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

By Robert Jensen

We stay in a time while public discourse is extra skewed than ever through the propaganda that enormous funds 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 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 a world scale, with stakes that appear larger than ever sooner than. In instances like those, you might want to that we be ready to imagine and speak clearly.

In this vigorous primer on serious considering, Robert Jensen assaults the issues head on and offers an obtainable and interesting booklet that explains how we will paintings jointly to counterpoint our highbrow lives. Drawing on greater than 20 years of lecture room event and neighborhood organizing, Jensen stocks thoughts on easy methods to problem "conventional knowledge" on the way to courageously confront the crises of our instances and provides a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into efficient research which could tell optimistic action.

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

Robert Jensen is a professor within the institution 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 are going to want if we are to reclaim politics for the twenty first century. it is a courageous ebook, one who packs extra knowledge in its few pages than a shelf's worthy of political thought, simply because it is also a publication 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 meals System

"The first date or banquet taboo is known: 'No faith, no politics.' Debating, dialogue, engagement with principles that matter—these are all speculated to be left to pros, experts who seek advice from one another in at the same time incomprehensible methods. in the meantime a long time of advertisements, sound bites, PR, filtered details, and web trolling have numbed us much more. yet we do not have to stay this manner. lets instantly begin residing in a greater international, one during which each dialog was once a chance to benefit extra approximately ourselves, others, and the dear little international all of us need to try and live to tell the tale jointly. to do this, although, we'd need to re-learn tips to imagine and speak, find out how to agree and disagree. Robert Jensen's Arguing For Our Lives may 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 severe considering, yet for securing the rules for serious employer and engaged citizenship. this is often an vital ebook for college students, educators, and others keen to struggle the present ongoing attack via non secular, political, and ethical fundamentalists on serious proposal, if no longer cause itself, that has engulfed American politics. all people may 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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