The massacre in New Zealand calls us to summon our better angels. Robert Koehler hopes we’ll awaken to the ways racism, enmity, and war shape our world and finally transcend and transform them.
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About Robert Koehler
Robert Koehler is a nationally recognized award-winning journalist, fiction writer and poet whose essays and columns have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and on public radio and the Internet. Robert Koehler has won numerous writing and journalism awards over a 30-year career, at the national, state and local levels. He is currently a regular contributor to such high-profile Web sites as the Huffington Post, Common Dreams, OpEd News and TruthOut; and is a sought-after speaker on such topics as election fraud and the nature of peace. Eschewing political labels, he considers himself a "peace journalist."
Entries by Robert Koehler
Artificial morality is justifying the use of technology for war in order to profit. Authentic morality is taking a stand for peace at the risk of your job.
The test of the first atomic bomb ushered in the Anthropocene, “establishing humans as co-equal participants in activity of the natural world.” To survive, we must re-think our violent ways and realize we’re all in this together.
Writing for peace and social justice is one thing, but “for words to matter about all this, they have to express more than “concern” or even outrage,” Robert Koehler says. “They have to cut into our own lives… as deep as prayer.”
The color line is an artificial division that has become an almost impenetrable wall. Lowell Thompson hopes to break through mental barriers and dismantle racism not with scolding but with creativity, irreverence and humor.
“[W]e are music: … music is in our bodies and in our spirits.” War divides; music connects. Robert Koehler sings praises of Musicians Without Borders.
Jim Crow racism has a long, ugly history in American culture, as Governor Northam’s yearbook reminds us. Robert Koehler reminds us that outrage is not the same as repentance and change.
As our military seeks to upgrade its arsenal with low-yield nukes, Robert Koehler has a better idea: ensure the survival of the world through disarmament.
Mike Pence, in his attempt the other day to commandeer the spirit of Martin Luther King to shill for his boss’s agenda, unintentionally did so much more. He brought the…
There are things that go unquestioned in the national discussion. Because this is a country wrapped in fear and self-importance, the basic, unchallenged premise determining how we behave, how we…
The Wicked Truth
The Thinking Person’s Guide to The Wildly Successful Broadway Musical
Employing political, social, and historical examples against the backdrop of the musical Wicked, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical land of Oz, challenging the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Written by Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross.
Tangles of Desire
In her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross examines the trials and travails of romantic love through the lens of mimetic theory.
On the page, you can watch videos, take a quiz, download music, read a chapter of the book, and discover your romantic pattern. It's wicked fun!
Illustrations by Susan Drawbaugh of Wee Five Designs.