Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog by Robert Jensen PDF

By Robert Jensen

We reside in a time whilst public discourse is extra skewed than ever via 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 assumption of discussion has turn into a polarized shouting fit that precludes any significant discussion.

It's additionally a time of hysteria, as we are confronted with fiscal and ecological crises on an international scale, with stakes that appear greater than ever earlier than. In occasions like those, you want to that we manage to imagine and speak clearly.

In this vigorous primer on serious pondering, Robert Jensen assaults the issues head on and supplies an obtainable and fascinating publication that explains how we will paintings jointly to complement our highbrow lives. Drawing on greater than 20 years of lecture room event and group organizing, Jensen stocks thoughts on how you can problem "conventional knowledge" so that it will courageously confront the crises of our instances and gives a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into efficient research which may tell positive action.

Jensen connects summary principles with the typical political and religious struggles of standard humans. freed from both educational or political jargon, this ebook is for an individual suffering to appreciate our global and give a contribution to creating it a greater place.

Robert Jensen is a professor within the college of Journalism on the college 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 will want if we are to reclaim politics for the twenty first century. this can be a courageous ebook, 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 conscientiously exemplifies the top virtues of a public intellectual."—Raj Patel, writer of Stuffed and Starved: Markets, strength and the Hidden conflict for the World's nutrition System

"The first date or banquet taboo is known: 'No faith, no politics.' Debating, dialogue, engagement with principles that matter—these are all imagined to be left to pros, experts who seek advice from one another in collectively incomprehensible methods. in the meantime many years of advertisements, sound bites, PR, filtered details, and net trolling have numbed us much more. yet we do not have to stay this fashion. lets instantly commence dwelling in a greater international, one within which each dialog used to be a chance to benefit extra approximately ourselves, others, and the dear little international all of us need to try and survive jointly. to do this, notwithstanding, we might need to re-learn the right way to imagine and speak, how one can agree and disagree. Robert Jensen's Arguing For Our Lives may also help us do that."—Justin Podur, affiliate Professor, York college 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 considering, yet for securing the rules for serious enterprise and engaged citizenship. this is often an integral e-book for college kids, educators, and others prepared to struggle the present ongoing attack via non secular, political, and ethical fundamentalists on severe suggestion, if now not cause itself, that has engulfed American politics. every 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 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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