?
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