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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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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealthIt's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.""sub-Saharan…Continue

Tags: corporations, tax-havens, repatriate, climate, change

Retaking State Legislation May Be Our Only Hope

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 1 Reply

Andrew O’Hehir makes the point that,... the extreme and ingenious gerrymandering of congressional districts locked in by Republican state legislators after the 2010 census virtually guarantees a GOP House majority until the next census and at least…Continue

Tags: gerrymandering, symbolic thinking

Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 14 hours ago. 38 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

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Comment by tom sarbeck on June 16, 2014 at 11:30am

Re the resistance of some state governments to allow Tesla to sell cars:

It reminds me of the reports I heard in San Francisco of GM's buying up transit systems and closing them in order to sell more automobiles.

American capitalism is so efficient.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 7:00am

You recall correctly, Tom ... which is why I don't give the Washington Times a whole lot of cred ... any more than I gave Ronny.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 16, 2014 at 6:55am

Tesla is opening up its patents.  The world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform," Musk said. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/small-business/latest-n...

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 10, 2014 at 5:35am

As I recall, the Wash Times is the Moonies' newspaper.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 10, 2014 at 12:46am

A bit of a tangent:

A Washington Times online poll finds most respondents saying that Ronald Reagan, if he were still alive, would have aligned himself with the Tea Party!

(Of course, Washington Times readers are a decidedly conservative self-selecting sample!)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/polls/2014/may/23/if-ronald-reagan-w...

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 8, 2014 at 10:48pm

Much depends on definitions, so until someone demands different definitions, my anger-driven radical is further to the left and my fear-driven reactionary is further to the right.

Which costs more lives, "sustainable" or "self-extermination"?

I see an imbalance there. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 10:13pm

Where does radical fit in your dimension? I'm a bit left of progressive, as I think the entire economic/political system needs a drastic overhaul if we're to achieve sustainability instead of self-extermination.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 8, 2014 at 9:29pm

       ...liberals tend to be socially progressive and fiscally conservative.

That would be clearer, if more complicated, as

... liberals tend to be socially progressive relative to conservatives and fiscally conservative relative to progressives.

Graphically:

progressives - - - - - liberals - - - - - conservatives

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 4:20pm

Sentient Biped, I get more upset about corporations and the wealthy using tricks to avoid taxes. I absolutely loathe taxes being used "to enrich cronies and military - corporate - investor complex" too. I guess our common ground is honesty in government and accountability to ordinary people. Right now politicians don't listen to regular voters at all, just big campaign donors.

Comment by Daniel W on June 8, 2014 at 1:32pm

I had a difficult time deciding whether I am fiscally conservative or not.  I don't like to think I belong to a particular catgory, buty if the shoe fits.... 

Much of my financial philosophy comes from experience.  Through much of my education, I saw administrators raising tuition, and professors demanding expensive texts or other devices, with the disingenuous claim "You will make much more money in the future as a result". Which for many was not true at all.  It's a bit analogous to the government, taking away hard earned savings of ordinary people and going into debt, to enrich cronies and military - corporate - investor complex by going into debt and creating misadventures abroad.

Wikipedia def of fiscal conservative "Fiscal conservatism is a politicoeconomic philosophy with regards towards fiscal policy and the advocating of fiscal responsibility."  I don't know about the details, but that describes aat least come of what I think.  The Reaganites were not fiscal conservatives - they created more debt, made the country into a debtor nation, and created transfer of resources from ordinary people to robber barons.

I do accept there are times when gov't must tax in order to obtain resources required for security, prevent invasion, protect people, or create important infrastructure.  Those funds should come from honest taxation, not the sneaky taxation and shell games of pretending it results in a better tomorrow for all, when in reality it results in more wealth for the 1%.

I am no economist, so what do I know.

I suspect anyone would fine be very very socially progressive, but with some precautions thrown in.  For example, I'm all for education for all - which is not our current system - but there should be accountability, so academic admin doesn't just squander the efforts, trust, and financial futures, of the students and their families.

 
 
 

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