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Washington vs. America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Washington is an island drowning in its own self-interest, surrounded by a hurting and unhappy nation of deeply patriotic citizens who hunger for shared national purpose but find our politics to be sickening, insulting and corrupted.

It's the Values, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Americans recognize that in a vital democracy each of us has a voice; that for all our voices to be heard -- rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, blue state and red state -- we must treat each other with respect. Democracy is at risk. To defend it, Americans must reclaim our core values.

The Psychology Behind the Right's Fear of the Future

Douglas LaBier | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

When people become scared, or when their view of who they are feels turned upside down, they may unconsciously retreat into beliefs and behavior that promise restoration of what feels lost or endangered.

To 'Win The Future' We Must Redefine 'Success'

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

To meet the challenges of our "Sputnik moment," we need to revamp our thinking about what success is, as well as what psychological orientation is necessary to achieve it.

Will the Commons Become Tragic?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Every man for himself would be a rational approach if men and women were merely economic creatures. But there is also such a thing as moral man, who confronts the necessity of protecting the commons and preventing tragedy brought on by greed.

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Are Policies That Serve the Common Good Un-American?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

One likely spin-off from the recent election will be a creeping redefinition of programs and policies that serve the common good as "un-American." So...

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

A Rising "Social Psychosis" In Public And Private Life

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The pursuit of greed, self-centeredness and materialism have become the holy trinity of public and private conduct in America. And it's generating a growing "social psychosis."

Abuse of Process

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Unfortunately, politics is wired to protect incumbents and frustrate challengers. It is at its strongest not in making progress but in defending its own privileges and advantages.

It Will Take a Mission

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This week, in Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. It will take a purposeful commitment to a mission of change to truly respond to the epiphany in the Gulf.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Where's Moses When You Need Him?

Religion News Service | Dick Staub | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By Dick Staub Religion News Service (RNS) Even in the craziness and social upheaval of the 1960s, Crosby Stills Nash and Young observed a simple t...

Finance Reform a Historic Accomplishment

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill by a 59-39 vote, including four Republicans. While the legislation still conta...

My 'Daniel Fast'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I believe our nation is in deep trouble. Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray.

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In past years at Davos, I often found myself in early morning optional sessions on social responsibility, in small rooms on the third floor of the c...

A Faith Declaration for Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There is no one "right" religious position on how health care should look; but I believe there are some fundamental moral and even biblical principles on which to evaluate any final legislative agreement.

The Juggling Contest -- Balancing the Global Economy: An interview with Economist James Quilligan

Christiana Wyly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christiana Wyly

James Quilligan: "The immediate crisis we are facing is to shift from seeing energy, nature, food and water as monetized commodities to recognizing them as reserve values... essential for our survival."

Three Moral Issues of Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, deeply personal but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play: to define and raise the moral issues that lay just beneath the policy debate.

When the Lights Came On

John Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Graham

These events were failures not just of politics and governance, but of culture. They were the inevitable consequences of our nation and its leadership losing any operating concept of the common good.

A Fairness Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" - St Augustine. I was surprised when Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) opened up his remarks before ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

My prediction is that many in the faith community, especially those on the front lines of serving the poor, will rally around the principles and priorities of this budget.

Obama's Call to Rebuild

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values.