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From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger. Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused considerable concern among Wall Street types, many of whom had already voted with their wallets against the financial feasibility of nuclear power by ...

Faith That Creates Jobs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the old saying goes, 'In God we trust -- all others pay cash.' As our economy shows promising signs of recovery, the cash is not translating into jobs. As the old say ...

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/jon-stewart-and-the-sheer-hypocrisy-of-fox-news-on-teachers/" target="_self"></a>I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

Yes, NPR, Ordinary People Care About Financial Reform!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post is taken from a letter </em>Sojourners <em>associate editor Elizabeth Palmberg sent to the folks who create National Public Rad ...

A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/tahrir-square/" target="_blank">Tahrir Square</a>, even ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

Reagan's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100t ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

Let's Be Honest About Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's time to be a little more honest about Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and has run a brutal and corrupt police state for three decades. It's time to be ...

Changing Bad Behavior at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The contradictions here in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/27/values-at-davos/" target="_blank">Davos </a>are enormous. The contradictions he ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

The King's Speech: MLK and Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In his role as prophet to the nation, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. In his role as pro ...

A Message of Gratitude
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. The feeling that rushed through me was gratitude -- of co ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...

Speak Up for Economic Sanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This year Congress finally passed reform that can get some of Wall Street's most damaging and harebrained schemes under control -- but only if the ground-level regulations written to implement the ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Stopping the Next Food Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101102-longgrainrice1.jpg"></a>Imagine a world in which Wall Street decided that vaccines were a good investment -- not pharmaceutical compa ...

Abuses of Faith in this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- ...

Welcome, Elizabeth Warren!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1004" target="_blank"></a>It's a great thing that Elizabeth Warren has <a href= ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The famed Chautauqua Institution devoted this entire week to the theme of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nuclear-disarmament/">nuclear disarmament</a>. It is a sign of the times. ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

At the same time <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/">oil is spewing from the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico</a>, some politicians are already calling for more drilling, ac ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Fixing a Key Financial Reform Loophole
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. There is a great de ...

Finance Reform a Historic Accomplishment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill by a 59-39 vote, including four Republicans. Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory re ...

Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege. ...

Sins of the System
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

John E. Hill Jim Wallis (“A Bad Morality Play,” February 2010) beautifully exposed the false dichotomy between greedy, casino capitalism a ...

What Gamblers Anonymous Can Teach Us About Wall Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The defenses that Goldman Sachs execs gave to this week's Senate hearings for their actions were full of emotion and denial. They claimed shock that anyone could question their actions. ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Goldman Sachs' Excremental Deals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

They were described using the first word on George Carlin's list of the seven words you cannot say on television. They were described using the first word on George Carlin� ...

Goldman Sachs Scandal: Immoral? Yes. Illegal? Should Be.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Listening the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/business/27sorkin.html?ref=business">chatter </a>defending <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/business/28goldman.h ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

Regulating Wall Street's House-of-Cards Casino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last month, the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1256905/American-architect-beats-record-creating-worlds-largest-house-cards.html">Guinness World Records folk ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Speak Evil of No One -- Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament. I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I liv ...

A Six-Point Summary of What the New Health-Care Law Should Accomplish Now (and Some Other Details)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health reform legislation in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law th ...

A Significant Step Toward Health Reform in Spite of Poisonous Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694023328_ihUmp"></a>From the very beginning, more than a year ago, the faith community ...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693999782_w46kY"></a>We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

Tea Party Militias?: Telling Mainstream Conservatives from Right Wing Extremists
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Southern Poverty Law Center has issued <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/spring/rage-on-the-right?ondntsrc=MBQ100370YNH&amp;news ...