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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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Australian Fire Fighting Economics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 17. 0 Replies

Economic priorities of the Australian Government:Ninety five percent of the funding for the New South Wales fire service comes from a levy that is added to home insurance premiums. The resulting rise in premiums has driven many people in that state…Continue

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Fake University Squander

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 29, 2019. 1 Reply

AOC excoriates Congress for enabling ICE's morally bankrupt University of Farmington sting.... Ocasio-Cortez suggested that lawmakers should accept some of the blame for funnelling funding into the agency with little oversight."Earlier this year,…Continue

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#Quora: Nate White Hilariously Answers the Query –”Why Do British People NOT Like Trump?”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 7, 2019. 3 Replies

Nate White, a witty writer from England wrote the perfect response. A few things spring to mind… Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2019 at 3:29pm

Cane, my sense of RBE is a reliance on cooperation, not competition, the exact opposite of corporations. In

the study of social societies, those families, businesses, and nations who foster cooperation have a higher standard of living than those who foster competition. Less money, energy, time, and lives become squandered in a competition if the members have skills in communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.  

"The European Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice."

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 

Sadly, the Union has its flaws, and the USA doesn’t have a trade agreement with the EU. One of the many reasons for the EU is to provide processes to resolve conflicts. "Might makes right," was the claim of our ancestors. 

My grandfather left Belgium in the early 1900s because the young men were fodder for wars to protect wealth. Lives, used as fodder for victory, lie buried across the Eurasian continent. 

European Union Purpose

In another study of social groups, to thrive in the 21st century, students must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, These skills can be learned through social and emotional learning (SEL).

New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning t...

In a competitive society, a win/lose society, wealth tends to gravitate to those who do not know and understand cooperation skills and they tend to master competitive ones. 

Dutch disease exhibits the following two chief economic effects:

1. It decreases the price competitiveness of exports of the affected country's manufactured goods, 
2. It increases imports.

A successful RBE depends on the leadership style of the group.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 9, 2019 at 6:46am

Joan, I never heard of Dutch Disease. I assume it is a capitalistic problem. The RBE would eliminate all problems caused by capitalism. In RBE, a thing called free trade would exist. In free trade, the person giving cannot ask for, or expect, anything in return and the person receiving would not give, or expect, anything as payment.

You need food, you go to the food distribution center and load up your cart and walk out. You need to charge your electric car, just plug it in without any kind of payment.

Everything would be free. All of the resources on Earth would be declared to be humanity's common heritage. Nobody would own anything.

Need to cut down a tree (Maybe three times in your life), you go to the tool library and check out a chain saw when you need it.

I am over simplifying it, but you get the gist.

We would rely on AI to drive the economy in such a way as to decide which products go where.

Again, I never heard of Dutch Disease. I will look it up later today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2019 at 11:01pm

Cane, I like the idea of a Global Resource Based Economy; "it uses the intelligent and humane application of science and technology to provide abundance for all people." There is no reason individuals and nations starve! 

Resource Based Economies tend to suffer from an economic hardship called ‘Dutch disease’ i.e., resource wealth somehow distorts their politics in such a way as to produce institutional and policy failures. If consistent policy failure and If poor governance lies at the root of this resource curse, why are resource-based economies more likely than others to suffer from it?

Political pathologies associated with resource-based economies, such as pervasive rent-seeking and corruption, might exist and cause links between economic structure and politics.

Much of the resource curse literature focuses on minerals (mainly hydrocarbons and metals). Such sectors are likely to be characterized by higher levels of state or private) ownership.

Capitalism focuses on the creation of wealth and ownership of capital and factors of production. 
A free market system focuses on the exchange of wealth, or goods and services.
In both cases, capitalism and a free market system tend to be vulnerable to the ”Dutch Disease.”

There is an important aspect of GRB that we need to know; even GRB has a tendency to create a class system, as does capitalism. Those who have financial resources tend to buy out smaller competitors, in any field and turn them into monopolies. 

10 Companies You Probably Never Realized Had Monopolies
Luxottica. the biggest manufacturer of glasses in the world,
Netflix,. 
Unilever, everyday consumer goods, 
YKK, zippers, 
Monsanto,
Google, 
Simmons Pet Food, 
Facebook.

AB InBev, produce and distribute over 200 types of beer around the world, 

References: 

10 Companies You Didn’t Know Had Near-Monopolies.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/10-companies-you-didnt-know...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2019 at 4:41pm

Point #4 I didn't know. That raising the minimum wage actually creates more jobs. Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2019 at 1:59pm

Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions, and Values, ABCTV, maintain and perpetuate poverty. Lies, told by people who pretend they know the facts fail to check the data. The truth comes from facts, not lies. 

Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 4, 2019 at 6:37pm

In a video interview in the Joe Rogan Experience where Tulsi Gabbard was the subject, Tulsi spoke about President Eisenhower's last speech AKA Farewell Speech which the text can be found here: Eisenhower's Farewell Speech

In it, he mentions the Congressional Military Industrial Complex and warns it is dangerous. He knew then what we would have to do to fight in today's political arena.

This Independence Day I look toward a day when the elite no longer rule. I offer RBE as a viable and hopefully peaceful solution.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2019 at 5:22pm

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 June 21, 2019 at 5:18pm

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.

 
 
 

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