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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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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Are Republicans quashing protest in order to establish a police state?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

A dangerous and disturbing trend:Republican lawmakers at the state level—often with the backing of police unions ... in at least 11 states ... have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend…Continue

Tags: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, police state, Republican Party, GOP

Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism


Started by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 5 hours ago. 18 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on November 21, 2016 at 12:01pm

I wish these two articles would have been printed well before the election. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 21, 2016 at 12:00pm

Don and all, Im of 2 minds with the essay on rural America. I grew up there, in an area that referred to itself as Forgotonia. It was the redist if the red states. I was immersed in reactionary John Bircher, antisemitic, anticommunist, antiblack, antifeminist, antigay - viciously with violence, scapegoating, and rumors of murder - Baptist Church subculture.  During my teenage years, and beyond, the few factories reduced or closed, the factory and farm economy worsened, and the young who escaped were a brain drain and a cultural drain. 

On retrospect, this wasnt an all-white town.  But there was kind of an iron curtain, with respect to race.  There was only one high school, and looking in the yearbook, there were black students, but not other races like Asian or Hispanic.

The whole life was kind of depressing.  I left not because of the rural white culture, because it's like being a fish and not seeing the water  I needed an education, and needed to make a living and have a purpose.  I wound up enlisting in the Army.

I was sent to boot camp in Louisiana.  Suddenly, in that time and place and that military unit, I was often the sole white pebble on a beach covered with brown and black pebbles.  The men supervising me, and around me, were almost all black with a few hispanic.  How did that effect me?  I was so clueless about other races, I just felt like "this is interesting", everyone was just normal, nice, obnoxious, good, bad, talented, dull, honest, dishonest, friendly, standoffish - and all in it together.

Probably as a result of military life in formative years, most of my adult relationships have been open across artificial racial lines.  That openness  enriched my life in innumerable ways.  No regrets.

Later, I went to Purdue University in Indiana.  I experienced bigotry there that opened my eyes to how "nice" white people think and behave.  When I graduated and left there, moving 2000 miles to a place I had never seen, this time it was a rejection of the bigoted, thick-minded culture that I experienced daily.  Interesting, my most durable friendships have been with people I met there - good, solid, thinking, caring, not bigoted in the least.

Which is a long way around to saying, I know whereof the writer writes.

But there is another side.  Trump also won counties and state that previously went to Obama.  Trump did better than expected among women, hispanics, and there was a smattering of black voters who voted for Trump or did not vote at all.  Why?  To me it's a question of leadership.  You dont denigrate people then expect their vote.  At best, you inspire, give people the opportunity  to be better.  You listen to their very real losses, fears, rejections.  You show them that you are worthy of their trust.  You lead.

Which to me was the democratic failure.  There is such a denigration of the rural and working class people, especially but not exclusively white men, that who in their right mind would expect a vote from them? 

It's true there is a frightening reactionary culture.  We are a divide nation, culturally and politically.  We need leadership to bring out the best in people, even if those people, or their culture, has oppressed and excluded others.  Not all can be reached.  Obama did it.  Clinton did not,

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 21, 2016 at 9:59am

Tom - They've put themselves beyond reach. Here's another fairly accurate take, imho:

Trump’s Win Was About Culture. Understand This.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 21, 2016 at 4:47am

Joan, when I first read Donald's post I had no time to read the article.

After reading your summary, I want to ask the writer if he intends to put rural America beyond the reach of communication.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:01am

Donald, I found this statement so clear, descriptive, and compelling I could feel for the writer. He uncomplicates so many things in his comment. Here are a few gems I gleaned from his writing. It is well worth one's time to read the entire comment.

"The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out.  They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because the don’t want to admit it is in large part because of choices they’ve made and horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe."

"The problem is they don’t understand themselves, the reasons for their anger/frustrations, and don’t seem to care to know why.

"In deep red, white America, the white Christian God is king, figuratively and literally.  Religious fundamentalism is what has shaped most of their belief systems.  Systems built on a fundamentalist framework are not conducive for introspection, questioning, learning, change.

"Religious fundamentalism is what has shaped most of their belief systems."

"The problem is rural America doesn’t understand itself and will NEVER listen to anyone outside their bubble.

"rural white Americans, whenever presented with any information that contradicts their entrenched beliefs, no matter how sound, how unquestionable, how obvious, they WILL NOT even entertain the possibility it might be true.

"Education is the enemy of fundamentalism because fundamentalism, by its very nature, is not built on facts.

"Learning is only valued up to the certain point.  Once it reaches the level where what you learn contradicts doctrine and fundamentalist arguments, it becomes dangerous.

"rural, Christian, white Americans are racists. I’m not talking about white hood wearing, cross burning, lynching racists (though some are.)  I’m talking about people who deep down in their heart of hearts truly believe they are superior because they are white.

"not only are we fighting against an anti-education belief system, we are arguing against God.

"Another major problem with closed-off, fundamentalist belief systems is they are very susceptible to propaganda.

"rural, Christian, white Americans will not listen to educated arguments, supported by facts that go against their fundamentalist belief systems from “outsiders,” any change must come from within.

"Rural, Christian, white Americans have let in anti-intellectual, anti-science, bigoted, racists into their system.

"even though they are the Chosen Ones, they are the ones being screwed by all the people and groups they believe they are superior to.  

"Gays being allowed to marry are a threat.  

Blacks protesting the killing of their unarmed friends and family are a threat.  

Hispanics doing the cheap labor on their farms are somehow viewed a threat.  

The black President is a threat.  

Two billion Muslims are a threat.  

The Chinese are a threat.  

Women wanting to be autonomous are a threat.

The college educated are a threat.

Godless scientists are a threat.

Everyone who isn’t just like them has been sold to them as a threat and they’ve bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on November 20, 2016 at 4:53pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 20, 2016 at 12:26pm

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and a coven of conservative cardinals are pressing Pope Francis to clarify the church's stance on divorce and LGBTs.
That's not particularly surprising or alarming, but the article quoted a speech made by Steve Bannon to the Vatican in 2014. This is alarming.

Burke, no friend of the pontiff, is as ultra-conservative as they get, once declaring that Catholics John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi should be denied Holy Communion for their pro-choice beliefs. And as president of the advisory board of the Human Dignity Institute, he was also in charge when none other than President-elect Donald Trump confidant and chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a speech at the Vatican in 2014, during which he warned the church to stick to its conservative ideals or face apocalyptic repercussions. “We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years,” Bannon said in his address.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 19, 2016 at 1:47am
What was Obama's face doing as he said it?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 18, 2016 at 10:21pm

Obama did say, "If Trump is successful the country is successful", and I had the same reaction as this.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 15, 2016 at 10:39am

I don't remember posting a Permian Extinction video.  Perhaps it was Joan.



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