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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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'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (Juliette Kayyem - CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 2. 5 Replies

It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed…Continue

Tags: Juliette Kayyem, CNN, tragedy, Puerto Rico, Donald Trump

Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 30. 1 Reply

[reposting from the group "Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture", which will be was cleared and closed October 1.]Trump, America's first white presidentSo writes…Continue

Tags: race, racism, systemic racism, endemic racism, class

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 28, 2017 at 10:20am

The immigration bumper sticker reminded me of this story from notalwaysright.com:

(I’m waiting in line behind a woman speaking on her cellphone in another language. Ahead of her is a white man. After the woman hangs up, he speaks up.)

Man: “I didn’t want to say anything while you were on the phone, but you’re in America now. You need to speak English.”

Woman: “Excuse me?”

Man: *very slow* “If you want to speak Mexican, go back to Mexico. In America, we speak English.”

Woman: “Sir, I was speaking Navajo. If you want to speak English, go back to England.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 28, 2017 at 10:16am

Bertold, Loren, YES! The truth of the "Christian nation" idea (and individual effort and salvation vs. "pagan statism") as relatively recently manufactured to benefit corporations and oppose the New Deal needs to be widely known.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2017 at 12:06pm

Bertold, I still think that is one of the most important books of the last several years. I just wish we could get the word out to more people about it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 11:21am

Kevin Kruse, author of One Nation under God, explains how in his first 100 days Eisenhower gave rise to the religious right:


[Esquire]

As I wrote about in my recent book, Dwight D. Eisenhower used his first months in the presidency to revolutionize how Americans understood the role of religion in their nation and their government, effectively making piety and patriotism one and the same. Past leaders, of course, had invoked their spiritual beliefs in their political speeches and even occasionally in their policies. But none of them had ever tried to place religious faith in such a formal and fundamental role in American political life as Eisenhower.

Comment by Joseph P on April 27, 2017 at 7:14am

That bumper sticker makes me wish I had a bit of Native American blood, so I could riff off of that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 12:22am

Noam Chomsky: Today’s GOP is ‘the most dangerous’ threat to the species ‘in human history’

Raw Story

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 10:51pm

Glad you enjoyed it, Stacey!

Comment by Stacey R. on April 26, 2017 at 10:43pm
Thumbs up to that!! Not just for the knee-jerk laugh, but also calling out so succinctly the absurdity and racism behind the "No immigrants!" sentiment many seem to espouse. Well done!
Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 10:22pm

Regarding the whole immigrant business, I have a suggestion:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 7:26pm

I agree, Stacey R.  about Grinning Cat's Rothkopf quote. He has a way of hitting the bulls' eye especially when it comes to politics. 

If tRump appealed to people's emotions, their fears, anxieties, depressions, and grief to gain their support, we could do the same things for the same reasons. People have legitimate feelings of being unheard and unseen. 

Well, we can hear and see just as well as tRump and his ilk can. We can reveal the real causes of our failed economy, agriculture, U.S. production, and loss of jobs. These are real factors, and they all compound the out of control CO2 that threatens us all. 

Their fear comes from legitimate unsolved problems and if there is anyone who can do better than those of us who base our concerns on real factors have a higher probably of solving them.

 
 
 

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