The sprawling American Left knows what it opposes, but it rarely articulates a shared vision of the world we want. Don’t miss this fierce debate on the Left’s relation to liberalism, its historical gains and failures, and its relation to the ecological catastrophe ahead. You can get a taste of this debate by clicking on each article and reading the first few paragraphs.

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Does America Need a Left? An Introduction by Michael Lerner
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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Why the Left Needs America: A Response to Eli Zaretsky’sWhy America Needs a Left: A Historical Argument by James Livingston
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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The Past, Present, and Future of the American Left by Eli Zaretsky
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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Enter the Alter-Left: Reviving Our Revolutionary Nerve by Chaia Heller
Image of Dorothy Day 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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Joining the Party for a More Powerful Left by Jeremy Varon
Labor Protest GraphicThe 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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Prospects for a Resurgence of the U.S. Left by Barbara Epstein
Hillel image How can the Left overcome its fragmentation? Forming a coalition against neoliberalism and environmental degradation is one way to start.
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Climate Disaster Demands an Ecological Left by Janet Biehl
Conceptual graphic of crossroads of Scorching heat, floods, and wildfires are not just environmental crises – they’re social ones too. We need a Left that sees the primacy of this threat.
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What Kind of Left Does America Need? by Stanley Aronowitz
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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Liberalism and the Left by Tim Barker
Sivan Hurvitz image 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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Loving-Kindness to the Thousandth Generation by Ana Levy-Lyons
Image of HeartViolence can take on a life of its own, rippling in unexpected directions. But our religious traditions teach us that love proliferates exponentially more.
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Political Posters for the Twenty-First Century: A Spotlight on the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative by Paul Von Blum
Image of HeartSurveillance. War. Immigration. Palestine. Social justice heroes. Occupy. The political posters of the Justseeds collective take on all this and more.
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What Do the Suicides of Fifty-Year-Old Men Reveal? by Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Image of HeartSuicide has become a public health emergency for middle-aged men in the United States, exposing a deeper economic and existential crisis.
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Faith and the Metaphor Muscle by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Image of HeartReview ofWriting to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Withinby Karen Hering.
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A Secular Analysis of Evil by Marilyn Glaim
Image of HeartReview ofTrauma Bond: An Inquiry into the Nature of Evilby Lawrence Swaim.
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Joyful Poems of Leave-Taking and Transience by David Danoff
Image of HeartReview ofWithout a Claimby Grace Schulman.
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POETRY: Joe Louis’s Fist by Peter Balakian
Image of Heart“My father said when Louis won, the radio static was a wave / of sound that stayed all night like the riots blocks away in Harlem, / as the scent of lilac and gin wafted down Broadway to his window.” A poem by Peter Balakian.
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POETRY: The Legend of How the Tao Te Ching Came Into Being on Laotse’s Journey Into Exile by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jon Swan
Image of Heart“When he was seventy and fragile, / the Teacher felt compelled to seek repose, / for the Good within the land was on the wane, / and Evil gaining strength again. / So he drew on his shoe.” Jon Swan’s translation of a poem by Bertolt Brecht.
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The Tikkun Passover Supplement by Michael Lerner
Image of HeartThe Jewish liberation holiday, Passover, has messages for anyone seeking to heal the world. This supplement expands on the Haggadah (Seder guide).
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