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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Joseph P on November 14, 2016 at 8:58am

Basically, we don't know what the hell he's going to do.  Which is worse: that he'll do what he said during the election or that he won't?

Although, we know that his promise to drain the swamp and oppose the political establishment is complete bullshit.  He's filling his cabinet with longtime Republican politicians and lobbyists.

A lot of his probable choices are horrifying, such as Myron Ebell, a climate-change denialist with no education in anything related to science, as the E.P.A. Administrator.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 14, 2016 at 6:16am

Tom, I'll believe it when Drumpf butts heads with McConnell and Ryan, and we have a ways to wait until that can really happen.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 14, 2016 at 5:22am
Trump a semi-progressive ? ?
Monday Nov 14 at 3:15 AM

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says Trump is saying he won't go as batshit right as he said during the campaign.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2016 at 3:37am

Oh! Great, another POTUS who hand off the chores of governing to other and when they fail, he doesn't have to take th blame, when they succeed, he gets credit. Sounds like a good job to me. 

I wonder if he has paid his publicity bill yet? I also wonder why all the tradespeople he shafted don't get together and sue him? 

Would it not be fun to witness his present wife give him a swing to his chops in public? 

Comment by Joseph P on November 12, 2016 at 8:13am

That seems like a probable scenario, yes.  Trump has neither the knowledge nor the temperament to govern.

I think his primary role in the government will be starting pissing matches with other world leaders.  Maybe he'll call Angela Merkel fat and ugly.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 11, 2016 at 10:47pm

Trump anything but a figurehead?

After the RNC, one news report (prolly on liberal MSNBC) said he wanted Ohio's Kasich as his VP and offered to let him run domestic and foreign policy. Trump's behavior and ignorance of everything but TV  suggests the report may have been true, but I have no hard info.

Comment by Joseph P on November 11, 2016 at 10:22pm

I'm signing up as an escort for one of my local Planned Parenthood offices, myself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 1:45pm

Taibbi is correct, again, and offers the reasons we have to stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, superstitions, and myths wherever we witness them. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2016 at 12:23pm

Matt Taibbi of RS wrote a thoughtful post-mortem on the election.

[Entire article here]

President Trump: How America Got It So Wrong
Journalists and politicians blew off the warning signs of a Trump presidency – now, we all must pay the price

Highlights (my emphases):

. . . There's no way to overstate the horror of what just went down. Sure, we've had some unstable characters enter the White House. JFK had health problems that led him to take amphetamine shots during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reagan's attention span was so short, the CIA had to make mini-movies to brief him on foreign leaders. George W. Bush not only didn't read the news, he wasn't interested in it ("What's in the newspapers worth worrying about?" he once asked, without irony).
But all of these men were just fronts for one or the other half of the familiar alternating power structure, surrounded by predictable, relatively sober confederates who managed the day-to-day. Trump enters the White House as a lone wrecking ball of conspiratorial ideas, a one-man movement unto himself who owes almost nothing to traditional Republicans and can be expected to be anything but a figurehead. He takes office at a time when the chief executive is vastly more powerful than ever before, with nearly unlimited authority to investigate, surveil, torture and assassinate foreigners and even U.S. citizens – powers that didn't seem to trouble people much when they were granted to Barack Obama.
. . . Trump's rebellion was born at the intersection of two toxic American myths, the post-racial society and the classless society.
. . . Republicans had flirted with racist (and sexist) rhetoric for decades, refusing to the last to understand how dangerous this behavior was. They never imagined their voters would one day demand that they act on all this race-baiting talk. They believed their own pablum about racism being a thing of the past and reverse discrimination being the true threat to the American polity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 9:13pm
 
 
 

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