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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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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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

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Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2016 at 11:30am

A general connection between U.S. politics, economics, and religion:[Republican Party ('GOP') elephant logo with crosses instead of stars] For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. Mark 4:25 [open Bible]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 6, 2016 at 6:20pm

Here's another great comment on the idiot and his book.


Comment by Joseph P on June 6, 2016 at 5:42pm

Oh, I missed when you first posted that, Bertold.  I only noticed it when I popped in to read these last two posts.  I'll go give that a read.  Thanks.

Comment by Joseph P on June 6, 2016 at 5:39pm

Steve Shives is currently reviewing a book that is arguing that the enlightenment was actually a bad thing, Cat.  They're definitely out there.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 6, 2016 at 7:12am

|    ...they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, ....

They and the GOP do have credulous sheep.

Who else has seen the three small ebooks titled Liars for Jesus? I have them and the lies xians tell amaze me.

If we had the money to put their lies on billboards, ....

Just dreaming...

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2016 at 12:22am

Back to general political commentary:

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell, which nicely illustrate what they're really out to "conserve":

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell: [outer to inner] Preserve Cultural Privilege / Preserve the Aristocracy / Repeal the New Deal / Repeal the Constitution / Repeal the Enlightenment

(h/t Ruth)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2016 at 9:06pm

Joseph  - if you're interested, Jerry Coyne posted an interview with the author, followed up by a rebuttal with Lawrence Krauss (a real friend of Christopher's) 


Comment by Joseph P on May 31, 2016 at 12:04am

That's even more preposterous than the usual shenanigans that they pull, Bertold.  We already have real articles that Hitchens wrote from his death-bed.

I'd say that it's ridiculous, since they're not fooling anyone, but they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, not anyone who would know better.  A lot of the religious sheep will accept the most ludicrous things without examination, as long as those things confirm what they want to be true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 6:42pm

Ruth, there isn't sound on the GIF with Trump & Sanders. Can you send me the URL for that video clip, please?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 5:29pm

Everyone here is probably familiar with the fact that religionists are trying -- in a move as absurd as all their marketing shenanigans but even more brazen than most -- to claim that Christopher Hitchens underwent a last-minute conversion to Christianity. This (it's only a) theory has been laid out in the execrable book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Athiest by Hitchen's (supposed) friend, Alabama Evangelist Larry Alex Taunton.

In an opinion piece on today's Guardian Website, Matthew

d'Ancona very neatly lays any such delusions to rest.

Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t

Entire article here.

This is his wrap-up:

It is tempting to write off this book as no more than an outburst of epic self-deception. But its craven purpose – to claim Hitchens posthumously for evangelical Christianity – is to defame a man who was a champion of the Enlightenment and an enemy of all systems of thought that elevate one caste (priestly, or otherwise) above the rest. It is a shoddy tactic in the culture wars that began in America but are spreading in battles over theocracy, identity and social uniformity.

Far from being the double agent of the author’s addled imagination, Hitchens incarnated the pluralism in which he believed so passionately, revelling in the contradictions that are the hallmark of the authentically modern self.

He had no religion, other than friendship. Laughable in itself, Taunton’s Judas kiss serves notice yet again that the literalists of all faiths respect absolutely no limits in pursuit of their higher cause.


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