You evaded the fire-storm, reaching the shore / Of the New World long before, so nothing / To speak of has shaken you more than the rage / In my father’s voice or my brother’s infant fist / Shattering a pane of the china closet, leaving you / Unharmed (the shards swept away, the glass / Replaced in a day).

The Student Debt Crisis

Why is the Education Department not treating the exponentially increasing student loan debt and astonishingly high default rates as a national crisis?

Winter 2015 Table of Contents

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Readers Respond: Letters from Winter 2015


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Many thanks for yet another inspiring and stimulating magazine, for Winter 2015.

Online Exclusives: Jubilee and Debt Abolition

The online exclusives below are freely accessible articles that are part of an ongoing special series associated with Tikkun’s Winter 2015 print issue, Jubilee and Debt Abolition. Many of our most provocative articles on this topic appeared in that print issue, which is only accessible to subscribers. Subscribe now to read the subscriber-only print articles on the web (explore the table of contents to see what you’re missing!). If you appreciate the free web-only articles below, please do enable us to keep up this important work by becoming a print subscriber or offering a donation. Fulfilling Our Debt to Humanity: A Hindu Perspective on Jubilee
by Murali Balaji

The Student Debt Crisis
by Alan Collinge

Sharing Empathy, Sharing Power: A Catholic Take on Debt and Jubilee
by Susan Wilcox

The Jubilee and the Global Economy: Lessons from Leviticus
by Norman Solomon

Debtors All: Facing Our Ecological Indebtedness
by Fletcher Harper

Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee
by Hazel Henderson

A Buddhist and Interfaith Response to Debt Capitalism
by Susmita Barua