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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P Dec 2. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo Dec 1. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 2:02pm

I like Sander’s questions during the Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate 

~ Let’s talk about why, in the 1990s, Wall Street got deregulated. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street provided — spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions?

Well, some people might think, yeah, that had some influence.

~ Let’s ask why it is that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, and [the price of] your medicine can be doubled tomorrow, and there’s nothing that the government can do to stop it. …

~ Let’s talk about climate change. Do you think there’s a reason why not one Republican has the guts to recognize that climate change is real, and that we need to transform our energy system? Do you think it has anything to do with the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil pouring huge amounts of money into the political system?

~ … There is a reason. You know, there is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. And in my view, it is undermining American democracy and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 4, 2016 at 7:38pm

The FSM is fictional?

Heretic! To a stake with you!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 8:14pm

Yes, Ruth --that's good! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 3, 2016 at 8:04pm

LOL, this was the best part, Bertold.

And if you think a fictional religion shouldn’t be granted any sort of legal recognition, feel free to explain why all the other ones qualify.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 6:44pm

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Now an Official Religion in the Netherlands

January 29, 2016 by Hemant Mehta

Congratulations, Dutch Pastafarians! The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now an officially recognized religion in the Netherlands.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 1, 2016 at 6:06pm

Loren, that "debate" had me ROFL. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 1, 2016 at 1:28pm

It would seem as though, despite Donald Trumps absence from the last Republican debate, that he WAS debating ... or at least talking to himself ... with the assistance of Stephen Colbert.  The thing is, though, when Donnie talks out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, bad things just HAVE to happen!

Check it out!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 31, 2016 at 1:53am

|   I'm long past patience with the standoff.

Ruth, so are several others here.

And all of you have taken yourselves away from the task of solving the problem rationally.

Yeah, it feels good to express anger. One of the ways I do it, when I am not personally in danger, is to say "Damn! Damn! Damn!"

What were those childish but weaponized men doing that caused you all to feel personally endangered?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on January 30, 2016 at 11:06pm
I was thinking gas grenades containing aerosolized sedative, such as fentanyl. I read the Russians did that with a terrorist mass hostage situation, with some deaths but I think most survived. With this much smaller situation, getting them antidote would be much faster than the Moscow mass hostage situation.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 30, 2016 at 10:43pm

Yup, that's crazy, Bertold. I'm long past patience with the standoff. A Swat team with nonlethal overwhelming power is needed. They could deliver tear gas and flash bangs by drone if they are worried about being shot. And dart them long range.

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