Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Tikkun olan"- social justice and repair of the world

Tikkun is an interesting American publication and website dedicated to the Jewish notion of "tikkun olan"- social justice and the repair of the world. It defines itself as a voice for "spiritual progressives", a voice that challenges established orthodoxies in all spheres of thought and spheres of politics.

Founded and edited by American Rabi and political activist and writer Michael Lerner it publishes interesting pieces- from an American perspective admittedly- on a range of issues including social theory, social poloicy and social change, contemporary politics, ecology, pyschology, American life and Israel/Palestine.

I have been a long time reader and follower of Michael Lerner's work since I read Surplus Powerlessness: The Pyschodynamics of Everyday Life, one of his early books in the 1980s, in which he explored the failure of us all to actualize possibilities because of the deep personal and collective belief that nothing can change. In the book Learner makes the case for the significance of deep compassion as the basis of any strategy for change.

Whilst I don't always agree with Lerner's point of view and those who write for Tikkun, I always find it an interesting and challenging source of ideas.

In the Editoral for the latest edition of the magazine Lerner dissects Obamas abandonment and betrayal of the vision on which he was elected.

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