The Common Good

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Cover Story

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen talks with Jim Wallis about ice cream, Oreos -- and how the bloated military budget is destroying our economy and making us all less secure. 


A little Methodist church has a big heart for the left out and the lonley in the shadow of the nation's capital.
The secretive, elitist Capitol Hill organization has cozied up to the despots -- and, in my case, done genuine good.


The Utah Compact has good immigration principles -- but there's still a more excellent way.
Wisconsin was just the first salvo of an all-out war on working people.
Renewable energy sources aren't just safer than nuclear power -- they're also cheaper.


Though the fast ended on Easter, it helped to spark a broad and united movement for a moral budget.

A club owner in Chicago can pick up the phone and "mail-order" three girls from Eastern Europe.

Mainstream Muslims detest the infection of radicalization far more than do other people.

Our nation expects bold and innovative leadership. (Kidding.)

Culture Watch

Poets resist anti-immigration laws with defiance, beauty, and social media.
Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness across Millennia, by Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow adn Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman. Jewish Lights Publishing. 
The Better Angels, by John Francis. Horse and Rider/Dualtone.
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Bloomsbury Press.
Gareth Higgins reviews Batle: Los Angeles, Saving Private Ryan, and Chinatown.
"A white man's country" became the multiracial, multicultural democracy we now inhabit.
Julie Polter reviews current books and films.
Bio: Founded Empowering and Strengthing Ohio's People (ESOP) to stop predatory lending and home foreclosures. Website:


In our city we see them sometimes.
Jesus says, receive the Holy Spirit, whom you cannot control. Diversity is an essential attribute of a Spirit-filled church.
Every gun that is made is, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed.