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.
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