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Dave Belden

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A Letter From the Grunts

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 12:23 PM

This week I got an email from a stranger that I actually read. I want to share it: it's to the President from Veterans for Peace of Bellingham, WA: about Afghanistan. After it, I write a little about the man who sent it, who I called up and talked to....

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Talking Full Employment... Now?

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 7:27 PM

Paul Krugman in Friday's NY Times reported the Federal reserve's expectation of high unemployment rates through 2011 "even absent further economic shocks." He thinks Obama's stimulus is helpful but not enough. We may be back to a 19th century model, whereby the economy eventually recovers once there's enough...

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This week's strange religious comebacks: Indulgences and Usury

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 6:41 PM

The news sounded positively medieval at times this week.

Can you believe the Catholic Church is bringing back indulgences? First the church teaches there is a place called purgatory, a sort of reform school you go to after you die, where you get punished for your sins, before you...

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Support Obama to BE the Obama That YOU Voted For

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 5:32 PM

So over here at Tikkun we are as disappointed as other progressives at the first days of the Obama administration. But we have a strategy!

Andrew Sullivan has been reassuring conservatives all along that Obama is actually a conservative. We have been saying all along that in some degree...

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Believing We Can Build a Caring Economy

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 7:33 PM

What are we facing, doom or possibility of transformation? My reputation is for seeing the glass half full.

Chris Hedges is going for doom, big time.

Our way of life is over. Our profligate consumption is finished. Our children will never have the standard of living we...
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What Next, Obama Volunteers?

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 4:41 PM

In a widely-seen YouTube clip, Obama appealed to his election campaign volunteers to join a new organization, Organizing for America (OFA). He called the organization that got him elected "the largest grassroots movement in history" and said of his agenda as president, "We can not do this without you..."...

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Why Isn't This News? U.S. Rabbis Call for Gaza Cease-Fire

(15) Comments | Posted January 14, 2009 | 6:25 PM

Today on page 17 of the NY Times, a group of prominent liberal rabbis and other religious and cultural leaders called for a cease-fire in Gaza. They were backed by over 2,800 American citizens. Because they could not get their opinion presented in the major media they had to buy...

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E-Samizdat works!

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 3:27 PM

If an MLK led a Selma march today and the media ignored it, as they have ignored so many anti-war and anti-torture protests these last years, would it have happened? The world is changing and is answering citizen questions, but creative protests, ignored by the media, stubbornly keep...

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A Spiritual Stimulus Package

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 7:58 PM

Keynesians listen up: if all workers were paid what they are legally owed (let's not even get to what they're morally owed for a minute--that's more complex) it would amount to a huge stimulus package in itself. How come?

Because "In many industries - meat processing, retail, restaurants, garment...

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Mad about Madoff: the Lessons to Learn

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 1:35 PM

It's not just rich people (read "greedy people" if you want, or those Jesus thought had particular difficulties entering heaven) who got hurt by Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The estimated $50 billion losses have also devastated many good nonprofits and their beneficiaries: hospitals, daycares, synagogues, and two of the nonprofits...

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Dollar Idolatry

(8) Comments | Posted January 22, 2008 | 1:43 PM

Why is the New York Times op-ed page -- that supposedly liberal voice -- crassly preaching the gospel of money? In "What to Expect When You're Free Trading" (op-ed Jan 16) one Steven Landsburg, an economics professor, tells us that we should not even want the government to provide retraining...

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