Continuing the Conversation on White Privilege, Part Two

Click here to read Part One A veteran activist, wizened and white, recently gave me this advice: I used to think I needed to understand how black people suffer from racism. I thought, if it’s really that bad, then explain it to me — when it happens, how it works. But then someone asked why […]
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The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet

By Lawrence J. Friedman (Columbia University Press, 2013)   Reviewed by Joseph Chuman   Erich Fromm changed my life–in very big ways. Vogue authors abounded on college campuses in the 1960s. Names such Herman Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts and Jack Kerouac were among those at the top of the list. For
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Speaking of Ethics: Living a Humanist Life

Author: Joseph Chuman  (CreateSpace, North Charleston, S.C., 2014)   Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn On the cover of Joseph Chuman’s Speaking of Ethics, a silhouetted male figure holds a bullhorn in his right hand. With his left hand extended, index figure pointing upward, he rallies his troops. Women and men
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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

  Author: George Packer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman           In the prologue to The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, author George Packer sets the scene:  “No one can say when the unwinding began—when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and
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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Author: Ari Shavit (Spiegel and Grau/Random House, New York, 2013) Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn         Ari Shavit, the left-wing Israeli journalist, is an uncommonly brave writer. In My Promised Land (2013), he celebrates the remarkable achievements of Israelis – – in turning a Middle Eastern desert
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Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

Author: Amy Wilentz (Simon & Schuster, 2013) Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn            How do we view people in conditions of abject poverty and powerlessness? In circumstances of catastrophic loss when the earth erupts beneath their flimsy dwellings, leaving them without a cooking pot, an extra tee shirt, or a
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