Time for Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy

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Events of the last 12 months have led to a crisis in American values. With the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, the War Powers Act, and the presidential edict establishing military tribunals, with Congress and the major mass media championing the government party line, civil liberties and the founding democratic principles of the United States of America are in grave jeopardy. Dissent and disagreement have become "unpatriotic" and "un-American."

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Overview

Events of the last 12 months have led to a crisis in American values. With the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, the War Powers Act, and the presidential edict establishing military tribunals, with Congress and the major mass media championing the government party line, civil liberties and the founding democratic principles of the United States of America are in grave jeopardy. Dissent and disagreement have become "unpatriotic" and "un-American."

A Time for Choices addresses these contemporary challenges to democracy through dialogues that expand the field of possibilities with the views of leading thinkers, educators, political analysts, activists, social innovators, clergy, journalists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers. These are the voices of the fourth branch of government, the bedrock of American democracy-the people-speaking out and questioning policy. The dialogues are grouped in nine sections and include:

Reflections on 9-11: Terry Tempest Williams and Robert Fuller

What is Democracy: Kevin Danaher and Lynne Twist

The Media is the Message: Paul Hawken, Anita Roddick, and Norman Solomon

Giving Peace a Voice: Howard Zinn and Susan Griffin

The Search for Security: William McDonough and John Mohawk

The People - The 4th Branch of Government: Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman

The Spiritual Dimension: Joanna Macy and Thomas Moore

Other Voices: As'ad Abukhalil and Tahmeena Farval

Visions of the Future: Vicki Robin and Jean Houston

The book will appeal to all seeking to understand the deeper roots of the crises facing the United States.

Michael Tomsis the co-founder and principal host of New Dimensions Radio-heard on more than 350 stations in the U.S. He has spent 30 years covering social change and global transformation issues. The Board Chairman Emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Toms is the author of many books on business, work, Buddhism, and social issues.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865714748
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Series: A New Dimensions Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Reflections on 9-11 5
Terry Tempest Williams: Wild Mercy 6
Harlan Cleveland: The American Spirit 10
Marianne Williamson: Holistic Politics 12
Sharif Abdullah: Touching the Spirit 14
Robert Fuller: The Roots of the Problem Hold the Solution 16
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: Values, Ethics, and Morals 20
Ch. 2 What Is Democracy? 27
Kevin Danaher: Breaking the Paradigm 28
Lynn Twist: Living in the Conversation 34
Francis Boyle: Civil Liberties at Risk 39
Michael Toms: What Democracy Is Not 44
Ch. 3 The Media is the Message 47
Paul Hawken: Saving the World 48
Norman Solomon: The Orwellian Zone 52
Robert Jensen: Hope Goes a Long Way 56
Beau Grosscup: Probing the Paradoxes 60
Anita Roddick: Outrage as Energizer 64
Anna Cody: How We See and Are Seen 66
Ch. 4 Giving Peace a Voice 69
Howard Zinn: Through the Lens of History 70
Mark Hertsgaard: Seeing America Clearly 74
Father G. Simon Harak, S.J.: Grief, Prayer, and Peace 80
Susan Griffin: Thinking with Different Eyes 86
Ch. 5 The Search for Security 93
Terry Tempest Williams: Restoring the Dialogue 94
Jane Hirshfield: Holding the Heart Space 98
William McDonough: On the Edge 103
Oriah Mountain Dreamer: Hope in the Ordinary 108
Ch. 6 The People: The 4th Branch of Government 111
Matt Rothschild: Beyond Patriotism 112
Noam Chomsky: Challenging the System 119
Jeff Gates: From Corporate Capitalism to Populist Capitalism 122
Amy Goodman: Manufacturing Consent for Peace 131
Jacob Needleman: The Inner Meaning of America 136
Ch. 7 Going Deeper: The Spiritual Dimension 139
Joanna Macy: The Great Turning 140
David La Chapelle: Listening and Belonging 144
Rabbi Michael Lerner: Looking Evil in the Eye 148
Dawna Markova: Soul Rising 154
Thomas Moore: New Ways of Being 156
Sogyal Rinpoche: Prayer and Practice 159
Andrew Harvey: The Power of Spirit 162
Ch. 8 Many Voices / Many Views 171
John Mohawk: The Lessons of History 172
As'ad AbuKhalil: Taking Responsibility 178
Tahmeena Faryal: Women and Afghanistan 182
Carlos Mota: The North American Way 187
Ronald Takaki: Multicultural America 191
Ch. 9 Visions of the Future 193
Vicki Robin: The Power of Circle Technology 194
Jean Houston: A Passion for Peace 196
David Whyte: The Dangerous Truth 199
Clayborne Carson: Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks 205
Epilogue 210
About the Contributors 213
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    How the American People Can Build a Better America

    Many Americans wonder why their feelings have not been adequately expressed by American politicians or the mainstream media following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. While most Americans felt a great sense of sadness and anger after September 11th, they have not necessarily felt a need to re-establish a sense of American global strength and primacy at any cost. There is, in fact, an ever-growing number of American citizens who do not wish to see America behave like an uncompassionate and self-absorbed empire who is bent on retaliation without regard to whatever "collateral damage" may occur as a result. Fortunately for America, one of her most important branches of government consists of her people. When American people learn more about national and international issues and get involved in making sure their feelings are heard, tremendous positive changes are possible that have wide-sweeping effects throughout the world. A TIME FOR CHOICES presents a remarkably clear picture of the decisions that American citizens face following the pivotal events of September 11, 2001, as well as some visions of how Americans can help create a better America. A TIME FOR CHOICES was compiled from a series of forty-two fascinating interviews that "New Dimensions" radio host and founder Michael Toms conducted after September 11, 2001 with people who are noteworthy for their worldly awareness and insightful commentary. Toms organizes these inspiring interviews into chapters that explore some of America's founding principles of democracy, freedom of the press, and national security. What makes A TIME FOR CHOICES really stand out as an exceptional book, however, is the fact that it also includes discussion of spiritual issues and hopeful visions of the future. I love the way I learned things in A TIME FOR CHOICES that I have not heard of anywhere else. For example, International Law professor Francis Boyle explains why the United States is obliged to resolve its dispute with Afghanistan in a peaceful manner according to UN Charter 2(3) and Article 33, and linguist Noam Chomsky describes the importance of retaining civil liberties in America. Author and world-traveler Mark Hertsgaard shows how different American media is from international media, when for example President George Bush's statement, "You're for us or against us" made headlines in France, but was buried deep inside American news reports. I highly recommend A TIME FOR CHOICES to everyone who wishes to see the big picture of what is really happening in America today. A TIME FOR CHOICES should be required reading for all Americans, and for anyone interested in understanding where America is headed next.

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