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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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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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America - A Second-amendment Death Cult?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck 2 hours ago. 13 Replies

This is a column by the Rude Pundit, in which he compares the NRA to Aztec high priests demanding death sacrifices.His conclusion:If we…Continue

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Biblical Family Values (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jul 13. 7 Replies

One of the most absurd and self-contradictory phrases out in the ether these days is that of "Family Values," usually thrown about by christians who challenge those who would attempt to make changes to usages and practices which they feel were…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2013 at 5:17pm

Global Inequality Skyrockets: Report Says Top 1% Have Increased Wea...

"US has seen “the share of national income going to the top 1%... doubled since 1980 from 10 to 20%. 
"For the top 0.01% it has quadrupled to levels never seen before.” 
“Globally the incomes of the top 1% have increased 60% in twenty years. 
"The growth in income for the 0.01% has been even greater.”
"The financial crisis has only accelerated the process of the 1% gaining even greater wealth."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2013 at 1:17pm
Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2013 at 2:26am

Thanks for the link, Joan. I had already read parts of The Shock Doctrine, but it's a lesson that has to be repeated a few times...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2013 at 12:49am

Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented By Global Population Growth

" risk of problems created by over popluation grow unchecked. War, poverty, starvation, disease, inequality...the list goes on."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2013 at 12:27am

"Do you think that, if you were granted omnipotence and omniscience and millions of years in which to perfect your world, you could produce nothing better than the Ku Klux Klan or the Fascists?”

~ Bertrand Russell, "Why I am not a Christian."

Thanks to Madhukar kulkarni

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 11:40pm

Ingersoll disputes the account of creation in bible’s Genesis story; it  is "inconsistent with all known facts, and every star shining in the heavens testifies that its author was an uninspired barbarian.”

~ Robert Green Ingersoll, Why I Am Agnostic

The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 5:35pm

Chris, and those of you who don't want to read any more bad news, I understand; however, I urge you to put on your armor, gather those around you who can give you support, and take on this challenge. 

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

This video defines and describes Shock Doctrine and its implications for us, today. If we are to turn this into an opportunity to learn, we can know that chaos and panic yield us no freedom; we need clear thinking, calm recognitions of what is happening and why, and recognition that action with thought are the only ways to overcome the tyranny and terror being dealt out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 3:55pm

Ruth, try one of these. It is important we understand the meaning of this economic disaster because Latvia and Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and many other countries Agreed to the demands of USA and International Monetary Fund, all countries developed a rise in the poverty class and rise in wealth, rise in unemployment, and much of S. America turned to Socialist leaders in retaliation. The system doesn't work and these countries and others can prove it.

Latvia's Economic Disaster

The major difference between Latvia and those other countries, is the labor force of Latvia didn't dispute, picket, or organize resistance, they packed up their belongings and moved out of the country. As the Latvian Government claims austerity works, I wonder what they will do when they realize their working people are leaving quietly. 

Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story

"A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s."

Do read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" or watch

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2013 at 7:28pm

Phil, you give voice to my anguish, and I am sure, many others' as well. We shake our fists as we let out guttural sounds for the  wounded and dead,  "The irreversibly tragic circumstances that this nation's noxious, reality-defiant attitudes toward these tools of death (and death alone) have inflicted on their lives." 
Phil Rockstroh, Shortly after, twenty children were slain ·

Comment by Plinius on January 19, 2013 at 2:03am

It's horrible, Joan, at times I must make myself think of something else, because what happens is unbearable. The Israelis are as murderous as their god. I recommend that they retreat within the borders of 1921 and build a wall around it. I'll be ready to lock the entrance and throw away the key.

 
 
 

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