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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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Lies and Self-Contradictions "prove" Honesty

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 9. 1 Reply

Biden sounds like Trump Lite.Biden went from voting for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 to defending gay rights in 2012. He supported the invasion in Iraq, then called it a mistake. He initially (in 1973) said he believed Roe v. Wade was wrongly…Continue

Tags: self-contradictions, lies, Joe Biden

Trump Ordered Border Agents To Break The Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 14. 4 Replies

Trump Ordered Border Agents To Break The Law Why do church members not confront Trump on his separation of families?Why do they not challenge him when he refuses to disclose…Continue

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Private Jets

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Mar 12. 1 Reply

Private Jets are the paradigm of fossil fuel inequality and climate destruction.Donald Trump’s tax reform allowed individuals and companies to write off 100% of the cost of a new or used private jet against their federal taxes. For some plutocrats…Continue

Tags: inequality, private jets, climate destabilization

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 27, 2019 at 12:39am

Cane, thanks for pointing out Eisenhower’s original phrasing.

His term, congressional-military-industrial complex, from which he dropped the word congressional so it wouldn’t anger the members of Congress, described his time. It predicted our time.

I understand that during the 1960s, the war industries assured themselves of future Congressional funding by distributing themselves throughout the states.

I fear that bloated war budgets are as certain as the federal debt that will in time anger our offspring.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2019 at 9:02pm

As you know, I was active in the Civil Rights struggles in 1967-8. While living in Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as was Robert Kennedy. This is a photo of Anacostia, VA of the riot following King's assassination and where I was teaching on that day. It was terrifying. 

I was in my classroom with a room full of students. We heard the riot growing and getting closer. Sirens blared, and a few gunshots scared me to the core. Four black men hurled open the door, physically picked me up, and carried me to my car. They put a vehicle ahead, behind, and on both sides of my car and escorted me through the smoke to the bridge that took me to WA, DC. As I drove home through the monuments, I looked over my shoulder and saw the flames of the riot. The Capital building was a silhouette with fire and smoke behind. It would look beautiful if the cause were not so tragic. 

Watch this video from, "Everything was on fire: remembering the DC riots 50 years later/slides." 

https://wtop.com/dc/2018/04/everything-was-on-fire-remembering-the-...

Comment by Cane Kostovski on May 26, 2019 at 8:49pm

I am in the middle of watching the Joe Rogan Experience with Tulsi Gabbard youtube video which is 2.5 hours long AND what Tulsi taught me was that President Eisenhower coined the term "Congressional Military-Industrial Complex" and in his last speech as President, he took the word Congressional out of his speech.

It's high time we call the kettle black. Progressives use the term "Military-Industrial Complex" continually BUT THEY SHOULD CALL IT THE CONGRESSIONAL MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!!!!!!!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 26, 2019 at 6:39pm

Ruth, They are at the top.  I guess they are the most fit.  Do you want to be rich?  If you are fit enough mentally, you can do it.  My step father, and my uncle had a bet on who could be a millionaire first.  I don't know who was first, but they both became millionaires.  (And, they did it honestly.)  What is your idea of  a "just social structure"?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2019 at 6:06pm

Donald, it may be true that "... the leaders have, and the rest don't.  That's the nature of life."  But I don't agree that "It's the modern variation of 'Survival of the fittest'." It's hierarchical society, and those at the top are not more fit or more deserving. Might doesn't make right, even though it buys preachers and media to claim so. In fact, this unjust social structure is destroying the planet and will be the death of us all. Unless we reinvent society as egalitarian and sustainable.

Comment by Patricia on May 26, 2019 at 2:25pm

All I can say here is.....all you US citizens.....get out & vote!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2019 at 2:03pm

"We can't let 'America First' become 'America Alone'"

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 26, 2019 at 11:15am

Tom, your last question pretty much says it all.  "When was it not so?"  I don't care what nation you go to in this world throughout history, the leaders have, and the rest don't.  That's the nature of life. It's the modern variation of "Survival of the fittest".

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 26, 2019 at 1:19am

Donald, I can count on you to defend the status quo.

Do you know the ways America’s first billionaires became wealthy?

They did it the same ways it’s being done now: lawlessly or by being bailed out of their economic recessions or depressions by taxpayers.

America has always had socialism for wealthy folks and competitive free enterprise for others.

When in history was it not so?

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 26, 2019 at 12:13am

There are a lot of rich people who do a lot of good for the rest of us.  Bill and Melinda Gates have poured millions into bringing computers into libraries.  There are many hospitals with wings that have the names of the donors who paid for them.  There are countless museums and libraries that exist because the rich donated the funds to build them.  There are assholes at every level, but I think we benefit because of the rich.

 
 
 

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