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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Humanist Economics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago. 14 Replies

Consider excerpts from venture capitalist Nick Hanauer's 2018 Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year award speech.If … we accept a prosocial behavioral model that correctly describes human beings as uniquely cooperative and intuitively moral…Continue

Tags: economics, Nick Hanauer

"Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" Thanks to Patricia

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 15. 2 Replies

* That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine." * That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay." * That when you heard him…Continue

Tags: Adam-Troy, Castro, explanations, other, supporters

Being male, means

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 16. 13 Replies

No, Tom, being male is not a birth defect or a mental illness, it is too much testosterone put to use that harms others. Being male, meaning being a partner, one who uses his energy to protect, save, and empower others to make difficult and…Continue

Tags: compassionate, caring, participant, active, robust

Population growth is a threat to the world’s climate

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 8. 3 Replies

"A dampened population growth in the world would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term by 40 percent or more, according to a study in The Lancet from…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 16, 2018 at 11:14am

The two major US political parties are decidedly not the same...

A middle-aged male member of Congress, in suit and tie, hunched over, thinking, “This isn’t so bad... who needs a spine?” Caption: [Hey, MR. LEGISLATOR! What the heck happened to your SPINE?] “My spine?” [Yeah, didn’t Republicans once STAND for things?] “I... I don’t recall.” [Sure, you do! You guys used to stand for free trade, no? You LOATHED tariffs!] (bent over further) “Did we?” [And weren’t you FOR strong alliances and multilateral agreements...] [...and standing up to brutal regimes? I could’ve SWORN that was you!] (bent even further, head almost at knees) “Um...” [And weren’t you once AGAINST growing the deficit? Sure, you were!] [Heck, the deficit was top of list for YEARS!] [And executive overreach? Oh, how you HATED that one!] (continuing to bend, shirt starting to come out of his waistband, head at knees, thinking) “Uh-oh...” (Next frame: contorted with his head facing his ass, thinking) “I don’t like where this is headed...” [And what happened to mandates? They were YOUR idea!] [And the FBI? You were BFFs!] [Hey... where you going?] [HEY!]

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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”]




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