I share with I’m sure virtually all of Tikkun’s readers a feeling of pain and horror at the acts of racial and ethnic violence that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump. And I of course agree that the rhetoric of Trump’s campaign has had the effect of stirring up and legitimizing the expression of these racist and xenophobic impulses in terrible and alarming ways. But it does not help our efforts to respond to and counter these realities to simply denounce the Trump campaign or Trump supporters as “being” racist or xenophobic as if their violent and cruel behavior were just an expression of their evil essence or brainwashed minds. Instead, we must look deeply into the impacted conditions of their psychological, spiritual, and economic lives to see what in their experience has led them to burst out by the millions in...
Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a response to the 2016 election)
peter gabel is Editor-at-Large of Tikkun magazine, co-founder of the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics, and the author of Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture.
PETER GABEL; Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a response to the 2016 election). Tikkun 1 January 2017; 32 (1): 9–10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-3815705
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