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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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 4 Replies

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

Started by Joan Denoo Dec 1. 0 Replies

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"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

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 Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 10:10am

A comment that has nothing to do with the orange vulgarian, for a change: :-)

“I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever’s making that decision to understand that once it’s pushed, it’s over. Finito. They’re not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won’t be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn’t just a dress rehearsal for something better--but the only shot we get.” --Quentin R. Bufogle

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:36am

Humongous is one of my favorite words also.  It makes me smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:35am

I didn't think about trump followers being in a cult, but it sounds like it could be.

Comment by Joseph P on October 22, 2016 at 9:31am

I dunno.  His faculties seem to mostly be intact, from what I've seen.  He's just narcissistic to the extreme, and he's had so much soft-handling on his show and in his business ventures that his perception of how the rest of the world responds to his more insane shit is a bit off.

Plus, on his TV show, his more disgusting behavior was trimmed by the editors, I'm sure.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 22, 2016 at 8:37am

Reading or hearing Trump's style makes me pause about my own speech. It also makes me wonder about whether there is mild demential or other neurological problem.  He latches onto a word, then repeats it several times in subsequent sentences.  And in subsequent speeches.  I remember my mother and grandmother doing that when their Alzheimers started.  The other place where those patterns can emerge is with cult leaders.  Trump's followers do have a cult-like mass hypnosis appearance.

When I hear so many superlatives and hyperbole, I find I like the opposite direction more, with subdued, understated speech.  The more he exaggerates, the less I trust.  Not that I have any trust in him, his style, his intentions, or any other aspect of Trump and Trumpism.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 22, 2016 at 6:31am

I find "humongous" more fun to say.

Trump? Why do so many people who may be insane have so much energy?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 21, 2016 at 1:04pm

I've actually stopped myself from saying the word "huge".  There are better words anyway.  The word "huge" has been overused for a generation,  but now has new negative significance, it means "Trump huge".

I also feel less trust for superlatives, especially catostrophic ones - "worst in history" - meant "I don't like it".  Or "terrible, awful, horrible" means "I don't like it". 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2016 at 12:58pm

Trump uses so many con-artist's words that it's astounding how anyone can trust him.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 21, 2016 at 8:56am

The LA Times ran an interesting article on Trump's use of language.

'Believe me': People say Trump's language is affecting political discourse 'bigly'

Perhaps not since Sarah Palin gave Americans her tossed-word salads has a candidate’s speech pattern been so debated, celebrated and mocked.

But Trump is more than just a free-style rambler. Experts say he employs a very deliberate, effective communications approach unlike any other presidential candidate in memory.

The Trumpisms — “Believe me,” “People say,” “Sad!” — have become so well known they are the subject of spoofs. But like a savvy salesman or break-through advertising campaign, Trump’s techniques carry a quiet power.

Here’s a breakdown of Trump-speak.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 19, 2016 at 3:14am

The tactic of setting the economically alienated against each other is the oldest and longest con in the playbook of American oligarchy.

Bert, Pierce's  words tell us the sympathies of those who refer to America as "our democracy".

 
 
 

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