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Robert Jensen: Elections: The Day After

November 2 is going to be a big day in our political lives.   But November 3 will be far more important.   On mid-term Election Day, voters will choose between candidates with different positions on health-care insurance, withdrawal from Afghanistan, and CO2 levels that drive global warming. The politicians we send to the legislatures Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Economics: Doing business as if people mattered

When politicians talk economics these days, they argue a lot about the budget deficit. That’s crucial to our economic future, but in the contemporary workplace there’s an equally threatening problem — the democracy deficit.   In an economy dominated by corporations, most people spend their work lives in hierarchical settings in which they have no Read more…

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Robert Jensen: There Are No Heroes In Illegal And Immoral Wars

When the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division rolled out of Iraq last week, the colonel commanding the brigade told a reporter that his soldiers were “leaving as heroes.”   While we can understand the pride of professional soldiers and the emotion behind that statement, it’s time for Americans — military and civilian — to Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Struggling to Be “Fully Alive”

“I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said many times over the centuries.”   That may have been the most insightful response to my essay asking people to report on how they cope with the anguish of living in a world in collapse.   That simple statement is a reminder that (1) the Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Think Outside The Bomb

[A version of this essay was delivered to the “Think outside the Bomb” event in Austin, Texas, on June 14, 2010.] If we are serious about the abolition of nuclear weapons, we have to place the abolition of the U.S. empire at the center of our politics. That means working toward a world free of Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The Soul Seeker: A Neuroscientist’s Search For The Human Essence

[An edited version of this article appeared in May 28, 2010, issue of the Texas Observer and is online at https://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/the-soul-seeker. This complete version is online at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/freelance/eagleman.htm.]   There’s a struggle going on inside the brain of David Eagleman for the soul of David Eagleman.   That is, there might be such a struggle Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The Collapse of Journalism/The Journalism of Collapse: New Storytelling and a New Story

[A version of this essay was delivered as the Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Lecture, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India, March 18, 2010.]   There is considerable attention paid in the United States to the collapse of journalism — both in terms of the demise of the business model for corporate commercial news media, and Read more…

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Robert Jensen: NY Times: No conflict of interest – with the conventional wisdom

The New York Times’ public editor wrestled this week with conflict-of-interest charges sparked by the revelation that Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner’s son had joined the Israeli army. The executive editor of the paper responded with a sensible defense of the paper’s decision to keep Bronner in that position.   Although it had the appearance Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Great television/bad journalism: Media failures in Haiti coverage

CNN’s star anchor Anderson Cooper narrates a chaotic street scene in Port-au-Prince. A boy is struck in the head by a rock thrown by a looter from a roof. Cooper helps him to the side of the road, and then realizes the boy is disoriented and unable to get away. Laying down his digital camera Read more…

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Robert Jensen: How I stopped hating Thanksgiving and learned to be afraid

I have stopped hating Thanksgiving and learned to be afraid of the holiday.   Over the past few years a growing number of white people have joined the longstanding indigenous people’s critique of the holocaust denial that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. In two recent essays I have examined the disturbing nature Read more…

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