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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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A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 14 hours ago. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

Tags: Trump, Donald, immigration, American Humanist

Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 3, 2018 at 1:40pm

Bert, who is Gary Lachman and why is he putting the blame for the postmodernists’ cynical (powerless) nihilism on deconstruction—the act of careful (powerful) reading?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 3, 2018 at 11:25am
Building on what you said, Loren--

". . . postmodernism and related schools like deconstructionism prepared the ground for the epistemological skepticism pervading Western consciousness today, which Trump both abets and profits by. Rarified notions of a pliant, flexible, relative “truth” trickled down from the metaphysical heights, and infected the popular mind with what the philosopher Paul Ricoeur called the “hermeneutics of suspicion,” a kind of cynical nihilism that we take for granted as part of everyday life, and which Nietzsche more than a century ago predicted was on its way. Hence our conspiracy-ridden world, to which Trump himself contributes."

~Gary Lachman

~Gary Lachman
Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2018 at 9:38am

I knew I wouldn't likely be able to stick with ABC News' This Week when I saw Newt Gingrich on the round table discussion, and when very nearly the first words out of his mouth were, "Where is the collusion?" I just turned him off.

In a post-factual world, anything may be possible, but most of it ain't good.

Comment by Chris on June 2, 2018 at 7:33pm

If I may,

There was a children's  story about Toad Hall - back in the otts and teens perhapse into the 1920's I understand.  It was a fun cartoon to read.

The Wind in the Willows may  kick some some memory into

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 2, 2018 at 1:50am

Frederick Douglass could have said about wealth what he said about power. He would have replaced one more word.

Wealth concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of the wealthy are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 12:20am

The financial pinches harm individuals, families, and our nation. The pinches will continue until and unless the public refuses to acquiesce to the disgraceful ending of policies designed to protect working people. Just as Loren noted in the quote from Douglass, "Power concedes nothing without a demand."

A revolution? A civil war? An economic boycott? We have had all these events in our history and will undoubtedly go through a repeat of past ways of resisting. A revolution and civil war leave dead and wounded scattered all over the nation, infrastructure destroyed, and generations of recovery. 

The resistance that targets the causes of imbalance and systemic injustices can initiate needed changes. Some resistances of the past include the "sit-ins," "boycotts," "strikes," "coalitions," "clandestine newspapers," and "assistance to those harmed by the government policies."

Any action to counter the propaganda issued by those who manipulate and exploit the public, especially when based on facts, offer powerful tools of resistance. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2018 at 11:55pm

The manipulation of markets becomes obvious, no longer hidden from public view. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2018 at 5:19am

The toady-ism should be obvious: the unwillingness on the part of the GOP Congress to hold Trump in check and stand against his abuses of power.  The whole point of three branches of government is "checks-and-balances," but it isn't going to work if McConnell & Co. just let Donnie go on his merry way.

Comment by Chris on May 30, 2018 at 7:16pm

Loren what do you mean by Toady-ism?

As we all know swamps are polluted.  Salamaners and other freshwater creatures are sufficating.

Comment by Chris on May 28, 2018 at 7:31am

Loren

"The thing is, I'm increasingly thinking that the problem will escalate to the point of a Second Civil War before it can be resolved ... and I sincerely hope that is NOT the case."

It may end up looking more like the French revolution than a civil war.

 
 
 

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