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The Church and Trans-sexuality

Newspaper La Razón (Print Edition) Juan Carlos Zambrana Marchetti January 1, 2016 In the context of the Bolivian process of change toward a more just and inclusive society, the inclusion of homosexuals and trans-sexuals seems to be among the demands lagging furthest be-hind. One of the reasons for this delay is the continuing power of

Editorial

Thoughts on Wolin

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday evening, at the reception to mark the opening of this year’s Association for Political Theory conference, a moment of silence was asked for to honor the legacy and the passing of Sheldon S. Wolin, a tremendously incisive and important political theorist and historian of political philosophy who passed away

Economics

What Corbyn’s Critics Miss

“The Stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.” ~Jonathan Swift New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won his post with overwhelming, almost unprecedented support from Labour members, indicating a preference for a new approach–even if its herald was considered a veteran of old-school

Economics

Explaining Sanders’s “Socialism” to Kansans

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I appreciate the kind attention which The Wichita Eagle recently paid to us local Democrats, progressive liberals, Christian socialists, and various others who are working to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. We’re doing it for many different reasons: perhaps because we believe that Sanders would make an excellent

Labor

Horace Greeley: Class Traitor

He was born into poverty in New Hampshire in 1811. His father was a struggling farmer. His mother did most of the other chores. He was a brilliant student, but the family often moved, looking for a better life—a couple of times so the father could avoid being put into debtor’s prison. At the age of

Original Context

The Revolution Against FIFA

Newspaper La Razón Juan Carlos Zambrana Marchetti June 19, 2015 Those who think that Joseph Blatter’s promise to resign as president of FIFA will do away with corruption in that organization are very wrong. In order to understand this, it’s necessary to make a brief analysis of the situation. Blatter said that he would convene

Economics

Their Fiscal Conservatism and Ours

A few weeks ago, in “Financial Insecurity Ruins Our Lives: Let’s Change the Game,” I discussed poverty’s association with failed relationships, poor health, and mental illness. Poverty exacerbates those. Fiscally “liberal” policies that reduce poverty are good, as are charitable institutions. But they don’t strike too deeply at the roots of the problem, they are

Original Context

The Pope and Justice

This coming 8th of July, Pope Francis will continue to break the mould as he sets foot on the land of the Bolivian revolutionary Evo Morales during a visit that promises to be historic for a Church that has not always been on the side of the poor, the victims, and the marginalized. At the

Economics

Material Responsibility: What the Banks Did to Baltimore

There’s no shortage of pundits condemning the riots in Baltimore. There are also plenty of well-meaning people focusing solely on the disenfranchisement of particular pockets of that city as if the human beings suffering there were characters in some morality play. But it’s time to talk economics, because the events in Baltimore didn’t happen in

Law

Their Morality Police, and Ours

In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in

Economics

Socialist Christianity?

On Wednesday the 4th of February, 2015 I had the chance to be present at a press conference in front of the White House. From Mexico had come the celebrated Father Gregorio Lopez Geronimo, better known as Father Goyo: a priest of indigenous purepecha (Tarasca) blood, who did his thesis on Karl Marx, the Communist

Environment

Churches, Colleges Dumping Their Fossil Fuel Stocks

Long before the price of gas and oil began to plummet, socially conscious churches, universities, non-profit organizations, and local governments began to divest themselves of fossil fuel stock and shock the fossil fuel industry to understand the environmental and public health concerns. The World Council of Churches, which represents about 590 million Christians in 520,000

Economics

Excess People

Matt Stannard’s “Policing Justice Requires Economic Justice” (part one here, part two here) is an excellent exposition into an urgent need for change-that screams beyond the horrid headlines and newscasts. As heartbreaking and frightening as the always present danger that urban policing potentially imposes on young black males, this policing and its broad unquestioning acceptance

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Four Things for Activists to Let Go of in 2015

2015 has the potential to be a year of solidarity. Increasing numbers of people are turning to solution-based, rather than party-based politics. The ever-present irresponsible behavior of those in positions of power makes those hierarchies seem arbitrary. Although many see the mid-term election results of November 2014 as a rebuke of the Democrats, it wasn’t