Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2018 at 8:45am

I read Naomi Klein's No Is Not Enough recently. Excellent book.

  • A near-impenetrable sense of impunity—of being above the usual rules and laws—is a defining feature of this administration. Anyone who presents a threat to that impunity is summarily fired . . . Up to now in US politics there’s been a mask on the corporate states White House proxies: the smiling actor’s face of Ronald Reagan or the faux cowboy persona of George W. Bush (with Dick Cheney/Halliburton scowling in the background). Now the mask is gone. And no one is even bothering to pretend otherwise.

She writes with crystal clarity and well-informed, impassioned articulateness.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2018 at 12:21am

Chris, I agree, read and listen to Naomi Klein. She makes more sense than some of the people who represent us in government. 

By the way, I enjoy and appreciate the videos you recommended to me. The Goddess one was just outstanding. 

Comment by Chris on January 9, 2018 at 11:21pm

The problemss in Puerto Rico aaren't much different than the problems than Louisana with Hurricane Katrina. 

Perhaps Puerto Ricans should condider themselfs lucky that mercenaries wereen't sent in to kill them to prevent looting as happened with Hurricane Katriana.

Perhaps some should read some of Naomi Klein's books and writings to understand how it works.


GWB killed and privitized it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 9, 2018 at 1:32pm

Joan, your “We don't need to name-call, accuse, or blame...and speak with confidence,” says it well.

We have much to celebrate. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 9, 2018 at 2:50am

Shared by Patricia over in Atheist Ailurophiles:

(cat with head on paw in a 'thinking' pose, caption:) My desire to be well informed is currently in deep conflict with my need to stay sane.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2018 at 11:43pm

Loren, I agree the bigger problem is the dolts that choose not to act against him. 

That is why we need to name the tyranny of religion as a harmful aspect of our nature and offer alternatives. 

Read Steve Wells, Drunk with Blood - God's Killings in the Bible. 

We don't need to name-call, accuse, or blame; we just point out the slavery, conquests, willingness to kill children in the name of their holy book. We can ask the tough questions as spelled out by Peter Boghossian, A Manual for Creating Atheists.

We only need to celebrate the absence of belief in deities. We can back up any and all our claims with evidence; we know the natural order of things and it does not include superstition, myths, fairy tales, or wishful thinking; we are competent in our knowledge and speak with confidence. 


Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2018 at 9:52pm

Joan, at this point, I'm not certain that Dolt 45 even CARES what fact or fiction are.  He just makes his assertions, figuring that no one will check them [cha, right!].  Thing is, a bigger problem than Drumpf are those who are riding his coattails and won't act against him.  For them, it's Party over Country, and unless that is confronted head-on, this country is in DEEP SHIT.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2018 at 9:26pm

In 347 days, President Trump has made 1,950 false and misleading cl...He appears to be unable to separate fact from fiction. 

Trump seems to not know how to look at crowds and know the difference between large and small crowds.

He appears to be unable to deal fairly with people who work for him.

He makes claims about bringing productions back to the U.S. which clearly are not true; outsourcing and robotics take away many living-wage jobs.

He maintains that he knows how to structure taxes in ways that benefit all, even as he takes away the safety net of workers and weakens their bargaining powers.

His foreign policy becomes visible based on who is the fastest of the most destructive weapons known t....  

He came into office by Electoral College, not by popular vote.

Trump is a puppet president.

Trumps opened territory for offshore drilling throughout U.S. coast... with an expected $15 billion in new federal revenue from drilling fees. We should be closing down fossil fuels and putting investments into alternative ...

If we expect to protect life as we know it, we have to be able to separate fact from fiction.

I don't trust Trump with my physical and financial well-being nor do I trust him as POTUS.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 4, 2018 at 7:09am

Cat, you hit the nail on the head regarding abortion. Here's an article I posted last month:

This is what abortion politics is for
Fred Clark

. . . That legal battle lasted from 1971 until it was lost, conclusively, in 1983, with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bob Jones University v. United States.

But by then it didn’t matter, because by 1983, white evangelicals had found a new strategy to reclaim their rightful place as the standard-bearers of morality. That strategy was simply this: Change the subject.

Failing the clearest moral test of your time and culture is only a problem so long as that moral test is what people are talking about and thinking about. So talk about something else.

. . . And it worked. It worked so remarkably well that within another decade or so, the disgraced moral pariahs who had so thoroughly shamed themselves by failing the great moral test of the Civil Rights movement had been rebranded as “values voters” — the repository and safeguard of our national morality.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 4, 2018 at 3:29am

Saz, I'm not on Facebook, but I'm comfortable here on AN. Several factors play into that:

  • People can choose to go by real names or pseudonyms here. In my case, I can share my handle with my friends, yet remain otherwise ungoogleable.
  • I'm not tempted to reveal all my contacts, interests, and likes to a for-profit corporation and its advertisers. What I write here isn't connected to my other interests on other sites.
  • AN is supported by donations. Facebook offers a "free" service, which turns its users into the product.

Chris, thanks for the information about the history of abortion. It rings true that '"protecting" women from the dangers of abortion was actually meant to control them and restrict them to their traditional child-bearing role. Antiabortion legislation was part of an antifeminist backlash'. (Look at "pro-life" advocates who claim an absolute sanctity of human life yet accept abortion in cases of rape or incest, while also working against access to contraception and to reality-based sex education that reduces pregnancy rates. It's not really about the precious zygote/​embryo/​fetus. It's about controlling women and denying them the choice of consenting to sex without a significant risk of having to carry an unwanted pregnancy.)

Bertold, as far as I'm concerned churches can have the benefits of other nonprofits as soon as they assume the obligations, including having to file Form 990 and be transparent about how much money they get and from whom, and where it goes.




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