New PDF release: Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog

By Robert Jensen

ISBN-10: 0872865738

ISBN-13: 9780872865730

We dwell in a time whilst public discourse is extra skewed than ever via the propaganda that enormous cash should 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 monetary and ecological crises on an international scale, with stakes that appear better than ever prior to. In instances like those, you might want to that we have the capacity to imagine and speak clearly.

In this vigorous primer on severe pondering, Robert Jensen assaults the issues head on and grants an available and interesting e-book that explains how we will be able to paintings jointly to counterpoint our highbrow lives. Drawing on greater than twenty years of school room event and group organizing, Jensen stocks concepts on how one can problem "conventional knowledge" with the intention to courageously confront the crises of our instances and gives a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into efficient research that may tell positive action.

Jensen connects summary principles with the standard political and non secular struggles of normal humans. freed from both educational or political jargon, this e-book is for a person suffering to appreciate our international and give a contribution to creating it a greater place.

Robert Jensen is a professor within the institution 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 abilities we are going to desire if we are to reclaim politics for the twenty first century. this can be a courageous e-book, person who packs extra knowledge in its few pages than a shelf's worthy of political concept, simply because it is also a ebook approximately political perform. Jensen patiently, in truth, and conscientiously 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 nutrients System

"The first date or ceremonial dinner taboo is legendary: 'No faith, no politics.' Debating, dialogue, engagement with rules that matter—these are all alleged to be left to execs, experts who check with one another in collectively incomprehensible methods. in the meantime a long time of advertisements, sound bites, PR, filtered info, and net trolling have numbed us much more. yet we do not have to dwell this fashion. shall we instantly begin residing in a greater global, one during which each dialog used to be a chance to benefit extra approximately ourselves, others, and the dear little international all of us need to attempt to continue to exist jointly. to do this, notwithstanding, we'd need to re-learn tips on how to imagine and speak, how you can agree and disagree. Robert Jensen's Arguing For Our Lives will 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 booklet for reclaiming not just the pedagogical and political virtues of serious pondering, yet for securing the rules for serious supplier and engaged citizenship. this can be an imperative booklet for college students, educators, and others keen to struggle the present ongoing attack by means of spiritual, political, and ethical fundamentalists on severe idea, if now not cause itself, that has engulfed American politics. everybody should still learn Arguing for Our Lives in the event that they think there's a connection among how we expect and the way we act, how we comprehend democracy and the way we event 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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