The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Stopping the sellout of democracy--before it's too late.
What campaign money buys, and who it sells out.
The blurring lines between Pat Robertson's money and politics.
Democracy's history is one of perseverance.
Challenging the newest barrier to the right to vote.
How money determines policy.
Dilemmas of insider access.
Practicing the Art of Active Citizenship
What it takes to restore a functioning democracy.
Organizing for people-based politics.
Resources for further action


A conversation with Daniel Berrigan
Two decades of struggle in East Timor has made friends and enemies.
Ten years of Sojourners interns.


O.J.Simpson and Louis Farrakhan are as contradictory figures as two people could be.
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Calvin Klein Inc., no stranger to the racy or randy, has shocked America over the past decade with its persistent testing of our moral consciousness.
No matter what religious tradition one is part of, the grim cycle of violence and counterviolence that has gone on for more than three years in the former Yugoslavia indicts us all...


Last spring, Sojourners helped to mobilize a broad group of evangelical, pentecostal, black, Catholic, and mainline Protestant leaders to offer a visible alternative to the Religious Right.

"Can we make this a ritual?" my then-9-year-old niece asked me.

Every year, at our family reunion, one more seat of memories and laughter is empty.

By now you're probably pretty tired of reading about money and politics, and all the other serious stuff we've packed into this thought-provoking 100-page issue.

Culture Watch

The experiment of nonviolence.
When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city quake.
Books for children on a nonviolent path
Gang members and the question of God
Secrets of the American West
Missioning in the midst of war in El Salvador.
Music from the heartland.
The hottest trend in kids' entertainment
FIVE MINUTES BEFORE soccer practice starts, four or five kids sit in the corner of the field, passing cards back and forth and negotiating trades.
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May Sarton-poet, novelist, feminist, journal keeper, and Sojourners member-died this summer at the age of 83 (see "May Sarton: Years of Praise," September-October 1995).
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 5 - December 24)
Community for a dying friend
Challenging the World Bank and IMF
You can get so used to seeing something that you forget to question why it is there. This is often the case with the role of money in the American political system.