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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Thursday, November 03, 2011
Occupy Demands: Let's Radicalise Our Analysis
There's one question that pundits and politicians keep posing to the Occupy gatherings around the country: What are your demands? I have a suggestion for a response: We demand that you stop demanding a list of demands.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
As the Earth Turns: Going Global with Perennial Polyculture Agriculture
Wes Jackson spent the weekend at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival talking up -- with his usual precision and passion -- the science and strategy behind plans to revolutionize the way we grow food using perennial polyculture grains.
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Friday, September 09, 2011
Imperial Delusions: Ignoring the Lessons of 9/11
Ten years ago, critics of America’s mad rush to war were right, but it didn’t matter. Within hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was clear that political leaders were going to use the attacks to justify war in Central Asia and the Middle East. And within hours, those of us critical of that policy began to offer principled and practical arguments against aggressive war as a response to the crimes.
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Monday, August 08, 2011
Nature Bats Last: Notes on Revolution and Resistance, Revelation and Redemption
[An edited version of this talk was presented to the Veterans for Peace conference in Portland, OR, on August 4, 2011.]
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Power – and Limits – of Social Movements
The following is a version of a talk presented to the Houston Peace and Justice Center conference on July 9, 2011. In mainstream politics in the United States, everyone agrees on one thing: We’re number one. We’re special. We’re America. We’re on top, where we deserve to be.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Anguish in the American Dream
Whether celebrated or condemned, the American Dream endures, though always ambiguously. We are forever describing and defining, analyzing and assessing the concept, and with each attempt to clarify, the idea of an American Dream grows more incoherent yet more entrenched.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Delivering Educational Products: The Job Formerly Known as Teaching
Hi, I’m Robert Jensen, a provider of educational products to consumers at the University of Texas at Austin. I used to introduce myself as a UT professor, but that was before I attended a Texas Public Policy Foundation session last week offering more exciting “breakthrough solutions” to the problems of higher education.
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Consciousness Rising, World Fading
Our stories of awakenings -- whether moral, intellectual, religious, artistic, or sexual -- are tricky. Honest self-reflection doesn’t come easy, and self-satisfied accounts are the norm; we love to be the heroes of our own epics.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Machine Changes, the Work Remains the Same
When I first got involved in left/radical political organizing in the 1990s, I don't recall any of us referring to our efforts as "phone activism" or calling ourselves "fax activists." A friend who started organizing in the early 1960s assured me that he never heard the term "mimeograph activism" in those days. We used telephones, fax machines, and mimeographs in our organizing work, but the machines didn't define our work and we didn't spend a lot of time arguing about the implications of using them.
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Monday, January 03, 2011
'Greatest Nation' Rhetoric Roars Back
My greatness as a writer is simply a fact. You don't agree? Well, then obviously you are churlish or malevolent. If I were serious about such a claim of superiority, now would be the time to stop reading -- on the reasonable assumption that I'm a dull-witted bore with no capacity for critical self-reflection. What applies to individual declarations is also true of nations, yet in the United States such statements about our greatness are common.
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