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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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Widening Inequality Combined with Modest Growth

Started by Joan Denoo 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

"The author, Benjamin M. Friedman, argues that inequality, combined with only modest growth, can have grave moral consequences. History suggests that, in the past, a rising standard of living has promoted tolerance for others, commitment to economic…Continue

Tags: stagnation, democracy, autocracy, opportunity, intolerance

Are Republicans quashing protest in order to establish a police state?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Saturday. 2 Replies

A dangerous and disturbing trend:Republican lawmakers at the state level—often with the backing of police unions ... in at least 11 states ... have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend…Continue

Tags: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, police state, Republican Party, GOP

Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 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 on Thursday. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2015 at 11:23pm

IF YOU DON'T VOTE THEY GET TO CHOOSE YOUR GOVERNMENT [Tea Party protesters with signs 'GET A BRAIN! MORANS [sic]' and 'GO USA'

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2015 at 11:23am

Jerry Coyne, in one of today's Why Evolution Is True columns, disputed Ted Cruz's claim about a "war on christianity". He ended with this cheerful conclusion:

No, what really bothers these people is not a secular war on Christianity, but the second sense of “war”: the inexorable decline of faith as reason sets in and Americans put away their childish things. It’s well known that Christianity is declining in the U.S., and that has believers scared. As the Post reported in May, self-reported Christians are declining as the “nones” and unaffiliated increase, with Christians declining from 78% to 71% of Americans in just the last seven years. And it’s down from 86% in 1990. That’s a 10% decline since 2008 and a 17% decline since 1990. At this rate, there won’t be any Christians left at the end of the century!

A war on Christianity? I think not. What is hurting the faith is not attacks coming from the outside, but disenchantment on the inside, as believers simply walk away. Christianity, in other words, is suffering from a wasting disease.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 18, 2015 at 11:05pm

These guys (and the rest of us) are victims of the idiot who invited the fundamentalists to join the GOP: President Reagan.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 7:52pm

Agreed, Bertold. <sigh> Any one of them would sink us all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 18, 2015 at 5:41pm

Salon ran an excellent article titled 

These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, ...

A section follows:

Now let’s pause and consider the situation. Kelly is a political science graduate from a major Northeastern university, an attorney by trade with some 10 years of practice behind her, and a citizen of one the planet’s most developed countries. Speaking on satellite television (a technological wonder, whether we still recognize it or not, and no matter what we think of Fox News) in the twenty-first century, this sharp, degree-bearing professional American has just asked, with a straight face, a senator (who happens himself to be a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law) if he is receiving messages from a supernatural being. Yet no one in the audience broke into guffaws or even chuckled. And, of course, no one cried out with irate incredulity at the ludicrousness of the supposition implicit in the question (that an imaginary heavenly ogre could possibly be beaming instructions down to one of his earthling subjects). But since the supernatural being in question goes by the name of “God,” in the clown show that was the Republican debate, everyone – audience, MC, and the clowns themselves – simultaneously took leave of their senses and judged the matter at hand legit.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 12:31pm
Hansen’s idea to curb climate change:  “…As long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, people are going to keep burning them and going to find them, to dig them up wherever they can find them. …what we need to do is add a gradually rising fee to the fossil fuels, which you would collect from the fossil fuel companies at the source... And that money should be distributed to - all legal residents of the country. That way the person who does better than average in limiting his carbon footprint will make money, and it will be a big incentive for them to pay attention to their carbon footprint. It will be a big incentive for entrepreneurs to develop no carbon and low carbon energy sources and products. And the economic studies that have been done show that this actually stimulates the economy. So it doesn't cost anything.”

Dr. James Hansen gives his idea to curb climate change on Fareed Za...

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 15, 2015 at 9:53am

On another topic, The Onion observes that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resisted resolution for decades, even though hardliners on both sides agree on the solution in every detail:

Israel's Favored Solution: * Establish Strong Religious State * Seize Every Inch Of Land * Exercise Total Political Control * Bathe In Blood Of The Enemy * Eradicate Every Man, Woman, And Child On Other Side * Realize God's Will * Rejoice Upon Pushing Rivals' Corpses Into Sea * Claim Holy City Of Jerusalem For Selves / Palestine's Favored Solution: * Establish Strong Religious State * Seize Every Inch Of Land * Exercise Total Political Control * Bathe In Blood Of The Enemy * Eradicate Every Man, Woman, And Child On Other Side * Realize God's Will * Rejoice Upon Pushing Rivals' Corpses Into Sea * Claim Holy City Of Jerusalem For Selves

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2015 at 4:40pm

Trump might be a good Carter's Little Liver Pills salesman, but POTUS he is not. 

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 11, 2015 at 5:18am

I watched that 'debate'. I don't think they did themselves any favours with all that populist rhetoric being spoken. One would have been forgiven for thinking that Trump was applying to be a border guard rather than the President.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 11:38pm

Music to my ears, Rick Perry's "no longer paying his campaign staff and his funding is drying up". Let's see how many others survive the Repub. race. 

Rick Perry 

 
 
 

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