Self-Help Guru Marianne Williamson Thinks America Needs a Moral and Spiritual Awakening

June 21, 2019 by TWN Staff
Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson addresses the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People's Campaign June 17, 2019 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

Candidate: Marianne Williamson

State of Residence: California

Campaign Website: https://www.marianne2020.com

Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson addresses the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People’s Campaign June 17, 2019 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)

 

Short Bio: Marianne Williamson is an acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books. She has also been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Bill Maher. A quote from the mega best seller A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

Williamson ’s other books include The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, Enchanted Love, A Year of Miracles, and Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment. Her newest book, A Politics of Love: Handbook for a New American Revolution, will be published in 2019.

Williamson is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals. Williamson also co-founded the Peace Alliance. [Personal Website Bio]

Fun Fact: Williamson appeared many times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and was often called Oprah’s spiritual adviser. [Vox]

On the Issues

Health Care: Backs universal healthcare. Williamson supports universal health care coverage. She has also backed policies that would restrict the marketing and production of highly-processed and sugary foods. She has also called for greater government investment in programs aimed at reducing patient overcharges and environmental toxins and diseases. [PBS]

Jobs/Economy/Taxes: Increase minimum wage by region, repeal corporate tax cuts in 2017 tax law. Williamson has put forward a four-step plan to reduce income inequality. It includes providing cash relief through a universal basic income; creating jobs through Green New Deal legislation; boosting government funding for early education and childcare services, paid family leave, sick leave, and caregiving; and introducing a universal savings program, which would be available to children at birth. Williamson has proposed paying for the plan by rolling back tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses. [PBS]

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