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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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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Global Tax on Fossil Fuel Needed

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Ralph Regenvanu and Avinash Persaud make perfect sense, arguing that current climate risk insurance policy practices are immoral.It's time for those who caused…Continue

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The French method of resistance

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 25. 3 Replies


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Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 2:54pm

Since neoliberbal economic policy has become 'tempered' it isn't treason to turn  power over to 'American bankers."  That's been acceptable since  at least the Bill Clinton presidency.

What a piece of shit. Hillary and the Democratic party - no different.

The Democratic Party diserves Donald Trump.

The democratic process diserves better.

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 2:39pm

A disgusting guy I worked with among other things told me some such thing as 'If we didn't work for the government he would have nothing to do with because I didn't subscribe to his religion."

It was funny (strange) that as much as I attempted to avoid him he continued to talk more than a motorized doll ( as opposed to a pull string, or wind up doll that eventually runs out of power).

In amongst his rude comments he told me he said to his daughter after eating something she didn't like the taste of -  "That isn't the worst you will have in your mouth."   His tone and context was about fellatio. 

It was a small work group - he was impossible to avoid entirely.

Not long after that  he asked me if a minor child should be allowed to have an appointment with her doctor and be treated for it without  her parents concent.   I wasn't sure what he meant.  I said  something to the effect (not knowing what he meant), thinking that there are a lot of Jehovahs whitness around, and there were numerous cases of Christian Scientists who let their kids die of very treatable problems such as appendicitus that yes a chicld should in some cases.    He finally asked me what I thought about a minor having an abortion withought the parents concents.  

By that time I was so upset with that guy that I told him " If your minor daughter gets pregnant an abortion should be manditory."

While thinking to myself there may be insest involved, or some other  gory thing about child neglect and family problems (I don't want to know about).  

That of course didn't stop him from sounding like a motormouth whenever he was around me and likely made my worklife worse because there were  enough of  his kind - meaning Christian Dominoists at work to make my work life difficult. 

I never came out as an atheist.  It didn't matter - the thing with many there is I didn't attend their church and thought different than they.    A guy I worked with said I was like a chicken with a ribbon around it's neck.  That was okay with most and appreciated by a few. 

In a culturally diseased environment in an oppressed culture it doesn't take many to destroy someone.   

That's a tidbit of why I dislike some fundamentamental religionists. 

Having written that, I don't dislike religious people .

The problem there were the Christian Theogogists/Dominionists.

In my understanding they aren't much different than ISIS/DASH.

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 1:54pm

Here's an interesting link about the history of abortion.

There are other more interesting articles about abortion laws and  why it became 'frowned upon, or illegal during the 1880's when a lot of emmigrants were entering the country.

The above CNN article  that includes the following is a good place for some people to start.  I hear many though abortion was always illegal - That's absolutely wrong.



Back when it was still a fledgling organization, however, it began a crusade in 1857 to make abortion illegal, Reagan wrote. The impetus was manifold. Some of it came "out of regular physicians' desire to win professional power, control medical practice, and restrict their competitors," namely midwives and homeopaths.
But this was also a time, Reagan said, in which women were lobbying for entrance into Harvard Medical School, in part so they could pursue work in obstetrics and gynecology.
The force behind this 19th-century AMA anti-abortion campaign was Dr. Horatio Storer, a Harvard Medical School graduate who dedicated much of his practice to OB-GYN work before he died in 1922.
The crusade proved to be a form of backlash against the shifting aspirations of women. It was "antifeminist at its core," Reagan wrote.
The AMA pushed for state laws to restrict abortions, and most did by 1880. Then the Comstock Law, passed by Congress in 1873, banned items including abortion drugs....
Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 11:49am

Tom asks if any bankers comitted treason.

Impeachable offenses may have been committed by the Obama administration  and his Attorneys General Eric Holder for not doing his due dilligance of thoroughly investigating and prosecuting any bankers for fraud - and possible kickbacks. 

That isn't treason - corruption - perhaps - even likely. 

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 11:24am

The trolly problem  may be similar the sinking ship anology.

In your anology Donald L. Engel  there should have been enough life boats.  If there weren't enough life boats why not.

With the trolly proplem why weren't there enough safety measures in place to preven the problem in the first place?

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 11:05am

As a point of history.

If an amorphodite baby was was born almost anywhere in the western world up until recently it would be culled.

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 10:50am

History of Red and Blue to disnguish R's and D's.

The fact is most places are purple.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2018 at 5:25am

Don, one point I've made repeatedly is that criminalizing abortion won't stop it.  Back in the days before Roe v Wade, stories about wire hangers weren't just stories for those without means, and those with them went to Scandinavia or wherever they had to to get shut of an unwanted pregnancy.

It's been a truism since the beginning of time: wherever there is a demand, legal or not, someone will work to provide a supply.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 5, 2018 at 5:16am

Thank you, Donald, for the research and thinking you did. Your article covered more bases than any article I’ve ever seen. You also dealt with the Oregon parents who treated their child as if their god owned it.

You left one base uncovered. Some pro-lifers have closed their minds and hearts and we will simply have to vote them down, either in legislative bodies or in voting booths.

How do you feel about adding the names and contact info for pro-choice organizations whose staff and members have done so much and are doing so much?


Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 5, 2018 at 1:25am

Donald, welcome back.

Did you consider making a Table of Contents for your paper? I will in time read it all and perhaps make a pro vs. con summary.

Your discussion in Part 2 of deformed infants in native tribes makes a kind of sense that IMO humans wrongly discarded. Who besides Xians discarded it, where, when, and for what reasons?

One history of an earlier poverty-stricken England said unmarried girls who became pregnant were expelled from a town.

A case can be made that universal health care, especially before the reproductive years, degrades the human gene pool.




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