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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Monday, November 15, 2010
Projecting Power or Promoting Peace: The Prophetic Call for Justice, Kindness, Humility
A version of this essay was delivered at the “People’s Response to the George W. Bush Library and Policy Institute” event at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, on November 14, 2010.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Elections: The Day After
November 2 is going to be a big day in our political lives. But November 3 will be far more important. On mid-term Election Day, voters will choose between candidates with different positions on health-care insurance, withdrawal from Afghanistan, and CO2 levels that drive global warming. The politicians we send to the legislatures and executive offices will make -- or avoid making -- important decisions. Our votes matter.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Soils and Souls: The Promise of the Land
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A poet, an economist, and a biologist walk into a barn in Kansas and start talking. What do you get when you cross their ideas? Answer: Hybrid vigor.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Economics: Doing Business As If People Mattered
When politicians talk economics these days, they argue a lot about the budget deficit. That's crucial to our economic future, but in the contemporary workplace there's an equally threatening problem -- the democracy deficit.
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Monday, August 30, 2010
Glenn Beck’s Redemption Song
About halfway through Saturday's "Restoring Honor" rally on the DC mall, I realized that I was starting to like Glenn Beck. Before any friends of mine initiate involuntary commitment proceedings, let me explain. It's not that I really liked Beck, but more that I experienced his likeability. Whether or not he's sincere, I came to admire his ability to project sincerity and to create coherence out of his incoherent rambling about religion, race, and redemption. As a result, I'm more afraid for our political future than ever.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
There Are No Heroes in Illegal and Immoral Wars
When the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division rolled out of Iraq last week, the colonel commanding the brigade told a reporter that his soldiers were "leaving as heroes." While we can understand the pride of professional soldiers and the emotion behind that statement, it's time for Americans -- military and civilian -- to face a difficult reality: In seven years of the deceptively named "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and nine years of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan, no member of the U.S. has been a hero.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Struggling to be ‘Fully Alive’
“I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said many times over the centuries.” That may have been the most insightful response to my essay asking people to report on how they cope with the anguish of living in a world in collapse.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Anguish of the Age: Emotional Reactions to Collapse
We live amidst multiple crises -- economic and political, cultural and ecological -- that pose a significant threat to human life as we understand it. There is no way to be awake to the depth of these crises without an emotional reaction. There is no way to be aware of the pain caused by these systemic failures without some experience of dread, depression, distress. To be fully alive today is to live with anguish, not for one's own condition in the world but for the condition of the world, for a world that is in collapse.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
No Nukes/No Empire: The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Requires the End of the U.S. Empire
[A version of this essay was delivered to the "Think outside the Bomb" event in Austin, TX, on June 14, 2010.] If we are serious about the abolition of nuclear weapons, we have to place the abolition of the U.S. empire at the center of our politics.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Diversity Dead-End: Inclusiveness Without Accountability
After a recent talk on racism and other illegitimate hierarchies at a diversity conference in Dallas, I received a letter from one of the people who had attended that asked "why you feel it necessary to perpetuate and even exacerbate the divisiveness of language when addressing a group of people assembled to learn how to live better together and be more accepting of differences?" He suggested that by being so sharply critical, I was part of the problem not the solution.
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