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The Politics of Meaning: Affirming Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism

Lerner, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0201479664 / ISBN 13: 9780201479669
Published by Addison Wesley Publishing Co, Reading, MA, 2000
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355 pages. Index. Signed by the author. Lerner, the editor of Tikkun magazine and a practicing psychotherapist, shows how liberals and progressives can reconstitute themselves as the pro-family and pro-values force in American society. They must, he argues, accept as legitimate Americans' hunger for meaning in their lives, which until now has led many to embrace the political Right. The author contends that we and our politicians can no longer separate healing of the soul from healing of our political and social world. The selfishness and cynicism that is at the root of our spiritual and values crisis must itself be addressed to fix our "broken politics. ". Bookseller Inventory # 43467

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Title: The Politics of Meaning: Affirming Hope and ...

Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Co, Reading, MA

Publication Date: 2000

Book Condition: very good, very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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A thought-provoking critique of contemporary liberalism and conservatism alike offers a detailed program for reinstituting a spiritually sensitive and ethical society and challenges the modern-day materialism and selfishness of today's market-driven culture.


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.

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