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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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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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Trump’s companies have been cited for 

  • 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

In addition to the lawsuits, the review found:

* more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from: 

  • $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company, 
  • $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. 
  • On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that 
  • at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing.”

~ DONALD TRUMP

Trump frequently failed to pay small businesses and individuals, tying them up in court and other negotiations for years. In some cases. The Trump teams financially overpower and outlast much smaller opponents, draining their resources. Some just give up the fight, or settle for less; some have ended up in bankruptcy or out of business altogether.

~Steve Reilly, USA TODAY,  Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Published 2:46 p.m. ET June 9, 2016 | Updated 1:42 p.m. ET April 25, 2018

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Religion and capitalism go hand in hand in creating a poverty class, a group of people who require obedience and submission. Religion makes people dependent on a higher power, a superhuman force that will rise up to defend and protect the weak in the time of need. Capitalism makes people dependent on a job created by others who pay for work. Because there are more workers than jobs, the value of labor goes down and remains under constant pressure to lower wages even more. Workers depend on jobs. They learned, from the cradle through adulthood to submit to a higher power or authority figure. 

What if a child were born into a family who did not yield and obey God, King, Potentate, Patriarch, or father? What if that child learned how to think and reason in a way that understood there are consequences for his or her thinking or behavior, that there is no savior to rescue one from unthought out choices?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 13, 2019 at 2:53pm

And now, a brief commentary on recent events from Luke Skywalker:

Enow spake!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2019 at 5:49pm

"finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy" Yup. But also the military, the energy industry, and now pharmaceutical and big ag as well. So many parasites, so little common good.

Comment by Chris on June 12, 2019 at 4:09am

Sorry for dropping in to this thread.

Why are central americans fleeing?

Perhaps because of American involvement thowing over the elected governments of that area.

I don't know how many know about Operation Condor.

What's that piece of shit named who doesn't know what blow back is?

It doesn't matter there are many of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2019 at 1:58am

Wall Street And The Financialization Of The Economy

Financialization

”a process that has not only transformed finance itself, but also, the real economy and society. The transformation goes beyond the quantitative to involve qualitative change as finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy."

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2019 at 1:52am

"After experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history with the hyperinflation and recession of 1989, Argentina has now set yet a new historical mark not only for its own history, but for the world’s, having experienced the largest debt default by any country ever in 2002.1 The experience of Argentina provides a rather sobering evaluation of neoliberal policies for two reasons.

"First, Argentina has pursued neoliberal policies longer than most other countries in Latin America, having been one of the earliest neoliberal experiments during the early 1970s, compared to most other countries that did not embark on the neoliberal trajectory until the second half of the 1980s.

"Secondly, Argentina was recognized as having the highest standard of living and income per capita in Latin America for several decades,2 but as a result of neoliberal policies implemented through the last quarter century, it entered a depression such that over 50% of the population was living below the official poverty line, and almost one quarter of all Argentinians were in a state of indigence."

~ Argentina’s quarter century experiment with neoliberalism: from dic...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2019 at 1:35am

Tom, thanks for the lead to “united states involvement in regime change in latin america”.

Another important book about this era is "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2019 at 12:59am

Donald, we, the citizens of the U.S. failed to recognize the tyrannical behaviors of our nation, exploiting foreign markets and people and manipulating situations in ways that left people of other nations destitute, and powerless to prevent the raid on goods and services they provide U.S. wealthy. It was not only the U.S. but colonialists of all nations. Please read:

from a Capitalist point of view, 

When Capitalism is great and not-so-great; and

Naomi Klein's, The Shock Doctrine reveals how "disaster capitalism " creates opportunity to benefit from the misfortunes of others, i.e. 

the Falklands War in 1982;

the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989;

the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991;

the Asian Financial crisis in 1997;

Hurricane Mitch in 1998;

Hurricane Katrina, the destruction of New Orleans that expelled many poor black residents and allowed most of the city’s public schools to be replaced by privately run charter schools;

the torture and killings under Gen. Augusto Pinochet in 1973 in Chile and during Argentina’s military dictatorship were a way of breaking down resistance to the free market;

the instability in Poland and Russia after the collapse of Communism; 

Bolivia after the hyperinflation of the 1980s allowed the governments there to foist unpopular economic “shock therapy” on a resistant population; and

“Washington’s game plan for Iraq”: “Shock and terrorize the entire country, deliberately ruin its infrastructure, do nothing while its culture and history are ransacked, then make it all O.K. with an unlimited supply of cheap household appliances and imported junk food,” not to mention a strong stock market and private sector."

Donald, the thing I do not like about capitalism is that it starts out with praising the benefit of a level playing field, and before you know it, monopolies appear, box stores replace Mom and Pop stores, men and women work hard to move up in the capitalisy system and find that hard work is not enough. Even though productivity has risen since 1975, wages of wage workers stays stagnent. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 9, 2019 at 12:08am

Tom, I read the article.  Thanks.  Looks like we need to do some more work in Central America.  

 
 
 

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