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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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 8. 6 Replies

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin — apparently…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 3:26pm

Great Famine FAMINE, IRELAND [1845–1849] WRITTEN BY: Joel Mokyr

"Great Famine, also called Irish Potato Famine, Great Irish Famine, or Famine of 1845–49, famine that occurred in Ireland in 1845–49 when the potato crop failed in successive years."

"Scientists have long known that it was a strain of Phytophthora infestans (or P. infestans) that caused the widespread devastation of potato crops in Ireland and northern Europe beginning in 1845, leading to the Irish Potato Famine."

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved BY BARBARA MARANZANI ....

NO! The Great Irish Famine was not caused by the potato blight. The above articles explain why the blight occurred. 

The True cause of the Great Irish Famine was greed. Pure and Simple Greed. 

What really caused the Great Irish Famine?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:52pm

Great Famine

"The early 19th century, Ireland’s tenant farmers as a class, especially in the west of Ireland, struggled both to provide for themselves and to supply the British market with cereal crops. Many farmers had long existed at virtually the subsistence level, given the small size of their allotments and the various hardships that the land presented for farming in some regions. The potato, which had become a staple crop in Ireland by the 18th century, was appealing in that it was a hardy, nutritious, and calorie-dense crop and relatively easy to grow in the Irish soil. By the early 1840s almost half the Irish population—but primarily the rural poor—had come to depend almost exclusively on the potato for their diet. The rest of the population also consumed it in large quantities. A heavy reliance on just one or two high-yielding types of potato greatly reduced the genetic variety that ordinarily prevents the decimation of an entire crop by disease, and thus the Irish became vulnerable to famine. In 1845 a strain of Phytophthora arrived accidentally from North America, and that same year Ireland had unusually cool moist weather, in which the blight thrived. Much of that year’s potato crop rotted in the fields. That partial crop failure was followed by more-devastating failures in 1846–49, as each year’s potato crop was almost completely ruined by the blight.

"The British government’s efforts to relieve the famine were inadequate. Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel continued to allow the export of grain from Ireland to Great Britain."

"About one million people died from starvation or from typhus and other famine-related diseases. The number of Irish who emigrated during the famine may have reached two million. Ireland’s population continued to decline in the following decades because of overseas emigration and lower birth rates. By the time Ireland achieved independence in 1921, its population was barely half of what it had been in the early 1840s."

Joel MokyrThe Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:37pm

Loren, I like your "So Called Christians." and your "delegitimize multiple other regulatory agencies under his administration".

It will take years to repair Trump's administration and the Republican Conservatives. What do they want, a healthy, active, golf playing, party-giving, garish-White-House-Xmas- decorating-rich-class? And The rest of the population going the way of Irish Famine? 
Let us not forget that the Irish Famine was caused by the British landowners who worked the Irish to death and made it a crime to eat the grains the English grew in Ireland by the Irish, whose only "legal" food supply was rotting potatoes.

It only took five years from the start of the famine to the end for a million Irish to die of starvation, a million to immigrate to other counties, and a million to stay behind and recover their lives and their health.

Hunger’s Children

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:23pm

Chris, I like your "Authoritarianism" pieces. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:08pm

Hastings on nonviolence

"Trump refers to his ambitions with canine instincts, e.g., he wants to spend $1.5 trillion on new nuclear weapons to make sure the USA is at the “top of the pack.” We only have a few more than 7,000 of them live, locked, and loaded, prepared to overkill humankind by a factor of seven, so it’s important to add more, right? Arf."

How many times does Trump want to kill life on Earth? The wretched planet will be a mere crisp and no one knows we ever existed. 

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 7:38am

Authoritarianism may be determined by the poll which asked a set of four smple survy questions.

These questions pertain to child-rearing: whether it is more important for the voter to have a child who is

Respectful or Independent;

Obedient or Self-reliant;

Well-behaved or Considerate; and

Well-mannered or Curious.

Respondents who pick the first option in each of these questions are strongly authoritarian.

This is ased on the article below and linked here.

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 7:19am

It's not christians so much as authoritarians who voted for Trump.

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.

January 17, 2016

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?

You’d be wrong.

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

My finding is the result of a national poll I conducted in the last five days of December under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sampling 1,800 registered voters across the country and the political spectrum. Running a standard statistical analysis, I found that education, income, gender, age, ideology and religiosity had no significant bearing on a Republican voter’s preferred candidate. Only two of the variables I looked at were statistically significant: authoritarianism, followed by fear of terrorism, though the former was far more significant than the latter.

Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations.

More in the link

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2017 at 10:01am

Yeah ... WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 7:36pm

Withdrawling funding to effective government services is a plan to 'show' that government and democracy doesn't work.


I have mine - go fend for yourself sort of attidude.

In sarcasm.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 19, 2017 at 5:15am

Here's a poser for you: what happens if the CDC, very simply says, "No.  We will not censor ourselves for your sake."  Trump's reaction, of course, would be to defund the Centers for Disease Control, even as he has attempted to delegitimize multiple other regulatory agencies under his administration.  This argument is already in the wind in the major news media.  It was, in fact, covered on yesterday's CBS Evening News and will doubtless be seen by many as an attempt by Trump to exercise dictatorial power against an organization whose service to the US is all but beyond question.

And dear Donnie will have yet one more set of crosshairs aimed at him (as though he didn't have enough, already!).




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