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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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We Will Not Stand for Trump (Keith Olbermann)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

The title of this group is, "Politics, Economics, and Religion."  To that trio I would like to add a fourth element which has become more significant in recent days: Sports.  An odd addition?  I don't think so.  Ever since Colin Kaepernick first…Continue

Tags: protest, National Football League, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Keith Olbermann

Same Sex Marriage

Started by Vangelis. Last reply by Patricia on Sunday. 4 Replies

In Australia, we are currently voting on the question of same sex marriage (yes, we are a little behind the rest of the modern world). The reason I raise it on this forum is because this political/ethical question is typically divided along…Continue

The Profit Motive and the Election Motive Intersect.

Started by tom sarbeck Sep 12. 0 Replies

Who has not heard the term 'profit motive'?'Election motive' may be a neologism, a newly-coined word.The former moves capitalists; the latter moves politicians.The SCOTUS in the 1970s held that money is speech. In 2010 SCOTUS held that corporations…Continue

Tags: money, speech, corruption, SCOTUS, politicians

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 3 Replies

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You"Big money will pull out all the stops to sell you a tax plan that exclusively benefits the wealthy. Don’t buy…Continue

Tags: TV, economy., just, and, newspaper

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Comment by Joseph P on December 17, 2016 at 10:09pm

You have to differentiate between Trump devotees and voters.  The devotees might have been voting rationally, for a given value of rational.  They know that they hate immigrants and minorities, and Trump is extremely anti-immigration ... or at least he was during the campaign.  They knew what they wanted.

Heh heh heh heh heh.  You could be onto something there, about Ken Burns, if he capitalizes on it.  After all, Joe the Plumber benefited greatly from his sudden bit of fame.  I don't know that Ken Burns is doing anything with his 15 minutes, but he possibly could, if he was so inclined.

I just meant his prior income level, before he was splashed all over the news and social media.

After all, I've seen sexy-Ken-Burns Halloween costumes, as scary as that is.  So, clearly people noticed.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 17, 2016 at 10:05pm
Ruth, you used to believe...?

Who did not once believe what they'd been told? Welcome to the club.

Now, can you avoid the trap of cynicism?
Comment by tom sarbeck on December 17, 2016 at 9:58pm
Add this: Burns' documentary on Trump will interest viewers worldwide.
Comment by tom sarbeck on December 17, 2016 at 9:55pm
Did Trump's devotees vote rationally?

I figured they were so angry at their exploitation for thirty-plus years by the GOP Establishment that rationality had no part in anything they did.

As for Ken Burns' financial advantage, Trump's win will furnish Burns with material for a documentary as popular as the best of his others.
Comment by Joseph P on December 17, 2016 at 9:26pm

Err, when I say that conservatives have an edge, I mean that they tend to be much lower-information voters.  Christ, that was a horrible way to put it.

Comment by Joseph P on December 17, 2016 at 9:21pm

Yeah, most voters on either side are fairly low-information voters, but I think conservatives have an edge.  Anyone who thought that Trump was going to be a populist president, even though he ran a populist campaign, wasn't paying attention.

The signs were there, long before the election.  He's going to put his financial interests into a blind trust ... by having his children run his company ... his children who are being included in his meetings with foreign leaders.  And refusing to release his tax returns was a BIG red flag.  That and his rallies looked like fascism in action.

I just don't get it how anyone expecting him to govern in a manner that would be in their financial interests could be fooled.  Sure, anyone making more than a million dollars a year ... but anyone else, not so much.

Ken Burns said that voting for Trump would be to his financial advantage, but I doubt his analysis of the situation.  I want to know how much he makes per year.  I think that Ken was badly mistaken.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2016 at 8:44pm

It's probably unfair to most GOP voters, who still think we live in an actual democracy and buy the populist propaganda. I used to believe what I'd been told by political authorities, even religious ones, when I was under 20. I'm sure a lot of well meaning, clueless, bigots don't grasp that they've ushered in a US Nazi reality.

I'd not have posted something so nasty were I not so outraged by what the GOP has done. This virulence is symptomatic of my mental state, my overwhelming disgust.

Comment by Daniel W on December 17, 2016 at 6:40pm

Ruth, oh my!  That's not flattering, is it?  :-)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2016 at 6:23pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2016 at 2:44pm

Daniel, love the video, thanks.

 
 
 

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