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The Transformative Potential of the Poor

Susan Davis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Susan Davis

You may have heard of the concept of "inclusive growth," the idea that the increasing economic prosperity should benefit everyone, including...

A 21st Century Freedom Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 08.12.2013 | Good News
Harry Boyte

In an educational environment today where teachers feel powerless, they are forging an alternative in which educators reclaim teaching as a great civic vocation.

Torah vs. Libertarians: Round 1

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.

You Are Responsible For Nothing

Peter Rollins | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

What might we do differently if we were to fully embrace our responsibility and make decisions in the full knowledge that there are no guarantees and no way of going in every direction we would like?

Could Drones Mean the End of Wilderness?

OnEarth | Posted 07.29.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By David Gessner, OnEarthLast Tuesday, as I do almost every day, I went for a walk in the woods with Missy, my yellow lab. We were deep in a thicket n...

Frogs in Water About Our Freedoms

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Three converging trends put me on common ground with your average Tea Party member for the first time in my liberal-New-England-elite life: government action, technological advancement and American attitude.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

Tara Brach | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

There's a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we're never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from the ocean.

Free-market Conservatism Kills: Oklahoma Buildings Don't Have Safe Rooms Because "Regulation Rankles"

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That's what we saw when an EF5 tornado blew through Moore, Okla. on Monday. What do the tornado-related deaths of 24 people, including nine children, have to do with free-market conservatism?

Get a Bucket of Feelings: Smuggling KFC in Gaza

Pam Murtaugh | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science
Pam Murtaugh

If you lived in a perpetual blockade, imagine the lengths to which you would go for feelings of freedom, optimism, boundless opportunity.

On Letting Go Of Control

Nicole Glassman | Posted 07.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

We can choose to let fear be a noose around our neck, holding our breath through life. We can choose to hold onto what we believe we can control, saying no to experiences that may seem risky. We can choose to be satisfied, but less than passionate. Or we can choose to cut the cord.

Meeting with Ela Gandhi - An Interview with the Granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi

Nicolas Rossier | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Nicolas Rossier

Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, also known as 'Mahatma' (great soul) Gandhi, the man who famously led Indians to independence from their British colonizers in 1946. She was born in 1940 in the Phoenix Settlement in the Inanda district of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

101 Things That'll Take Your Breath Away

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 07.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

I gauge a good day by the number of times I get the goosebumps. Why? Because it is a sign I am listening to my spirit, being guided by her. Goosebumps are the smile of our spirits -- we can never smile enough.

Sarah Palin Tells NRA Audience 'Freedom Is Destroying Itself'

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, said Friday that Americans should "stand up and fight for our free...

WATCH: Love 'Em Anyway

Brad Yates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

We can't even solve what is going on inside ourselves with hate. In order to cultivate more love in the world, we need to cultivate it inside ourselves first... and we can't wait until everyone "out there" changes and behaves better.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Let Go of the Loss and Move On

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Today, I still need my scooter and wheelchair to get around. But something inside me has changed. I have a sense of freedom that is in some ways more powerful and sustainable than what I felt when I could walk and dance and run and play.

Revisiting Woodstock With Richie Havens

Henry Miller | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Henry Miller

Richie Havens' two-hour performance had opened the Woodstock festival, and he had improvised his way into history singing "Freedom", which would become arguably the signature performance of the event. Forty years later, he was still just as dynamic and compelling onstage.

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Binta Niambi Brown

I am a runner. I'm not likely to ever qualify for Boston, but as always, I will do what I can do... and when I run, will carry Boston in my heart.

Fast Food Nation: A Citizen's Report

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 06.15.2013 | Taste
Paul Schwennesen

If you were to believe the mythology du jour, McDonald's is nearing the final phase of its diabolical plan to capture the hearts and minds of you and ...

A Breakup Letter To Summer

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 04.13.2013 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

There's nothing a 16-year-old wants more than freedom. The freedom to spend every day shamelessly flirting with and falling for some beautiful boy. To stay up till 2 a.m. To consider a glass of Coca-Cola and a doughnut "breakfast." To bend all the rules and maybe even break them.

What Not to Wear: The Gaza Episode

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Reports of the Hamas police grabbing young men from the streets of Gaza to give them a haircut have been making the rounds. It appears that most people in Gaza are critical of both the police tactics and the fashion choices made by those young men.

The Lax Logic of Libertarians

Jag Bhalla | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market libertarian faith against Mayor Bloomberg, reason and experience.

Libertarians: Live Free or Die of Frostbite

Floyd Elliot | Posted 06.10.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Some weeks ago, a study by the libertarian Mercatus Center found that the freest state in the United Ss Of A is... envelope, please... North Dakota!

Margaret Thatcher's Soft Power?!

András Simonyi | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgReading the eulogies written in the last 24 hours, one wonders if the full measure of her legacy is really understood. Her strength was forged in her ability to wisely marry her pragmatism with her strong principles of freedom and democracy.

WATCH: Stop Resisting the Remarkable

Brad Yates | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being.