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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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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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago. 13 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

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

That is just PRECIOUS, GC!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

cover of 'Tapas' magazine showing Donald Trump made out of bananas and baloney

via Twitter:

Comment by tom sarbeck on Friday
About xianity's collapse.

While researching several years ago the origin(s) of Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, I read of a collapse of xian morality in England during the middle 1800s that peaked during the 1840s

Concern for public morality resulted in the creation of Victorian literature, which told of the entire lives of people who lived morally or otherwise and who at the story's end were suitably rewarded or punished.

Then, shortly before WW One, writers lost interest in those long stories and started telling of parts of lives, starting what today is referred to as modernism or modernist literature.

Xianity has been collapsing for decades or centuries, sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

Funny how to them, losing their ability to persecute whomever they want is persecution.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

It's not a collapse, Bertold, but an evolution, that dirty word which evangelical creationist Christians so loathe.  It's peculiar that, even though Christianity was likely the dominant belief system 200+ years ago, it failed to dominate or even significantly influence the formation of our government, except in the notations of Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution, and later, the First Amendment.  Two hundred years later, when the New Deal threatened an inchoate corporatocracy, they used religion to obscure their own purposes while trying to play a long game to recement their own power base.

The problem is that, in the intervening time, another player entered the game – us, and those who represent us, whether you want to talk about the ACLU, the FFRF, or Americans United.  It's a matter of Paradise Lost, or more accurately, privilege lost.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

Robert P. Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of “The End of White Christian America” had a thoughtful article in the NYT

The Collapse of American Identity

 

By ROBERT P. JONES MAY 2, 2017

[entire article]

. . . But recent survey data provides troubling evidence that a shared sense of national identity is unraveling, with two mutually exclusive narratives emerging along party lines. At the heart of this divide are opposing reactions to changing demographics and culture. The shock waves from these transformations — harnessed effectively by Donald Trump’s campaign — are reorienting the political parties from the more familiar liberal-versus-conservative alignment to new poles of cultural pluralism and monism.

 

, , , There have been other times in our history when the fabric of American identity was stretched in similar ways — the Civil War, heightened levels of immigration at the turn of the 20th century and the cultural upheavals of the 1960s.

 But during these eras, white Christians were still secure as a demographic and cultural majority in the nation. The question at stake was whether they were going to make room for new groups at a table they still owned. Typically, a group would gain its seat in exchange for assimilation to the majority culture. But as white Christians have slipped from the majority over the past decade, this familiar strategy is no longer viable.

 White Christians are today struggling to face a new reality: the inevitable surrender of table ownership in exchange for an equal seat. And it’s this new higher-stakes challenge that is fueling the great partisan reorientation we are witnessing today.

Jones also writes a column in The Atlantic that's often interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 2:32pm

I totally agree, tom. A new election won't do squat without fixing the electoral system in my view.

Here's a chuckle from The Borowitz Report.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 15, 2017 at 9:40pm

pessimistic/realistic <=> potato/potahto

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 15, 2017 at 9:15pm
Bert, Pierce uses the word 'welfare' without saying whether he's referring to welfare for living persons or welfare for corporations.

Of course, what counts is that he is as pessimistic as another guy whose prose I read.:)
 
 
 

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