The Common Good
August 2013

A Hard Sell

by Gary Roberts | August 2013

At its best, Sojourners calls out with the prophetic voice of the gospel, demanding justice in Christ’s name. At its worst, it reflexively subjects us to nonsense from the anti-artists’ rights crowd. In “Owning the Future” (May 2013), did columnist Danny Duncan Collum really try to justify the large-scale theft of scholarly work by incongruously invoking the awful behavior of Monsanto, apparently hoping that he wouldn’t get called on it because of the tragic suicide of a young man? That is shamefully manipulative and intellectually dishonest. How ironic it is to extol the virtues of making scholarship available for free in a copyrighted magazine with no shortage of ads of scholarship for sale. We expect and deserve much better from Sojourners.                                 

Gary Roberts
Los Angeles, California

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