By Robert Jensen
We dwell in a time while public discourse is extra skewed than ever by means of the propaganda that enormous cash can purchase, with belief within the management of elected officers at an rock bottom. The "news" has degenerated into sensationalist sound bites, and the belief of dialogue has develop into a polarized shouting fit that precludes any significant discussion.
It's additionally a time of tension, as we are confronted with financial and ecological crises on an international scale, with stakes that appear larger than ever earlier than. In occasions like those, it is advisable that we be ready to imagine and speak clearly.
In this vigorous primer on serious considering, Robert Jensen assaults the issues head on and grants an obtainable and fascinating e-book that explains how we will be able to paintings jointly to counterpoint our highbrow lives. Drawing on greater than twenty years of lecture room event and group organizing, Jensen stocks techniques on tips on how to problem "conventional knowledge" with the intention to courageously confront the crises of our occasions and gives a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into efficient research that could tell confident action.
Jensen connects summary rules with the standard political and non secular struggles of standard humans. freed from both educational or political jargon, this e-book is for somebody suffering to appreciate our international and give a contribution to creating it a greater place.
Robert Jensen is a professor within the college of Journalism on the collage of Texas at Austin and a founding board member of the 3rd Coast Activist source Center.
"At the instant, what passes for political debate is the bickering of 2 vociferous and wrong-headed events. Robert Jensen reacquaints us with the political and social talents we are going to want if we are to reclaim politics for the twenty first century. it is a courageous booklet, person who packs extra knowledge in its few pages than a shelf's worthy of political conception, simply because it is also a ebook approximately political perform. Jensen patiently, in truth, and carefully exemplifies the top virtues of a public intellectual."Raj Patel, writer of Stuffed and Starved: Markets, energy and the Hidden conflict for the World's nutrition System
"The first date or ceremonial dinner taboo is known: 'No faith, no politics.' Debating, dialogue, engagement with principles that matterthese are all imagined to be left to pros, experts who seek advice from one another in at the same time incomprehensible methods. in the meantime many years of advertisements, sound bites, PR, filtered info, and net trolling have numbed us much more. yet we do not have to reside this manner. shall we instantly commence dwelling in a greater international, one within which each dialog was once a chance to profit extra approximately ourselves, others, and the valuable little international all of us need to try and live to tell the tale jointly. to do this, notwithstanding, we might need to re-learn how one can imagine and speak, tips on how to agree and disagree. Robert Jensen's Arguing For Our Lives might help us do that."Justin Podur, affiliate Professor, York collage and writer of Haiti's New Dictatorship (Pluto Press 2012)
"Arguing for Our Lives is an important ebook for reclaiming not just the pedagogical and political virtues of severe pondering, yet for securing the principles for serious business enterprise and engaged citizenship. this is often an critical e-book for college students, educators, and others prepared to struggle the present ongoing attack via non secular, political, and ethical fundamentalists on severe suggestion, if no longer cause itself, that has engulfed American politics. each person should still learn Arguing for Our Lives in the event that they think there's a connection among how we predict and the way we act, how we comprehend democracy and the way we adventure and fight for it."Henry Giroux, writer of Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Politics within the Age of Disposability (Paradigm, 2012)
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