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The death and life of liberation theology

GREGORY LEFFEL

A generation of radical theologians from Latin America is passing away. What does their legacy mean for the rest of the world?

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Danger: there’s a centrifuge in the White House

IAN HUGHES
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While centrifugal forces tear things apart, centripetal forces bring things together again.

My white friend asked me to explain white privilege, so I decided to be honest.

LORI LAKIN HUTCHERSON
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He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.

The death and life of liberation theology

GREGORY LEFFEL

A generation of radical theologians from Latin America is passing away. What does their legacy mean for the rest of the world?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Danger: there’s a centrifuge in the White House

IAN HUGHES
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

While centrifugal forces tear things apart, centripetal forces bring things together again.

My white friend asked me to explain white privilege, so I decided to be honest.

LORI LAKIN HUTCHERSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.

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The future of security

Healthy and healed relationships are the key to sustainable peace.

Women beware: President Trump and the promise of violence

The Mooch may have gone but the menace and misogyny remain deep inside the White House.

How intersectional feminism transformed me from an asshole to an activist

I wrote this so that more cis men can understand their toxic behavior and avoid apologizing 20 years too late.

The power of the long march

Walking across a country provides people with a tangible and visceral experience of solidarity.

What will cure the U.S. addiction to war?

We must redouble our efforts to stop the war makers from gaining the upper hand in our lives.

The real clash of civilisations

The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.

Six principles of nonviolence

Nonviolence can be a safe, effective and lasting way to defeat injustice, but like any other science it takes knowledge, courage and determination.

Has God the Father really disappeared?

The patriarchal deity could not have died in the First World War if he was seen landing on the beaches in the Second: a response to Rachel Mann.

When will there be harmony?

‘White trash,’ ‘dumbass libtard,’ ‘right-wing fuckhead:’ have we all gone mad?  

Could Facebook provide an antidote to political polarization?

Is it so hard to listen and speak respectfully to people you disagree with?

Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement?

As the ‘alt-right’ moves to violence, community responses really matter.

Please don’t tie me down

It’s time to let go of the Victorian idea that a ‘serious’ man should not be sensually open.            

Did the Great War leave God “hanging on the old barbed wire”?

The patriarchal deity died in the trenches of the Somme, but the churches will not let him go.

Slow science, slow food, slow down

When we rush, we make decisions that lack information, lack proper reflection, and ultimately make the problems of humanity worse.

What democracy looks like when you have to disagree with your neighbours

As much as I dislike the administration of President Trump, I value community harmony very deeply.

Face to faith

It is better to be united in our ignorance than divided in our certainties.

A new vision for the left

Equality and security are means to a greater end: ‘the evolution of a people who are kindly, intelligent, free, co-operative, enterprising and rich in culture.’

Tearing down the walls that keep us from finding common ground

Faced by increasing divisions we should be echoing an earlier call to action—“Tear this wall down.”

Sustaining peace

Half of all peace deals fail within five years. This is how you make them work.

Can there be a progressive patriotism?

The left must find a way to incorporate love of country into a new political vision.   

The right way to be left

Breaking up is easy, but sticking together?  That's the real test of one's ideals. 

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere.

“What makes us move is tasting dreams of what could be, stepping into the cracks where another world is coming into view.”

The subversive power of joy

The unexpected, spontaneous and pleasantly disruptive nature of collective celebration is one of the great equalisers of social and political struggle.

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Strengthening our ecological imagination

To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

How an ancient singing tradition helps people cope with trauma in the modern world

In Finland, lament singing is experiencing a revival, one sad song at a time.

Collaborating with the enemy

At a time of increasing polarization, how can we work with people we may not like, trust, or agree with?

Is there really a crisis around identity politics on the left?

The claim that intersectional critiques are divisive is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both intersectionality and socialism.

Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Nonviolence is a way of life, not just a strategy for organizing resistance.

Getting to the heart of Universal Basic Income

The benefits of financial security are obvious, so why doesn’t the idea of UBI enjoy more popular support?

‘Trumping’ Let Girls Learn

Getting more girls into school is vital, but it isn’t an answer to poverty and inequality.

Stereotyping Appalachians only feeds the coal Industry

As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that looks down on us.

Through the dark night

Inside ourselves and in the world at large, more darkness brings more light rising in response. 

Desmond Tutu was right

As the UK General Election campaign heats up, who says politics and religion don’t mix?

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