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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2013 at 12:24pm

Highlander Center

In 1968, working with the civil rights movement in Washington, DC, much of our organizational material came from Highlander and its fine group of people. Myles Horton inspired a lot of people and the music that came out of that place set the mood for peaceful resistance under the direction of Zilphia Horton, music director of the Highlander Folk School 
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks were trained there, as were the lunch counter sit-in people, Highlander's annual college workshop took place on the first weekend in April, with 83 students from twenty colleges attending the first year. 
https://www.facebook.com/highlander.center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Carawan#Career_at_Highlander_Center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Shall_Overcome
Pete Seeger, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62EOg3Io3_I

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on June 11, 2013 at 11:59pm

One problem found in multicultural societies is just that, separation from society by enclaves of same ethnicity, religious or cultural groups. These are often the breeding grounds of radicals and even terrorists.

Separation from society may be an individual option, but, when an entire group separates and define their own subculture, the main society can suffer. 

The ghettos are examples of these enclaves of subcultures and we know of the problems they face from history.

In Australia we have such enclaves and we are trying to disperse them so they blend better into the overall super-culture, reducing the risk of enclave based gang violence and cultural wars.

Finding people of common interest and beliefs is fine, so long as it doesn't become a divisive sub-culture. These small pictures need to blend unobtrusively into the bigger picture to produce a more variant but harmonious social fabric.

Britain is also having difficulties with the formation of Islamic enclaves and divisive right wing enclaves in the industrial regions.

Comment by Wazir on June 11, 2013 at 11:05pm

Very true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 9:58pm

Yes, separating from society is one option. Another might be to find people with common interests and imagine a preferred outcome. Working toward a goal, especially if others share that goal, is how evolution occurs. 

Comment by Wazir on June 11, 2013 at 9:52pm

I would say, purpose of life is to separate from society. 

Comment by Wazir on June 11, 2013 at 9:45pm

Individualism isn't a problem of state.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 9:08pm

There are two kinds of income, earned and unearned. Earned income is the labor it takes to make bread, build houses, and buildings, grow grains and beef and milk cows. The other is unearned income, the kind that money earns the income, not labor. Earned and unearned are taxed at different rates. After WWII, there was such a large need for labor, workers were able to demand high wages, especially for those who worked under union contracts. As the union busting began, labor started loosing ground. There was a sharp gap begin to develop in the late 1970s, and I watched it when I bought my first computer, put a statistical analysis program on it, and started keeping track. The gap was small in 1980, grew exponentially larger as the years past and we are now worse off then at the beginning of the Great Depression. The numbers prove my statement. 

Another thing that began to happen was sending jobs overseas to cheaper labor markets/slave markets. 

A third thing happened, unearned income began to be sent off-shore, thus escaping taxes altogether. 

A fourth thing was corporations being made a "person" thus gaining horrific power over our government. 

A fifth element was the working people mistook what is happening, blamed the poor for draining away money into social services, and blamed immigrants who were willing to work for less, not realizing that all these factors work against wage earners. The Tea Party reflects that misjudgment.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2013 at 11:36am

Two Congressmen insist the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee the right to vote -- and they've introduced a proposed amendment to fix this.

Mark Pocan, a representative from Wisconsin, has joined with Keith Ellison from Minnesota to introduce a new constitutional amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives that guarantees everyone 18 years and older the right to vote in elections. [...]

Pocan said he was inspired to support the amendment after a voter ID law effort in Wisconsin was defeated because of a “right to vote” clause in that state’s constitution.

“Even though the right to vote is the most mentioned right in the Constitution, legislatures across the country have been trying to deny that right to millions of Americans, including in my home state of Minnesota. It’s time we made it clear once and for all: every citizen in the United States has a fundamental right to vote,” Ellison said when the bill was introduced.

PolitiFact analyzed their assertion that there is no explicit right to vote in the Constitution, and found it True.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 12:36am

Medea Benjamin v. President Obama: CodePink Founder Disrupts Speech...

This woman has a voice that needs to be heard. 

"CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin describes why she repeatedly interrupted Obama’s address. Benjamin, the author of "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control," criticized Obama for failing to explain why a U.S. drone in Yemen killed the teenage U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki in 2011. "I was very disappointed. He said that his policy is to capture, not kill. That’s just not true. I know personally of many incidents where it would have been very easy to capture people, like the 16-year-old Tariq Aziz in Pakistan, who was in Islamabad at a well-known hotel, but instead was killed by a drone strike two days later," Benjamin says. "I think the president is really justifying the use of drones, which will continue to happen under his administration and be passed on to the next."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 12:25am

Memorial Day Special: U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return ...

It is my dream that mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, children and grandchildren stand with U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as they return their war medals at NATO Summit. 
To willingly send our loved ones off to a war such as USA wages now does our loved ones no honor, nor does it honor those who come home wounded or dead. We are at a new epic change in human history. We can no longer send our people armed with explosives and poisons in order to resolve a conflict. We are capable of so much more. There are other ways to solve problems.  

Homo sapiens will either grow into our new capacities, or destroy all that is precious and good in our species. 

 
 
 

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