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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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Will the next generation rewin only lost freedoms or will they win some new freedoms?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 2 Replies

A friend recently wrote me a thought-provoking discussion: ”Decades ago I read that each generation has to win its freedoms. May I, without being charged with donning rose-tinted glasses, ask if America’s next generation will rewin only lost…Continue

Tags: in, prayers, mandated, voters, rights

Suckers for Civility (Steve Shives)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 9 Replies

Anyone here remember that funky old movie with Patrick Swayze, "Road House?" Swayze plays the cooler at a gin joint whose clientele are barely civilized, and he's tasked with bringing the place under control.  There's that one scene where he's…Continue

Tags: Steve Shives, civility, Road House, Donald Trump

A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 22. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

Tags: Trump, Donald, immigration, American Humanist

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday
"And now the president*’s off to meet with Vladimir Putin for his annual performance review. Heads up, Alaska. Hope you like borscht."

~Charlie Pierce
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

Another of Snyder's lessons suitable for those of a paranoid frame of mind: Email is skywriting.

Comment by Chris on Friday

For those who have difficulty reading here's a link to Professor Timothy Snider talking about his book on Tyranny.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?424912-2/timothy-snyder-discusses-on-...

As destabilization in countries with underlying  overlying causes such as climate change and population increases along with wealth inequity tyranny will increase.

Some people seem to like what I'd call tyranny because then they don't have to think for themselves.

Perhaps  it's a "God bless the queen,or king" syndrome  -

It also might be called identity or charismatic politics and leaders. Unfortunately that may be part of the problem with the U.S.

Comment by Chris on Friday

Joking,

On politics, polls, census, and surveys;

When asked what race am I

I'd  like to answer (in car terms) motocross rally, hill climbs,

Paris to Dikar,  Beijing to Paris, F1 (with good sponsors)  and  a bit of roundly ponders (such as the Indianapolis 500).

Sorry for being outside of the topic of discussion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Tom, that sounds like a good one to start with, "do not obey too soon!"

I'll go with #2 Defend an institution. A free press works for me!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on Friday

I'm committing some of Snyder's lessons to my 87-year-old memory.

I learned his first one, do not obey too soon, in Catholic schools.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Bertold, this book sounds exactly as I want to read! I know there is a way to overcome such tyranny as we see today and there must be a way to counteract it. The first thing to do, it seems to me, is to realize that Russia caused the election of Trump, they could not win us over by war, and they influenced countless numbers of people to choose an unworthy man to win. To quote from Goodreads, 
"#1 New York Times Bestseller
The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

A little book everyone should read.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people.

~Adam Gopnik

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2018 at 7:06am

Maybe it's "kind of hard," Bertold ... but it ain't impossible.  If we can get Collins and Murkowski working with us, we can let Dolt 45 know that the Senate isn't going to rubber-stamp his BS.

 
 
 

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