Left Wing Atheists

A forum for meaningful dialogue between people affiliated to or supportive of left wing politics....communism/socialism/anarchism/syndicalism etc. It's essentially meant to be an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist forum.

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 5, 2014 at 11:48am

Quite a good summary, if a little too Soviet-friendly for my taste:


Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 11:18am
Casualty Estimates The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004–2013
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 26, 2012 at 6:55am

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 23, 2012 at 11:40pm
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 14, 2012 at 2:18pm

The Obama Re-Election Campaign, and the Left

The Ryan Nomination, The Obama Re-Election Campaign, and the Left
By Mark Naison

The Ryan Nomination, The Obama Re Election Campaign, and the Left

When the Communist Party and other leftists decided it was a priority to elect President Roosevelt in 1936, they didn't slow down their labor organizing and civil rights agitation - they escalated it.  ...

Obama supporters who want progressives to take precious energies away from grass roots movements to re-elect the president are, whether intentionally or not, sabotaging long term possibilities of democratic change. And they are NOT following the example of radicals from the Depression Era who built the industrial labor movement. ...  

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 26, 2012 at 6:56pm
Comment by TNT666 on July 25, 2012 at 2:02am
I have long thought that Marxism had one fundamental flaw, that it glorified many of the capitalism's institutions... principally industrialism. This article lays out this view quite well, it represents the ideal meeting place between 'ideology' and science, between communal values, and understand the science of the natural world.
GreenWeb: Left Biocentrism
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 24, 2012 at 1:29am
Comment by TNT666 on July 22, 2012 at 9:10am
The contrast I think is not about "progressive" it's about the very essence of modern day Humanists (not atheists as a whole). Modern day Humanists tend to have a "if human brains invented it, it's a good thing" approach to life. This is generally in direct opposition to "tried and true by nature" approach. Human inventions have not "improved" but have only increased our numbers, just as the invention of agriculture lead to increased human survival with the caveat of decreased human health. As long as "progressives" focus on quantity of humans instead of quality of life, I think the issues stated in this article will remain true. Humanists are in such awe of human "brain power" that they adulate it just like a god, that is not helpful to improving quality of life. Myself am not a traditional lefty but more of a libertarian socialist like Noam Chomsky.
In the "glorification" of human achievement traditional lefties commit the same fundamental sins as the religious and capitalists. Putting a halt to our insane fertility and gluttony and pride should be central to left politics. The left needs to distance itself from the Humanist religion IMHO.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 21, 2012 at 10:56am

Are Progressives Harming Their Cause by Attacking Organized Religion and People of Faith?  

or shorter URL:  

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Just as "liberal" and "socialist" are code words for "un-American radicals" in the weird world of Fox News, sometimes it seems that "religion" and (especially) "Christian" are code words for "twisted sociopaths" or "patriarchal fascists" in the otherwise generally saner world of progressive journalism.  


It is simply false that all (or even most) people of sincere faith — including those who are conservative in their religious commitments — are intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue. It is equally false that humanists necessarily see the light and embrace progressive politics. In my case, I am a Christian, a scholar, and for more than 30 years now a socialist who supports public healthcare, gender equality, separation of church and state, environmentalism, and pacifism. My humanist brother reads Ayn Rand, watches Fox News and is a dedicated member of the National Rifle Association. He opposes gun control, is a global warming skeptic and supports expanded use of fossil fuels, including fracking (he owns land in an area where you can scarcely hurl a stone without beaning one or two Chesapeake Energy employees). My brother and I do not conform to the stereotypes, and neither do countless other people.

That is, of course, always the case with stereotypes—they ignore flesh-and-blood human beings. We should know better by now than to engage in a politics of social typing, whether it is promulgated by xenophobic racial profilers on the Right or those of the secular Left who delight in demonizing folk who stubbornly choose to believe things that cannot be proven empirically.



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