Tag Archives: Justice

It’s this way because we want it this way

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Originally posted on Whatever Works:
From Bloombery News, this is something that’s been screamingly obvious, and widely known. It has, however, been barred from any examination of American health care reforms. Because Denial isn’t just a streetcar, it is a national state…

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Zimmerman Trial – What of the Restorative Justice Process ?

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Neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman was born to become known for the reasons we’ve come to know them. How does a society weary of wasted and lost potential of the new-born infant begin to find deeper understanding, even healing, that might lead to a better future? “What if Restorative Justice practices were (or had been) used – to combine justice with healing from this painful event?” My thoughts and some wisdom from experts … There is a nagging – to many, sacred, – sense that “we have something better to bring to Tribe Human than we’ve found so far”. … I believe that nagging has always pestered us. It explains much … It pesters us for a reason … Continue reading

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Notes on the Potential of Transformative Justice

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I’ve posted previously on Circle Justice and on Restorative Justice; I’ve a modest resource page for these in my “Essential Practices” section, see right hand column, this page. Both Circle and Restorative Justice models place emphasis on healing individual and community – healing of victim, perpetrator, and rupture in community brought about by harm done. With this post, I want to alert readers to the emerging “third form” of healing justice – Transformative Justice. Continue reading

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Zoe Weil’s Wisdom – Empathy-driven Activism

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A Tedx Talk, and an article – both by Zoe Weil – share a single underlying theme – alleviating suffering. Combining insights from the two gives opportunity to expand on the theme. Continue reading

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Capitalism, Steve Jobs, and Faust

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The Faustian tragedy is not a tragedy of the individual, Steve Jobs, (except in so far as he may have wrestled with the bargain he struck to climb to success). In a deeply irremediable way, such bargains are ‘inevitable’ under current dominant economic systems. The Faustian tragedy is a tragedy of humanity itself – we collectively have accepted a bargain promising “success” as delivered through fierce competition; “benevolent cooperation be damned” Continue reading

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We Are The Help That’s On The Way (If We Pay Attention)

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David Brooks observes: “This is symptom of a larger problem.” The larger problem is that our entire culture’s sense of ‘success’ is skewed to a measure of success that lacks social trust. It would take much writing to ‘unpack’ the relevance of what Brooks ‘runs by us’ in a mere 18 minute talk. Instead of trying to do so, I post the talk here. Enjoy and take heart! We’re on the right track! Continue reading

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“People Get Ready … The head and the heart are gonna drive this train”

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Buoyed and enthused at the richness of today’s ‘exposure’ to “the best we can be”, including direct reminding of Adler, and science that supports belief in ‘our best’, I paused to ‘soak it in’ only to find the song, “People Get Ready…,” rise up in my thoughts. (I’ve posted a YouTube selection here.) Continue reading

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Strauss-Kahn, IMF, Justice – Lessons for Humanity

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When in university, I told a friend I hoped “to one day write all that needs to be said in a single sentence”. This single post brings me closer. For me, it’s possible to ‘see’ much of “all humanity’s 21st century challenge” captured in the ‘S-K, IMF, Justice’ drama. This post explores what the drama suggests to me. … I see no viable option for humanity but to ‘dream a big INclusive dream’ and ‘go for it’. Continue reading

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Microsoft Buys Skype for 8.5 Billion Dollars – Not a Typo « Technology (Reflections)

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China’s Youth Meet Microsoft: “A Strange Thing Happened When the authoritarian government in China …proposed minor labor rights improvements for China’s workers…Microsoft and other U.S. companies fought to block them!” (pg 34) “Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and other U.S. companies remained silent as the American Chamber of Commerce in China-to which they belong—threatened the totalitarian government of China that the new contract law would hurt China’s workers, negatively impact on China’s investment environment and lead to mass layoffs.”(underline mine). (Report, pg. 34) Continue reading

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May Day: a new global movement « 21stcenturymanifesto (Response)

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What I especially value in Sutton’s piece is that he reminds us of the universal nature of a general ‘uprising’. It is world-wide. He briefly notes many ‘movements’ of current time. I would add Iceland and Asia. From my perspective, this is not only ‘political’. The rising is, as American founders said: “unalienable” – inborn and inevitable….We (all humanity) do have this time, this 21st Century, to “pull together” thousands of years of experience and contemplation – and to – finally! – “get our ‘head/heart’ act together! Continue reading

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