Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:23pm

Chris, I like your "Authoritarianism" pieces. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:08pm

Hastings on nonviolence

"Trump refers to his ambitions with canine instincts, e.g., he wants to spend $1.5 trillion on new nuclear weapons to make sure the USA is at the “top of the pack.” We only have a few more than 7,000 of them live, locked, and loaded, prepared to overkill humankind by a factor of seven, so it’s important to add more, right? Arf."

How many times does Trump want to kill life on Earth? The wretched planet will be a mere crisp and no one knows we ever existed. 

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 7:38am

Authoritarianism may be determined by the poll which asked a set of four smple survy questions.

These questions pertain to child-rearing: whether it is more important for the voter to have a child who is

Respectful or Independent;

Obedient or Self-reliant;

Well-behaved or Considerate; and

Well-mannered or Curious.

Respondents who pick the first option in each of these questions are strongly authoritarian.

This is ased on the article below and linked here.

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 7:19am

It's not christians so much as authoritarians who voted for Trump.

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.

January 17, 2016

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?

You’d be wrong.

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

My finding is the result of a national poll I conducted in the last five days of December under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sampling 1,800 registered voters across the country and the political spectrum. Running a standard statistical analysis, I found that education, income, gender, age, ideology and religiosity had no significant bearing on a Republican voter’s preferred candidate. Only two of the variables I looked at were statistically significant: authoritarianism, followed by fear of terrorism, though the former was far more significant than the latter.

Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations.

More in the link

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2017 at 10:01am

Yeah ... WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 7:36pm

Withdrawling funding to effective government services is a plan to 'show' that government and democracy doesn't work.


I have mine - go fend for yourself sort of attidude.

In sarcasm.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 19, 2017 at 5:15am

Here's a poser for you: what happens if the CDC, very simply says, "No.  We will not censor ourselves for your sake."  Trump's reaction, of course, would be to defund the Centers for Disease Control, even as he has attempted to delegitimize multiple other regulatory agencies under his administration.  This argument is already in the wind in the major news media.  It was, in fact, covered on yesterday's CBS Evening News and will doubtless be seen by many as an attempt by Trump to exercise dictatorial power against an organization whose service to the US is all but beyond question.

And dear Donnie will have yet one more set of crosshairs aimed at him (as though he didn't have enough, already!).

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 4:45am

Should the poplle of Staten Island abondon their houses because of Sandy?- Yes.

Should have the people who lived in areas flooded by Karrina abandon thier neigohhoods.? Yes.

Should the victums of of Puerto Rico flood on to the contenent?


The rebulding effort for Puerto Rico after Maria s neglegent.

.  Kartina excemplifies that  GWB broke FEMA

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 4:23am

For what it's worth here is a link that  will show how rising sea level will effect areas.


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 4:01am

I wonder where one can find the real estate developers and politicians when the water rises 39 inches?

Can anyone imagine investing in property, including land and a home, when the science tells them of the sea level rise.?

When I searched for a home to buy, I looked at floodplain maps. I bought a home that would not be flooded until the next ice age melts. I do live in an area that was covered in ice during the  Pleistocene Epoch that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago. The city of Spokane is located in the floodplain that occurred when the ice melted.  

Jeez! who would fall for developers' claims? 




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