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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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

Tags: far-right echo-chamber overtakes national voice

Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

Tags: Bill Maher, asshole, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2016 at 10:15am

My favorite part of the article is where the Daily Vatican rag (as opposed to just the Vatican Rag -- thank you Tom Lehrer) noted that using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as Pope Francis has said several times

Hypocrisy is truly an art form with these dicks.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 6, 2016 at 8:43am

The Vatican can learn to suck it up, Bertold.  They need to understand that it is their con game – religion – which all too often puts the gun in the hands of the radicals, whether it's Protestants and Catholics up until very recently or Sunnis vs. Shiites in the Middle East or Hindus vs. Muslims in India and Pakistan ... or any of a hundred different other conflicts around the world.

They're the ones who sow the wind, yet deny culpability for the whirlwind that follows.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2016 at 8:19am

Aw, the poor Vatican's pissed offat Charlie Hebdo again.

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s anniversary edition featuring a gun-wielding God has elicited criticism from the Vatican’s newspaper. The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano (The Roman Observer) said in an editorial Tuesday that the cartoon shows the world’s sad paradox of being politically correct but still disrespectful of believers.

The magazine’s special edition, marking the one-year anniversary of a terror attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices, will hit France’s newsstands Wednesday with its cover carrying a cartoon of a bearded man representing God with a Kalashnikov hanging over his shoulder. The cartoon is accompanied with a text reading: “One year on: The assassin is still out there.” One million copies of the special edition will be sold across the country and over thousands will be sent overseas.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 14, 2015 at 5:35pm

There's more irony, Ruth.

A recent book by Heather Cox Richardson is titled, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

The early Repub Party freed the slaves and today's Party wants to return them to slavery.

From the first bill to add the Equal Right Amendment to the Constitution and until the middle 1970s, it supported equal rights for women and today wants to enslave them.

From 1980 the Party has made wealthy white men wealthier and made them slaves to taxpayer subsidies.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 14, 2015 at 5:15pm

Calvin and Trump differ, too.

Calvin dreams of doing it and we laugh because we know he won't. Trump used his daddy's money to do it and made it his religion.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 14, 2015 at 1:54pm

Speaking to similarities to robber barons, Joan, consider this Salon article.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and a Right-Wing Insurgency the GOP Can No ...

In 1860 southern slave owners were the wealthy 1% controlling the Democratic Party. Their agenda was to make the new western states pro-slavery, so they could import their "property" to extend their economic and political control over the entire US.

Northerners ... organized a new political party, the Republican Party, to stand firm against the expansion of slavery into the West.

..., Democrats harped on the idea that the Republicans were attacking the culture of traditional America.

Today the parties have swapped sides, but the pattern is the same. Once again, political leaders have for years used  inflammatory rhetoric to bolster a system that  favors the very wealthy. Once again, their rhetoric has created an insurgency that they cannot control.

<sigh>, I haven't captured the irony of the party propaganda reversal.

And, Trump similarity to Calvin & Hobbes via cheezburger

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 14, 2015 at 1:40pm

It's scary how seamlessly Donald Trump fits into the role of the precocious, ambitious and self-centered six-year-old boy in Calvin and Hobbes!

Donald Trump (head pasted onto the boy Calvin of 'Calvin and Hobbes'): 'What do you think is the secret to happiness? Is it money, power or fame? *I'd* choose money. If you have enough money, you can *buy* power and fame. That way you'd have it all and be *really* happy! Happiness is being famous for your financial ability to indulge in every kind of excess.' Hobbes: 'I suppose that's *one* way to define it.' Trump: 'The part I think I'd like best is crushing people who get in my way.'(click to embiggen; from donaldandhobbes at imgur, via cheezburger)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:43am

Chris, I hope your challenges can be overcome and you rest and recuperate from whatever is the source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:08am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 3:04am

Oh! The whole country is becoming less white, more living below the poverty line, fewer living in the middle class, wealth concentrating in the "robber barons", government favors business and neglects needs of people and environment. 

Internationally, workers rise against exploitation and domination. 

In the U.S., all these variables exist because of monumental shifts of power and the inactivity of the comfortable middle class. We let power slip away and have not generated the energy to restore the nation to balance. 

I am in Spokane this week, and more businesses closed their doors. Even medical offices closed down. 

As in the 1930s, with a growth of fascism in Europe and Asia, the only flourishing businesses had to do with preparing for war. It took a war, mass killings, destruction of infrastructures, laying waste of farms, industry and decimation of families until people just wore out. 

Any of you old timers see the similarities today?

We have reached the time of revolt! It is not going to be pretty. 



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