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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

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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

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Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

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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

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2015 at 7:23pm
Comment by tom sarbeck on September 11, 2015 at 3:54pm

As Illing says, infantilized conservativism exists. It also isn't new.

In 1974 I walked my Arizona legislative district seeking votes in the September primary election. I was using a voters list and knew the party affiliations of the people I spoke with.

Though the governor was a Repub and Repubs were the majority in both houses of the state legislature, almost every Repub voter I spoke with whined about how awful things were.

In contrast, almost every Dem I spoke with was optimistic and fun to talk with.

The infantilism wasn't new then. I don't know how else to explain the 1960s efforts by far right conservative Repubs, not to talk with and persuade the party's moderates, but to expel them. They wanted ideological  purity and they succeeded.

To replace the voters the Party lost, the far right recruited the racist southern Dems (aka Dixiecrats) who had opposed the civil rights legislation then pending in Congress.

Heather Cox Richardson's history of the Party since its formation in the 1850s explains the inanity but doesn't call it infantilism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2015 at 8:55am

Sean Illing wrote an article in Slate examining Trump's success. The title pretty much sums it up: 

The terrifying reason Donald Trump is winning: The infantilized conservative base wants rage, not ideas

 

Here's my suggestion to Donald for his campaign song:

https://youtu.be/FN7r0Rr1Qyc

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2015 at 10:52am

Great article regarding decline in religion, Bertold; thanks for posting it!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 9, 2015 at 10:48am

GC - don't get the vaccination. It will give you autism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 9, 2015 at 10:39am

"Have you come down with a case of Donald Trump lately?
... Donald Trump is a rare genetic condition that affects approximately one in seven billion people. While not fatal, the disorder does result in significant mental and emotional concerns that may hinder normal life quality.... Personality indicators associated with this condition include: Greed, Excessive bragging ... Delusions of presidency, Compulsive use of the word 'losers'."

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 31, 2015 at 6:26pm

NPR has an article and infographic discussing different US presidential candidates' sources of funding -- large vs. small donors. This doesn't include self-funding; Donald Trump and Lincoln Chafee have supplied the majority of their own campaigns' funds.

How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/28/435186527/cha...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2015 at 7:18am

Fortunately, most of these "morans" don't vote.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2015 at 11:23pm

IF YOU DON'T VOTE THEY GET TO CHOOSE YOUR GOVERNMENT [Tea Party protesters with signs 'GET A BRAIN! MORANS [sic]' and 'GO USA'

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2015 at 11:23am

Jerry Coyne, in one of today's Why Evolution Is True columns, disputed Ted Cruz's claim about a "war on christianity". He ended with this cheerful conclusion:

No, what really bothers these people is not a secular war on Christianity, but the second sense of “war”: the inexorable decline of faith as reason sets in and Americans put away their childish things. It’s well known that Christianity is declining in the U.S., and that has believers scared. As the Post reported in May, self-reported Christians are declining as the “nones” and unaffiliated increase, with Christians declining from 78% to 71% of Americans in just the last seven years. And it’s down from 86% in 1990. That’s a 10% decline since 2008 and a 17% decline since 1990. At this rate, there won’t be any Christians left at the end of the century!

A war on Christianity? I think not. What is hurting the faith is not attacks coming from the outside, but disenchantment on the inside, as believers simply walk away. Christianity, in other words, is suffering from a wasting disease.

 
 
 

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