Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen, an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborates with Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute. He is the author of several books, including The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men and  Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully. He can be reached at rjensen@austin.utexas.edu or through his website.

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In this photo taken on May 1, 2019 shows environmental campaigners holding a protest against the development of the India-backed Adani coal mine at the entrance of Abbot Point port near the Queensland state town of Bowen, where the commodity will be shipped. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Naomi Klein’s new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal , has one crippling flaw—it’s inspiring. At this moment in history, inspiring talk about solutions to multiple, cascading ecological crises is dangerous. At the conclusion of these 18 essays that bluntly outline the crises and...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
On Good Guys and Bad Guys
I am not as abusive as Harvey Weinstein, nor as narcissistic as Bill O’Reilly. I’m more respectful to women than Donald Trump, and not as sleazy as Anthony Weiner. Judged by the standards set by these public reprobates, most of the rest of us men appear almost saintly, and therein lies a danger...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?
Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced “white supremacy” into our political vocabulary, let's ask an uncomfortable question: “When will the United States transcend white supremacy?” My question isn’t, “What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism’s...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics
Naomi Klein understands that President Donald J. Trump is a problem, but he is not the problem. Klein’s book does not stop with an analysis of the crises. In her new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need , Klein reminds us to pay attention not only...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Why Professor Watchlist Gets My Teaching Values Completely Wrong
From a “critique” of my work on the recently launched website Professor Watchlist , I learned that I’m a threat to my students for contending that we won’t end men’s violence against women “if we do not address the toxic notions about masculinity in patriarchy … rooted in control, conquest,...
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
New University of Texas Chancellor's Military Background Is Cause for Reflection
By all accounts, the University of Texas System’s incoming chancellor, Admiral William McRaven, is a smart, thoughtful fellow with a sense of humor who knows how to listen — all important qualities for a leader. My new boss sounds like a pretty nice guy, for someone who has been involved in a long-...
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Barren field (Flickr / Jonathan Grado) Views
Saturday, June 14, 2014
After the Harvest — Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully
Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of no return, I think back to a conversation 25 years ago that helps me put such news in perspective. In a Minneapolis...
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Ideology Problem: A Failed Technocratic Deam for Journalism
Thomas Patterson’s new book on the current crises in journalism is organized around six specific problems, starting with “The Information Problem” and moving through Source, Knowledge, Education, Audience, and Democracy problems.
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Saturday, August 31, 2013
Our Democracy?
An edited version of a presentation on the panel “Our Democracy in Crisis: The Rise of the Total Surveillance State and the War on a Free Press” organized by Chicago Area Peace Action at North Park University, Chicago, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book
New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book?
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