Critical Hope: Radical Citizenship in Reactionary Times
by Robert Jensen of the Nowar Collective
December 17, 2001

An excerpt:

"Understanding the difference between critique and cynicism and the difference between hope and optimism is crucial to the future of any struggle against injustice. At this moment in history, those struggles must not only be about trying to win changes in policies but also about the reinvigoration of public life a call for participation, for politics, for radical citizenship in reactionary times."  

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Editor's note: Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a member of the Nowar Collective, and author of the book Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream