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Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. His latest book, All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, was published in 2009 by Soft Skull Press. He also is the author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). Jensen's articles can be found online at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/index.html.
SHARE Saturday, February 5, 2022 A Practical Radical Politics
We need to be practical when it comes to politics, to work for policies that we can enact today, inadequate though they may be to answer calls for social justice and ecological sustainability.
We also need to maintain a relentlessly radical analysis, to highlight the failures of systems and structures of power, aware that policies we might enact today won't resolve existing crises or stave off collapse.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 29, 2012 From Start to Finish: Why We Won and How We Are Losing
We label as "crazy" those members of the human species whose behavior we find hard to understand, but the cascading crises in contemporary political, economic, and cultural life make a bigger question increasingly hard to ignore: Is the species itself crazy?
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, August 23, 2010 There Are No Heroes in Illegal and Immoral Wars
The Afghan & Iraq invasions were illegal under Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution which required United Nations Security Council clearance of the invasions as a response to imminent attack. The Bush/Cheney administration lied its way around this legal barrier.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2009 Teachable moments require willing learners
In this allegedly "post-racial" era, these teachable moments are an important reminder that white supremacy is woven deeply into the fabric of this country.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2009 What does it mean to be a human being? Balancing theological and political insights
Which practices, systems, and fundamental conceptions of what it means to be human,
are consistent with a sustainable human presence on the earth, respectful of other life,
in societies that provide the necessary resources for all people to live a decent life,
within a culture that fosters individual flourishing alongside a meaningful sense of collective identity,
helping us to take seriously ou