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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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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2015 at 5:09pm

Tom - Pierce is the author of Idiot America. You wouldn't like him. He has a sense of humor.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 4, 2015 at 12:12am

Bert:

...humans construct laws—and, therefore, governments—to keep both the lone wolf and the pack at bay.

Pierce's elaborately reasoned explanation differs importantly from that of America's founders who actually made law and constructed a government.

They said the purpose of laws and government is to protect property.

Consider also Pierce's claim that Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Robert Dear both represent those parts of us that are kept at bay by the law and by government:

Laws and governments have for millenia been failing, and our law and government failed to keep Abaaoud and Dear at bay.

And Pierce's humans are not by nature social?

Who is Pierce?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2015 at 1:54pm

Regarding the recent shootings in San Bernadino and others before it, I think the Daily News has a cogent thought on the subject:

Click on the above to enlarge.

Is it even remotely possible that people can quit wringing hands or bowing heads in useless religious gestures and actually DO SOMETHING about these tragedies???

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 3, 2015 at 6:49am

Charles Pierce in Esquire politics:

The Human Impulse to Live Beyond the Law
A few words on violence, and politics that no longer understand people.

The problem in our politics, I think, and certainly the problem of the connection between violent rhetoric and violent action, which is real and growing, lies in the fact that the people who run campaigns—and, increasingly, the people on whose behalf those campaigns are run—construct them along a consumer model and as branding exercises aimed at faceless target audiences. For all the stories of real people that we hear from the stump, the people who organize and run our politics have grown so distant from the actual human beings they seek to represent that many of them have forgotten human nature entirely in their attempts to capitalize on those aspects of it that will close the deal for them at the polls. They have forgotten that humans are not by nature social, and that humans construct laws—and, therefore, governments—to keep both the lone wolf and the pack at bay. Once you've forgotten that, you can appeal to the worst instincts of both and walk away from the consequences.

Alienation is too easy an answer. It is an academic's answer. Simply, our politics don't understand people anymore. The people practicing our politics have decided quite clearly that they don't have to understand people, at least not that deeply, anyway. Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Robert Dear both represent those parts of us that are kept at bay by the law and by government and, therefore, they both represent those parts of us that resent the law for doing so. The call of the lone wolf and the call of the pack are in harmony within them, their ancient howls blending together now, riding on a cold, dead winter's wind, searching for too-eager ears.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 28, 2015 at 12:49pm

The Perfect Republican Stump Speech, as given by an imaginary candidate pandering to majority Republican opinions, with copious footnotes, by Barton Swaim: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/stump-speech/

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 1:03pm

Conservative Christian "logic", as drawn XKCD-style by Andy McClure. (Click to enlarge.)

Meanwhile, in America... “I’m terrified of Muslims. I don’t want Sharia law in America.” “OK. Let’s avoid that by separating church and state.” “Nope. I believe in Jesus. I want this country to be more Christian.” “OK. Here are some refugees who need help.” “Nope. Not helping refugees while we still have homeless kids and veterans here.” “OK. Here’s a bill to help vets.” “Nope. I don’t want to raise taxes.” “OK. What about homeless kids?” “Nope. Their parents are just lazy and want handouts. They shouldn’t have had kids if they can’t afford kids.” “OK. Let’s fund Planned Parenthood to help people plan their parenthood.” “Nope. Some of that money might go for an abortion. I’m PRO LIFE.” “OK. Let’s give everyone easier access to health care to improve and extend their lives.” “Nope. That’s SOCIALISM. I believe in the Constitution. Not dirty, dirty SOCIALISM.” “OK. At least we can agree on that. I especially like how the constitution gives everyone freedom of (AND FROM) religion.” “YES! Freedom of religion! Except Muslims. I’m terrified of Muslims.”(via Friendly Atheist: "This is Conservative Christian Logic in a Nutshell")

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 2, 2015 at 9:34am

“I thought you said there was a bunch of trick or treaters dressed as Donald Trump?” (Man at his front door calling back into the house, as he’s giving candy to a line of kids costumed as a clown, a pig, Fred Flintstone the caveman, a chimpanzee, Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly, and a jester.)(click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2015 at 9:58am

(Two Republicans, portrayed as anthropomorphized elephants, after watching the Democratic presidential debate) “No racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, insults, personal attacks, or denial of science...” “Boring!”

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2015 at 9:57am

(Six men in suits at a table with microphones. Sign in background: “Republican BENGHAZI Probe”) “Hillary’s polls are down. These ‘hearings’ are working!...” “Uh-oh, Bernie Sanders’ polls are up...” (Second frame: all six smiling with a revised sign behind them: “Republican BERNghazi Probe”)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 3, 2015 at 2:12pm

The answer is simple, Bertold:

The Republican would dither so badly about the supposedly "impossible" decision that both would be lost ... whereupon he would blame the Democrats.

 
 
 

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