The Politics Of Meaning: Restoring Hope And Possibility In An Age Of Cynicism

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Drawing on ideas presented in the Bible, Jewish teachings, and his experience as a psychotherapist, Lerner examines the roots of the vague discontent felt by so many Americans about our political system and explains how values can be put back into these broken politics.

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Michael Lerner, former radical and crusading editor of the magazine of Jewish thought,Tikkun, has never lost his idealism. Until now Lerner has been promoting his ideas, dubbed "the politics of meaning," through his magazine and in lectures and workshops around the country. He won praise from Hillary Clinton, although that soured under media spotlight. This book lays out his analysis of America's spiritual emptiness, encouraging direct political action to enlarge the sense of community. He rejects both the right's profit-oriented bottom line and the left's splintering of society into minority rights ghettoes. Though his ideas are rooted in Judaism, his concept of God is broadly inclusive, and his critique is relevant to all Americans.

About the Author:

Michael Lerneris the editor of Tikkun magazine, and holds Ph.D.'s in philosophy and in clinical psychology. He is the author of Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation and, with Cornel West, of Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin. He is rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in San Francisco.

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