Winter 2016 Table of Contents

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EDITORIALS

Beyond the 2016 Ballot Box: Why We Need a National Organization on the Left—And How to Build It
Fear of “top-down” structure and romanticization of local organizing leaves the left powerless to shape the national discourse and results in most progressives siding with the Democrats in every presidential election.


SPECIAL SECTION: LESS EVIL?

Should you hold your nose and vote for the lesser-evil candidate in 2016? Should anyone? We asked seven leftists how progressives can overcome the downward spiral of lesser-evil delusions. 

“Less Bad” Isn’t Good Enough
ANDREW LEVINE

Capitalism, Greece, and the End of Lesser-Evil Choosing
RICHARD D. WOLFF

Time for a New Strategy
BRIAN JONES

A Rare Opportunity for Progressives—Let’s Not Make It Our Last
ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY

Start a Progressive Alliance
GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN

Changing the Matrix: Moving the Left Toward Communalism
CHAIA HELLER

Don’t Whine, Organize!
DAN CANTOR


SPECIAL SECTION: INTIMATE VIOLENCE, SOCIETAL VIOLENCE

Three writers respond to our inquiry on how to prevent and address intimate violence. Find additional responses online at tikkun.org/intimatejustice

Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Stopping the International Pandemic of Intimate Violence
RIANE EISLER

The Gender of Police Violence
NIKKI JONES

Skin and Kin
CHELSEY CLAMMER


POLITICS AND SOCIETY

Justice for Just Us?: Spiritual Progressives and Carnism
ALKA ARORA
Veganism isn’t a trend for the privileged; it’s a moral imperative. It’s time for spiritual progressives to take action against carnism. 

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association’s Collusion with Torture
DEB KORY
The American Psychological Association’s complicity in CIA torture is the latest episode in a long and shameful history. How do psychologists of conscience move forward?

Can Religious Culture Protect Society’s Sacrificial Victims?
LEANN SNOW FLESHER and JENNIFER WILKINS DAVIDSON
In the wake of the murders at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, progressives can draw on the story of the crucifixion in order to challenge America’s long history of anti-black oppression.

First Comes Love: Building the Religious Counterculture
ANA LEVY-LYONS
Love made a radical difference in the movement for same-sex marriage. Now it’s time to restore love to the greatest challenge facing us: the struggle to stop climate change.

A Sharing Economy: Our Hope for a New Global Strategy
RAJESH MAKWANA
With poverty and ecological devastation on the rise and political institutions incapable of dealing with them, progressives must unite under a single, universal cause: sharing.

Our Morbid Gaze: On Terrorism as Entertainment
RON HIRSCHBEIN
It’s easy to dismiss the media’s obsessive focus on terrorism as simple fear mongering. The truth is harder to swallow: they’re just giving American viewers what they want. 


RETHINKING RELIGION

In the Spirit of Abolitionism: Recovering the Black Social Gospel
GARY DORRIEN
The black social gospel’s liberatory, hopeful theological vision was a powerful, and largely forgotten, force for change. Now, its legacy is surfacing once more.

Defending the Sikh Tradition: A Sikh American Feminist Perspective on Interfaith and Interracial Marriage
SIMRAN KAUR-COLBERT
As the Sikh immigrant community struggles for acceptance in the United States, Sikh American women face a further challenge: finding acceptance in their own communities. 


CULTURE

BOOKS

Buddhist Wisdom for Healing the Earth
A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World by David R. Loy, Review by Ruben Habito

Lost in Translation: Faith, Misunderstanding, and Certainty
The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible by Aviya Kushner, Review by Elizabeth Wright

Mother’s Milk and Rat Poison
Made in Detroit by Marge Piercy, Review by Jehanne Dubrow


POETRY

A Yahrzeit Candle for Eric Garner by Paul Breslin

Where silence waits by Marge Piercy

The Lords of Labor by David Gewanter


Online Exclusives

Tikkun is not just a print magazine—visit our blog at tikkun.org/daily and our web magazine site at tikkun.org. Each has content not found here. Our online magazine is an exciting supplement to the print magazine, and the daily blog brings in a range of voices and perspectives.

Visit tikkun.org/intimatejustice to read more contributions to our forum, “Intimate Violence, Societal Violence.”

 
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One Response to Winter 2016 Table of Contents

  1. Anne Haehl February 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    This month’s cover shows an officer in full hostility—hands on hips, faced closed, lips blocking any emotion. He’s surrounted by a red circle and VIOLENCE in red and black. I’m not sure what the two very small African Americans are supposed to mean, but this guy is huge and scary. These people have about as much chance next to him as I would with King Kong.

    The inside article then refers to the “murder” Michael Brown. The killing was never adjudicated murder, and many knowledgeable people believe it was justified. He had come from a robbery, he had reached into the officer’s car, and many of the witnesses say he charged at the officer.

    Your robo-cop is untouched and untouchable. Officer Wilson—if that’s who he’s supposed to represent, among others, has thinning hair and a nasty bruise. (evidence photo)

    I have always admired Tikkun for not adhering to the dominant narrative. But if the narrative involves libelling police officers, I suppose it’s irresistible.

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