Rob Moore

The Dream of the Know Nothings

Echoes of Empire in the Immigration Debate. The people making the decisions about immigration use it as a political contrivance; its solutions in name are solutions to symbolic and electoral problems. Each potential humanizing improvement is met with a provision

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Elysium, Reviewed.

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One of the great hallmarks of speculative fiction is that like theology, it looks at the present through the lens of the future. In the church we struggle with both ontological future and the immediate “worldly” future – the consequences of our current actions in their imagined possible contexts. This

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The Dream of the Know Nothings

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Echoes of Empire in the Immigration Debate. The people making the decisions about immigration use it as a political contrivance; its solutions in name are solutions to symbolic and electoral problems. Each potential humanizing improvement is met with a provision based on a rollback of reason. Nowhere do we see

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First Rick Scott came for the teachers

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Jan. 26, 2012: Florida governor Rick Scott, speaking to the Board of a state business group, used his own interpretation of Niemöller’s quotation to defend Mitt Romney. He began by saying that he had a poster of the quotation on his walls (beginning with “… the Jews …”), then said

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Solidarity Matters: Good News for Hospitality Workers

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Hospitality workers are often out of sight: washing sheets and making our beds in hotels; preparing food for our children in school cafeterias; stocking shelves in airport shops. Thanks to their persistent activism and the solidarity of their allies, their employers cannot presume that “out of sight is out of

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War and Peace

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(An Occasional Series.)  Why We Look Backward as We Move Forward. Unbound is an ecumenical e-journal offering analysis, practical resources, interactive conversation, and action items for issues of justice and Christian conscience. Begun in 2011, it may not seem to have much of a past. It was started by a largely

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Support Food Aid Reform!

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Support Food Aid Reform! In the proposal for FY2014 food aid budget, there are reforms which will allow the U.S. to buy and distribute food aid in areas where there is need.  Traditionally, there have been restrictions that have stipulated that the food aid be bought in the USA and

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Leading Us Along The Best and Straightest Paths

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Last year Unbound featured Rhymes & Reasons’s interview with Jasson Perez, a rapper and union organizer in Chicago. Jasson spoke movingly of his early struggles, his family, social justice, and the hip-hop songs that matter to him most. See Edward Vogel’s article, posted by Unbound in March 2012, Are You

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The gehenna of our own making: Zero Dark Thirty

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Zero Dark Thirty, Reviewed. -by Rob Moore Kathryn Bigelow’s film is the spiritual successor to 2008’s tremendous “war-is-a-drug” Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker, and in many ways is that film’s long, messy conclusion. In The Hurt Locker she explores themes of heroism, recklessness, and adrenaline addiction stemming from long-term combat deployment.

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