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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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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo Dec 1. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on October 5, 2016 at 3:01pm
You're right, Joan, It sounds like Bernie and not like the Democratic establishment.
Government of, by, and for the people sounds little like government of, by, and for investors.
Still, Jill Stein is all ego and doing little if anything to build a Green Party, and Libertarians are ideologues. I will vote for Hillary.
Do you think enough Americans want democracy to work for it?
If so, those who live in the 32 states without the direct initiative can set out to get it.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2016 at 2:25pm

The Republicans developed a successful plan in the "Southern Strategy". 

There is no reason we cannot develop a citizens' strategy that is inclusive, democratic, fair, just, and attractive to other voters. 

"This is a party that includes black, white, rich, poor, male, female, GLBTQ, young, old, " or something to that effect. 

"We support democracy, a "Government of the people, by the people, for the people." - Abraham Lincoln  

Focus on job creation, living wages, pro-union, lowering private debt, universal health coverage, ...

Jeez, that sounds like Bernie!

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2016 at 1:34pm

Voter registration deadlines are coming up quickly, as soon as this Sunday in some states (if that applies to you, make sure you and your friends are registered this week!)

According to this graphic, only 11 states offer same-day registration on Election Day, and North Dakota doesn't require voter registration. In the other 38, you have to register in advance:

(click to enlarge)

A couple of the groups helping to get people informed and registered:

https://www.rockthevote.com/

http://www.voteriders.org/

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 4, 2016 at 11:18pm

A woman who supports [Pence], ... , is voting against her own interest.

She may be a masochist without a human sadist.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 4, 2016 at 4:56pm
Aren't all trump supporters weasels and liars? My gdaughters orthodontist is not a fan. Which I found strange considering the waiting room is filled with bibles. Dr B told me he couldn't believe how many of his friends were going to vote trump. I can't believe my dentist and his staff are supporters. I wouldnt expect (otherwise) well informed people to fall for this crap. It's scary.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2016 at 8:01am

He's also a weasel who never directly answers hard questions.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 4, 2016 at 8:00am

Let us also note that Pence is an unrepentant pro-lifer who wants to eliminate access to abortion and completely defund Planned Parenthood.  A woman who supports him, never mind Drumpf, is voting against her own interest.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2016 at 7:48am

Per David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, NYT:

Donald Trump has made blatant the party’s current problem with lying. But Trump is more of a reflection of the problem than the cause of it. Remarkably, every Republican presidential candidate this year was untruthful more often than every Democratic candidate, according to the watchdog PolitiFact (which was trying so hard to be neutral that it didn’t point out the pattern!).
Keep an eye out for the truth gap at tonight’s vice-presidential debate. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, is a likeable, often sunny conservative, according to those who know him. He is the kind of politician who could make the real conservative arguments I wish we heard more often.
Instead, he is prone to falsehoods.
He’s called Trump’s back-and-forth immigration positions “completely consistent.” He claimed that raising income taxes reduced federal revenue. He said that President Obama’s health law would “deprive roughly 120 million Americans of their current health care coverage.” And Pence lied about Hillary Clinton’s actions during the Benghazi attacks.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 2, 2016 at 1:42pm

Trump's anger won the support of the people the Republican establishment had been exploiting for decades: their own base.

Sanders' anger won the support of the people the Democratic establishment had been exploiting. Happily there were fewer of them.

And it is about arousing the lizard brain, which is why the GOP and its base want to limit education.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 2, 2016 at 11:35am

Loren, it's all about the amygdala.   There must be 20 news reports about Cheeto Jesus, compared to one about the Hillster.

It doesn't have to make sense.  Just arouse that primordial lizard brain.

 

 
 
 

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