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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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A most interesting exercise in fantasy

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 2 Replies

The One Speech That Could Turn Donald Trump From Villain To HeroPatheos - August 16, 2016 by Benjamin L. CoreyArticle…Continue

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Global Elites Failing

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 0 Replies

The new challenge for climate action? PopulismDoug Hendrie sees the disenfranchised rejecting the globalization being…Continue

Tags: climate change, fossil fuel addiction, protectionism, nativism, nationalism

The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 21. 0 Replies

Will Denayer's article thrusts us into startling clarity, by summing up our climate/economic/political situation.How climate change…Continue

Tags: fossil fuel corporations deadlock on governments, climate model failures, Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Jul 17. 18 Replies

The title rather says it all.  Nevertheless, details matter.  Here's the story from this morning's Plain Dealer (16 July, 2016):…Continue

Tags: plurality, nones, Pew, religious

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 2:51am

The Peril of Obama's "Man Crush" on Geithner Is Exposed by the Debate

"Obama developed a "man crush" on Geithner and decided to follow Geithner's policies to bail out the banksters rather than hold them accountable for the frauds that made them wealthy and caused the Great Recession. Obama's "man crush" is particularly odd given the fact that Geithner is a Republican who, as a fig leaf, became an independent."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 1:53am

The Fate of Humanity Is at Stake -- Why Are Romney and Obama Too Co...

Education intended to teach children to obey, to follow directions, to give the "right answer", to yield to authority, to look outside oneself for the correct response, to seek from others the meaning of events results in an adult trained to be an obedient laborer, to not cause trouble, to follow the rules, to give up critical thinking and to be a good worker for someone else's enterprise. 


Chomsky said, "The Enlightenment ideal of education was captured in the image of education as laying down a string that students follow in their own ways, developing their creativity and independence of mind.

"The alternative, to be rejected, is the image of pouring water into a vessel – and a very leaky one, as all of us know from experience. The latter approach includes teaching to test and other mechanisms that destroy students' interest and seek to fit them into a mold, easily controlled. All too familiar today."

In subjects of natural laws, a student needs to learn the principles of physics and mathematics, and evolution and these are topics one learns, not through obedience, but through inquiry, through reasoning, through experimentation, through living in the question. 

In matters of beliefs, a student needs to be able to differentiate the difference between attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values that come to us through some external "giver of knowledge". If a belief is invalid, the value is invalid. An educated person can test, question, doubt. That distinction between laws of nature and laws of humans is part of being educated.


Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2012 at 11:32pm

“There was one field in which man was unsurpassed; he showed unlimited ingenuity in devising bigger and more efficient ways to kill off, enslave, harass, and in all ways make an unbearable nuisance of himself to himself. Man was his own grimmest joke on himself.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2012 at 8:55pm

A cello performance with a very good impersonation of visceral experiences of today's politics, economy and religion, all seeming to be reaching a frenetic crescendo of chaos at the same time in history, with a fear that it will all melt down to nothing, even as we hold a faint hope that order, good sense and compassion emerges.
Ruth, I like you contribution on these issues. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 5, 2012 at 3:17pm

While a cello performance seems irrelevant to Politics, Economics & Religion, this piece by Smells Like Teen Spirit captures the feel of that nexus today, with its heavy balance of frenetic/distorted/intense to serene/calm/sane. This is my nervous system submerged in the swirling current of economics/politics/religion/now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2012 at 4:05pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2012 at 4:04pm

That snap poll that said 67% thought Romney won the presidential debate had me worried. But the uncommitted voters in the audience turned out to be "nearly all white, Southern and over 50." Not representative at all of US citizenry. It sounds like the Republicans managed to hoodwink us again, stuffing the peanut gallery, to give the impression their guy would win and discourage Dems.

Comment by Plinius on October 4, 2012 at 2:21am

This is really disgusting - if the justice system won't protect the weak there's nothing left. You might as well overturn your Supreme Court.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 3, 2012 at 8:17pm

Joan you're right. This isn't a right/left issue. This is a fairness issue. Small excert from the article;

In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday afternoon, the Connecticut State Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who had sex with a woman who “has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.” The Court held that, because Connecticut statutes define physical incapacity for the purpose of sexual assault as “unconscious or for any other reason. . . physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act,” the defendant could not be convicted if there was any chance that the victim could have communicated her lack of consent. Since the victim in this case was capable of “biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing,” the Court ruled that that victim could have communicated lack of consent despite her serious mental deficiencies:

WTF!! Pardon me, but mental capacity of a 3 y.o. with CP, and further in the article, find out she is confined to a wheelchair! Gimme an effing break.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 8:07pm

Furthermore, This is so terribly outrageously ignorant of not one, but four judges who overturned the conviction of a rapist! Absurd! I wonder, if any one of those judges had a daughter with cerebral palsy and mental capacity of three years, would their sense of justice have been different? 
I don't think this is a right or left issue! Justice, fairness, accountability weigh heavy on the minds and hearts of the liberals I know. So, we don't think the state should put citizens to death, we do think the state should hold people accountable and responsible for harming others and indeed, the state should provide protections for those who are unable to protect themselves.

 
 
 

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