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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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Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism

GET READY FOR THE FIRST SHOCKS OF TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM Naomi Klein January 24 2017

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 4 hours ago. 10 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

Tracking the steady stream of lies coming from the Republican White House

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Washington Post has a fact-checking project tracking the statements tRump makes during his first 100 days in office. It turns out that our Republican…Continue

Tags: misleading statements, misleading, falsehoods, false statements, Trump Pinocchio

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 14, 2015 at 1:54pm

Speaking to similarities to robber barons, Joan, consider this Salon article.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and a Right-Wing Insurgency the GOP Can No ...

In 1860 southern slave owners were the wealthy 1% controlling the Democratic Party. Their agenda was to make the new western states pro-slavery, so they could import their "property" to extend their economic and political control over the entire US.

Northerners ... organized a new political party, the Republican Party, to stand firm against the expansion of slavery into the West.

..., Democrats harped on the idea that the Republicans were attacking the culture of traditional America.

Today the parties have swapped sides, but the pattern is the same. Once again, political leaders have for years used  inflammatory rhetoric to bolster a system that  favors the very wealthy. Once again, their rhetoric has created an insurgency that they cannot control.

<sigh>, I haven't captured the irony of the party propaganda reversal.

And, Trump similarity to Calvin & Hobbes via cheezburger

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 14, 2015 at 1:40pm

It's scary how seamlessly Donald Trump fits into the role of the precocious, ambitious and self-centered six-year-old boy in Calvin and Hobbes!

Donald Trump (head pasted onto the boy Calvin of 'Calvin and Hobbes'): 'What do you think is the secret to happiness? Is it money, power or fame? *I'd* choose money. If you have enough money, you can *buy* power and fame. That way you'd have it all and be *really* happy! Happiness is being famous for your financial ability to indulge in every kind of excess.' Hobbes: 'I suppose that's *one* way to define it.' Trump: 'The part I think I'd like best is crushing people who get in my way.'(click to embiggen; from donaldandhobbes at imgur, via cheezburger)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:43am

Chris, I hope your challenges can be overcome and you rest and recuperate from whatever is the source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:08am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 3:04am

Oh! The whole country is becoming less white, more living below the poverty line, fewer living in the middle class, wealth concentrating in the "robber barons", government favors business and neglects needs of people and environment. 

Internationally, workers rise against exploitation and domination. 

In the U.S., all these variables exist because of monumental shifts of power and the inactivity of the comfortable middle class. We let power slip away and have not generated the energy to restore the nation to balance. 

I am in Spokane this week, and more businesses closed their doors. Even medical offices closed down. 

As in the 1930s, with a growth of fascism in Europe and Asia, the only flourishing businesses had to do with preparing for war. It took a war, mass killings, destruction of infrastructures, laying waste of farms, industry and decimation of families until people just wore out. 

Any of you old timers see the similarities today?

We have reached the time of revolt! It is not going to be pretty. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 1:01pm

Some 200 years ago xtians promoted schooling - and I know the limits of that from my fundy childhood - but how did the xtian ideals degenerate to Trump c.s? Staggering!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 9, 2015 at 11:25am

Sadly, Chris, because America has ignorant, uninformed jingoists who can't imagine the US as being anything other than a white-bread christian country where they're at the head of the line and everyone else is nowhere to be seen.  These people not only have no idea about diversity, they don't want to know, and they'll fight anyone who attempts to inform them.

These people are purposefully ignorant and determined to remain so.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 11:21am

I can't think why you Americans put up with a horror like that. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 9, 2015 at 9:45am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:46pm

Today the NY Daily News trolled the vehement critics of last week's "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" headline:

To all those who have been offended by hearing the truth about our nation's gun scourge & the NRA & cowardly pols who think nothing's wrong: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME (Oh, & Bam sez we will 'destroy ISIS' -- feel better now?) [NY Daily News cover, Monday, December 7, 2015, against a blue sky and plenty of cute animals, complete with a row of puppies at the bottom](click to enlarge)

 
 
 

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