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Driving with the Brakes On: Why Doing Justice Is So Difficult
by Clarke E. Cochran
05.25.2015

Article Summary:

Dysfunctional health care, poverty and inequality, and poorly performing schools are entrenched problems in our society. They perpetuate injustice, they have complex social and economic causes, and they have proven resistant to multiple efforts at change over many decades. Why is this the case?

Clarke Cochran argues that “cultural anchors” -- deep-seated beliefs, assumptions, and fears that permeate a cultural group -- place a crippling drag on social change. These anchors are more profound obstacles to public justice and the common good than the left-right polarization today most often identified with policy stalemate. Cochran urges us to recognize our contemporary anchors, describing four such anchors that are prevalent in US culture and society today. He suggests some powerful ways that the Christian community can lead the way in lifting these anchors to bring about profound transformation, and he calls on the church to exercise its prophetic role in decrying cultural beliefs and practices that violate solidarity, public justice, and the common good.