Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Welfare? Who pays into the pot more than they get out? Who takes out more ?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

Welfare? Who benefits? Who pays? “Residents of “blue” states send more tax money to Washington than they get back in federal help, while residents of “red” states send less money to Washington than they get back in federal help.”  For  every tax…Continue

Tags: Reich, Robert, spending, taxes, welfare

Democrat vs. Republican

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 2 Replies

The central U.S. opened like a fissure, threatening a volcanic eruption spewing out hate clothed in white supremacist ideology, spreading its deadly gases over the land. Officials tossed out legitimate voter registrations, closed down voting places,…Continue

Trump capitalizes on the tensions of the declining middle class

Started by Joan Denoo Oct 31. 0 Replies

Germany, after WW I, economically devastated, and overwhelmed by the Versailles treaty, was forced to pay incredibly heavy reparations to France and Great Britain. The political strains and conflicts made Germany particularly vulnerable. They built…Continue

Tags: exploit, manipulate, dominate, class, middle

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 11:09am

Trump Administration Is Not-So-Subtly Christianizing Foreign Policy and Aid

Under previous administrations, the U.S. government—particularly foreign aid and arms—did not directly intervene to promote the narrative of global Christian victimhood.


  • While much of the religious liberty oxygen has been absorbed by Jeff Sessions’ announcement of a Religious Liberty Task Force at the Dept. of Justice, the State Department celebrated the launch of its own Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, an effort that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed as a way to “discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.”
  • Given the Trump Administration’s recent actions on defining religious freedom, it’s probably laughable to think that Pompeo meant that the United States was embracing pluralism as a pillar of its foreign policy. Instead, it’s probably more appropriate to think of this latest rollout as an extension of the administration’s narrative—driven in large part by Vice President Mike Pence—that religious freedom is for (and religious persecution is only committed against) Christians.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 10:38pm

Star Trek, like Cinderella and Superman, exist in the imaginations of dreamers; reality will never catch up with mythology. I wish. 

Given that reality has scoundrels, thieves, manipulators, and exploiters, Caveat hominem! I think I have chosen my Latin word correctly. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 9:36pm

The problem with the Star Trek economy is that it presumes we've all matured past our greedier selves and are all of us willing to contribute our fair share to society.  Yeah, right ... and pigs fly, and I'm a concert pianist to match Horacio Gutierrez [don't I fucking wish!].  There will always be someone who figures he can get away with it, and will work some scheme to accomplish that end.  Whether someone can do that or not in the age of Captain James T. Kirk or Captain Jean-Luc Picard or not, I don't know, but with the current situation as preamble, I am not hopeful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 9:14pm

I think about the economy of the Star Trek population and wonder how they decide what is work, and who does the work, and how do they decide who does the work, and what are the criteria for work well done? Maybe, if we figure all that out, Grinning Cat, we will be able to replicate the strategy. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 11, 2018 at 9:06pm

Maybe it's time to simply evolve beyond a money economy already! (As enlightened worlds in some SF universes have done. I remember how money, and religion for that matter, were simply not issues in the world of Star Trek that I watched as a kid.)

Anyone have pointers to details about how a "Resource-Based Economy", that's been mentioned here on AN before, might work? Or to other ideas?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 3:37pm

Well, let us think about this for a minute. The stats reveal that childbearing age women in the U.S. have few children than their mothers and foremothers. Fewer children mean fewer workers to feed into the Social Security $-pool. Fewer paying in means fewer retirement $ going into S.S., thus leaving the next generation with inadequate funds for their retirements. These dynamics mean the growing older population will be left with lower purchasing power and too old to pick their own berries. With fewer legal and illegal workers coming across the US-Mex. boarder means fewer workers to pick those lovely strawberries we all love so much. Fewer pickers = fewer crops to market = higher costs in a market with fewer $ available to spend on delicious strawberries.

Conclusion, Trump causes the strawberry shortage!!! How could there be a more evil man that? 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 12:13pm

Ingraham is yet another scared little white girl who can't stand the idea of living in a multi-ethnic society.  She has my permission to get over herself, and the sooner, the better.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 11, 2018 at 12:10pm

Thanks for the links, Grinning Cat. This administration's Fascism has become overt.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 11, 2018 at 12:06pm

Laura Ingraham speaking on "the left's effort to remake America" ("massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people"; find it on YouTube if you must) dovetails perfectly with Trump's new proposal to limit green cards and citizenship, affecting over 20 million legal immigrants by denying permanent residency or citizenship if an immigrant or their children have ever used social services such as Obamacare subsidies or children's health insurance programs. The proposal would be a regulation that won't require congressional approval, but presumably could be struck down by a congressional resolution of disapproval if enough Republican congresscritters put country before party.

[Laura Ingraham, represented with “Trump Nazi”/white supremacist earrings, pendant, and armband, with an actual statement of hers from her Fox News Channel show The Angle, August 8, 2018] “...The America WE know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES have been FOISTED on the American people. They’re changes none of US ever voted for, and most of US don’t like.” [Chyron with Fox-like “Trump Television” logo: “DEAR LEADER PLANNING TO BLOCK *LEGAL* IMMIGRANTS FROM BECOMING CITIZENS IF THEY OR THEIR *FAMILY MEMBERS* HAVE RECEIVED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE--INCLUDING OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES” / “WHITE ETHNOSTATE PROJECT SUCCEEDING”]

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2018 at 10:48pm


My recollection is that the $500 calculation works for registered voters. It should be pretty easy.




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