Winter 2016 Table of Contents
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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.
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
Capitalism, Greece, and the End of Lesser-Evil Choosing
RICHARD D. WOLFF
Time for a New Strategy
A Rare Opportunity for Progressives—Let’s Not Make It Our Last
ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY
Start a Progressive Alliance
Don’t Whine, Organize!
Three writers respond to our inquiry on how to prevent and address intimate violence. Find additional responses online at tikkun.org/intimatejustice.
The Gender of Police Violence
Skin and Kin
POLITICS AND SOCIETY
Justice for Just Us?: Spiritual Progressives and Carnism
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
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
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
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
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.
In the Spirit of Abolitionism: Recovering the Black Social Gospel
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
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.
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
A Yahrzeit Candle for Eric Garner by Paul Breslin
Where silence waits by Marge Piercy
The Lords of Labor by David Gewanter
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