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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2015 at 10:07pm

"... $10 million a minute is how much the world’s governments are spending to subsidize the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas."

World Governments Subsidize the Burning of Fossil Fuels to the Tune...

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:31am

They are still at it, Bertold, but they had different pictures in the fifties. I still like Doré's steel engravings...

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 4, 2015 at 6:56pm
  • And now these people have the Internet and e-books to push their evil dogma.

Bertold, do we any longer have to ask where America's violence originates?

We too have the internet and e-books. We outnumber those sick and depraved people and can use the internet and e-books to expose them.

We evolutionists know that natural selection is wasteful. Given the statistics on miscarriages, natural selection might be more wasteful than religion. It's far more wasteful than that version of Puritanism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2015 at 2:53pm
Comment by sk8eycat on June 29, 2015 at 8:31pm

It IS brilliant!  And I'm halfway through rereading Fortunate Son for the 3rd or 4th time.  Makes me want to take the entire Bush family out and shoot them before they reproduce some more .  But they aren't the only ones....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 29, 2015 at 3:21pm

A great comic about deserved wealth.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:26pm

Ruth, the graph tells an interesting story. I wonder what the family income was for people those years? I'll have to see if I can find out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:22pm

Tom, thanks for the book lead,  Petr Kropotkin, in Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution. I downloaded it. My goodness, he has a lot of references. It will be a fun one to read. 

Petr Kropotkin, in Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:16pm

Signed! 

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 21, 2015 at 6:56pm

Which initiative, sk8eycat?

There were four in all, two each year.

In each of those two years, I was one of hundreds of voters who gathered voters' signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would amend the Government Code to take out the bribery and extortion that legislators can do.

In each of those two years, the legislature put an initiative on the ballot that would enact a few reforms but let them continue the bribery and extortion.

In each of those two years, voters wanted reform and passed both initiatives. Enough voters still trusted the legislature and its initiatives got a few more votes than our initiatives. And so, the legislators continued the bribery and extortion.

We decided that if they would not change their practices we would change their faces.

And so our third initiative called for term limits. It's a simple idea and the legislature was unable to confuse voters with another initiative.  

We knew term limits was not the best idea, but the legislature twice screwed us. They earned term limits.

Those who want to stay in government for more than two terms now have to persuade different sets of voters to elect them.

 

 
 
 

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