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.
What would it mean to take seriously the Torah’s call for the cancellation of all debts and the equal redistribution of property every fifty years?
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).
Jubilee was God’s alternative to empire, to Wall Street, and to the patterns of injustice. Let’s commit wild and joyful acts of Jubilee every day.
How might we update the Bible’s call for the periodic redistribution of wealth? Could we use estate taxes to create a trust fund for every child?
A campaign to reinstitute the Sabbatical Year and Jubilee in industrial societies could fundamentally transform the global capitalist system.
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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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