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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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

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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 Loren Miller on May 28, 2018 at 6:53am

Douglass' words deserve to be repeated, Tom, to wit:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass

The thing is, I'm increasingly thinking that the problem will escalate to the point of a Second Civil War before it can be resolved ... and I sincerely hope that is NOT the case.

Comment by Chris on May 28, 2018 at 6:51am

Thanks for posting Ellisons report.

I heard him in an interview say that pay discrepency is as high as 45,000/1. One being the medium wage.

He also said the problem with that is the uber rich use the money they receive to invest in 'politics.' That of course undermines democracy.

Comment by Chris on May 28, 2018 at 6:40am

As income inequality grows so will the police state and fascisim.

I wonder why hollywood doesn't make movies about the uber wealthy like they did during the depression.

Maybe the media paid attention to the class devide with the all the attention of the 'royal wedding.'

Does anyone care about that other than the media, or girls that grew up with Disney cartoons about princesses.

One of the many reasons the U.S. faught a revolution was to rid government of monarchs.  Why do some still 'cherish/worship' the outdated institution?

Comment by Chris on May 28, 2018 at 6:31am

Keith Ellison knows what's going on economically and politically.  He's a hero. More should listen to what he has to say.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 1:49pm

Tom, when I worked with battered women or men, I had to say, "STOP" the violence before salvaging a relationship

They, the couple in trouble, didn't like that imperative, but there could be no assaults, emotional or physical, even as they learned conflict resolution, problem-solving, stress management, communication, and ego work. 

I wonder if the individual can be generalized to the whole? Probably not!

So, set legal structures to support the efforts of the social worker, or whoever guides them to a more healthy and civilized way of being. If we don't have laws to back us up, and if we don't have a  law-enforcement or a judicial system that who is trained to manage domestic violence, the work of the therapist becomes far more difficult and sometimes virtually impossible.

The community that works together has a far better chance of bringing about effective change. I worked with both law enforcement and the judicial system to prepare them for effective teamwork. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 27, 2018 at 12:24pm

Continuing, ...

Which will come first, the necessary political change or the violence?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 27, 2018 at 12:17pm

This growing income inequality is, IMO, why the government is supplying local police forces with military weapons. The wealthiest among us know they may have to defend their wealth.

America’s founders knew the poor would outnumber the wealthy and they wanted to protect property owners. To do this, they made, not a democracy, but an oligarchy.

Paraphrasing Frederick Douglass’ words about power, it’s only with struggle that the wealthy will give up their privileges.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 12:01pm

"Pay ratios of Fortune 500 companies range from 2:1 at the low end to nearly 5,000:1 at the high end. The average CEO to median worker pay ratio among all 225 companies is 339:1. For historical context, in 1965, the average CEO made 20 times the average worker.4"

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 11:51am

"Beginning in the late 1970s, income inequality in the United States began to spiral upwards. However, this inequality was not driven by falling wages at the bottom of the income distribution. In fact, incomes for most Americans have been stagnant for four decades. Instead, this increase in income inequality was almost entirely driven by soaring compensation levels for the top 1% of income earners. Because about two-thirds of the top 1% of American households are headed by corporate executives, examining CEO pay is one key to understanding the takeoff in income inequality in the United States."

~ Rewarding or Hoarding


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 11:46am

"Top income earners increasingly earn their income at the expense of everyone else. In the 1970s, the top 1% of families earned less than 10% of the total national income earned by all workers; today, their share is greater than 20%. Despite increases in worker productivity over the course of the last four decades, workers are simply not earning a larger share of the output they produce.1

~ Rewarding or Hoarding





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