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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 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

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 18 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 1:40pm
Not at all, Daniel; I'm implying that people tell the lie "our democracy" and asking who in pluperfect hell atarted it.
Comment by Daniel W on January 30, 2017 at 12:09pm

Tom, are you saying that because the history of the USA does not meet the ideal of democracy and has often been more like oligarchy, that we shouldn't bother?

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 10:46am
Who in pluperfect hell upgraded the US from Alexander Hamilton's plutocratic oligarchy to democracy?

What better describes a government of what Hamilton said were "the rich and well born"?
Comment by Daniel W on January 30, 2017 at 10:12am

US Downgraded from full democracy to flawed democracy. Via 'The Economist" - too expensive for me to read directly except at the library.

Our ranking falls between Japan and the Republic of Cabo Verte.    The ratings show a long term trend, not just the ascendancy of His magnificence, Caligula II.  The ratings are based on "measures of the electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture."

One thing I like about the article is that the author goes beyond "the end is near", and proposes a path to improvement:  Resistance, Solidarity, Embrace movements that fight to remove big money from, and restore ethics to, government, Defend voting rights, make it easier to vote, Reform media to sustain a truly free press.  I would add, Inclusion - for all, not solely those who fall into complex categories of privilege - lor lack thereof - based on painful parsing of their identity traits.

Resistance, solidarity, money, ethics, voting, press.

I support writing to legislators, congressional reps, senators, and informing all contacts with political parties that without total reform, they have no support from me regardless of their political persuasion.  Our politicians are corporate poodles, addicted to their big money, and only strong tactics will bring about change and credibility.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2017 at 10:04am

I got a poser for Conway: all sorts of people over on Fox were critical of Obama, yet neither he nor anyone on his staff called for the ousting of any of their personnel.  Why should Drumpf get any more slack than Barry did?

Sauce for the goose, Kellyanne...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2017 at 9:55am

And meanwhile Propaganda Minister Kellyanne Konjob says reporters who are critical of Trump should be fired.

‘Who is Cleaning House?’ Kellyanne Conway Wants Media Outlets to Fire People Critical of Trump

[Mediaite]

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2017 at 9:49am

Oh, man!  Bertold, do YOU wanna tell the ACLU about that dipshit or shall I? [groan!]

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 9:48am
If the Denver airport is privately owned what are the Denver police doing there?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2017 at 9:41am

Denver police to protesters: ‘Stop doing anything that could be construed as free speech’


[Raw Story]

Protesters at the Denver airport over the weekend were told by police that it was illegal to exercise “free speech without a permit.”

Denverite reported that over 200 people gathered at the Denver International Airport on Friday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

In video posted to YouTube, Police Commander Tony Lopez can be seen advising demonstrators that they are in violation of the law.

“Stop doing anything that could be construed as free speech without a permit,” he explains.

Lopez warns in the video, which lacks context, that even carrying a copy of the U.S. Constitution was prohibited in the airport.

“I cannot carry the Constitution without a permit?” one protester asks.

“Correct,” the officer replies.

Watch the video below via YouTube.

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 10:15am

typo - should be "...without allowing me to interrupt..."

 
 
 

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