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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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What is the purpose of life?

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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'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (Juliette Kayyem - CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 2. 5 Replies

It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed…Continue

Tags: Juliette Kayyem, CNN, tragedy, Puerto Rico, Donald Trump

Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 30. 1 Reply

[reposting from the group "Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture", which will be was cleared and closed October 1.]Trump, America's first white presidentSo writes…Continue

Tags: race, racism, systemic racism, endemic racism, class

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 4, 2017 at 9:12pm

It's something less than irony, but something more than self-fulfilling prophecy. The Republicans have pushed bullshit for years about the government being the enemy, and now they're going to make it true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2017 at 1:57am

Daniel, TV shows exist to be weapons of mass distraction. 

Grinning Cat, a perfect metaphor for US current affairs. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 4, 2017 at 1:20am

Man in the passenger cabin of an airliner: “These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?” His fellow passengers all have their hands raised approvingly.

(from the New Yorkervia Ben Taub on Twitter)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 1, 2017 at 9:37pm

Loren, I picked that up on Twitter. There's a hashtag urging the President or Congress or the Supreme Court or someone to #DisqualifyTrump, not let him serve even one day as president. (Also, #unPOTUS, #TinyFingeredPuppet, #NotMyPresident, #theResistance, and more. Maybe a more avid and aware Twitterer can clue me in about the most useful hashtags about this effort to deny the Denier-In-Chief / Kleptocrat-in-Chief / Bigot-in-Chief / Twit-in-Chief the Oval Office.)

Comment by Joseph P on January 1, 2017 at 7:13pm

Well, at least we're finally rid of McCrory.  The governor gets sworn in at midnight on January 1st over here.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 1, 2017 at 3:20pm

Joy-Ann Reid with a hopeful message from The Daily Beast

NOT NORMAL
A-List’s Trump Snub Hits Him Where It Hurts
Ultimately, denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural approval they crave is an important statement.

Ultimately, denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural cosign they crave is an important statement. It does what so far, the collective media have been unable or unwilling to do: rejecting the normalization of the utterly abnormal. It tells not just the country, but the world, that Trumpism may have a hold on our politics, but it doesn’t have a hold on us. America’s ascendant majority will not so easily slink off into that good night, and will not quietly ingest what Trump has foisted on the electorate. 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2017 at 8:59am

Ba-da-bing, GC!

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 31, 2016 at 5:07pm

PROOF PIGS DO FLY (Trump jet)

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 11:34am

This article was in NY Times today.  It shows maps of the country based on what TV shows are popular, where.  To be honest, I haven't heard of most of those TV shows.  I don't watch.

The interesting point is, it shows once again, how divided the country is culturally.  People watch the shows that appeal to their mindset and values, and experiences, and culture.  Instead of living in one country, we live in a crazy quilt of cultures.

Of course, we all knew that.

Politically, that means that progressive politicians need to address the needs, concerns, values, of people in many different cultures within the whole country.  Big Tent Democrats.  If we are to learn a lesson from our failures, it is that.  More fundraising in the echo chambers of the West Coast and Northeast will not win elections, will not win congress and the senate.  That does not mean progressives have to give up their values and aspirations, but rather that we need to not only tolerate, but encourage, voices of difference across the nation that in different ways improve life for ordinary people.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2016 at 6:42pm

Bertold, an excellent essay by Moyers. With the many shifts taking place in our society at this time, with all the hate and disrespect for others, the assumptions of entitlement, we hold the memory of what could have been. 

"We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history."

 
 
 

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