The Common Good

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Cover Story

Dr. Elizabeth Warren -- head of Congress's TARP watchdog and veteran Sunday school teacher -- talks with Sojourners about facing down the Goliaths of Wall Street.


Why development, not military action, is key to Afghanistan's future.
President Obama underplays the importance of alternatives to war.
Afghans risk much to build a better future.
How social factors multiply the effects of natural calamities.


Taxes are worth it -- but ours are weighted against the poor.
Food insecurity takes a physical toll.
Colombian paramilitaries target community and church leaders.


It’s the largest federal budget in history. President Obama’s 2011 budget totals $3.8 trillion and contains a deficit of $1.3 trillion.

Reason wasn't enough. Power will decide, as power usually does.

Jimmy Carter is imperfect; that's what makes him appealing.

We underestimate the power of a single voice.

'Opening the floodgates' for Happy Meals

Culture Watch

Facebook and the redefinition of privacy.
An interview with Cathy Henkel, director of The Burning Season.
The BQE, by Sufjan Stevens. Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather Than the State, by Daniel M. Bell Jr. Brazos Press.
I have a relative up in the Rust Belt who owns a small machine tool company and watches Fox News.
It’s the end of the world for Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli, one of the legion of recent films (including one actually titled Legion) that suggest that while the earth ma
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Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C