Magazine article Tikkun

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Magazine article Tikkun

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Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming Winona LaDuke Haymarket Books, 2016

With Americans experiencing a growing awareness of the persistence of racism in every aspect of our lives, we welcome Haymarket Book's republication of Winona LaDuke's important focus on the way the Native American community is healing itself from the ravages of the genocide inflicted upon them even as that community must now recover power to slow the latest assaults on their land and their rights by the energy industry. LaDuke highlights the way Native Americans are healing through recovering their own sacred traditions, and in that process are increasingly able to lead the way to slow climate change.

The Market As God Harvey Cox Harvard University Press, 2016

America at War with Itself Henry A. Giroux City Lights Books, 2017

The connection between a deeper spirituality and resistance to the destructive path of global capitalism comes into deep focus in the brilliant new book by Harvey Cox, a professor of divinity at Harvard. Cox shows how the glorification of the market, allegedly by secular and impartial economists, media, and politicians is actually a manifestation of worship for the new religion in which the competitive market is their god. Instead of serving a useful but limited purpose, the worshippers of "The Market" (capital letters appropriate to a god) have sought to give it supreme sovereignty, abolishing all consideration of our humanity that conflict with its power. Cox suggests a path of repentance, restoration, and recreation-restoring the market place to its much more limited and healthy place and the democratization of the economy as a whole. "Ordinary people and local communities would be directly involved in not just political decisions but all the decisions that affect their lives, including economic ones." Cox hopes in this process that we can reclaim for humanity "a God whose essential nature is itself pluralistic and who strives to compose a universe of free and responsible 'others'."

Henry Giroux has become the Left's most articulate and insightful critic of America's distorted political life, highlighting its authoritarian turn and the political illiteracy that our culture fosters and that the media helps channel into racism, the worship of money and power, and an ethos of survival-of-the-fittest that produces the foundation for renewed fascistic movements. The alternative is a critical pedagogy linked to an ongoing project of democratization and "the defense of public spheres capable of producing thoughtful citizens, critically engaged communities, and an ethically and socially responsible society (see also Giroux's "Defending Educators in An Age of Neoliberal Tyranny" in Tikkun, Fall 2016, vol. …

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