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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 Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2016 at 6:28pm

Joan, what have you got against bloated toads to malign them that way???

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2016 at 6:10pm

Ruth, I like your cartoon, the four perspectives of candidates. I think Trump acts like a bloated toad. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2016 at 6:08pm

Sanders' support of Israel is a reasonable decision for him, however, if elected president, I wonder if he would listen to the Palestinian side of the argument. Israel's claim to the land is based on ancient belief that god promised them the land. It is my contention that the Israelites constructed the Jewish faith out of self-interest, that many tribes were slaughtered to defend those constructs, and the slaughter continues to this day. I have not heard Sanders' critique of the Israelis. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2016 at 5:29pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 9, 2016 at 5:12pm

I think this is Sanders' position:

"Palestinians are entitled to a state of their own," said Sanders, "and the United States should do what it can to make sure that state has a strong economy. Israel is entitled to live in security, not be attacked."

Is it your opinion, Joan,  that this alone would make him unelectable?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2016 at 2:10pm

Ruth, I just now read: 

Trump, Ted Cruz, and a right-wing insurgency the GOP can no longer control.

http://www.salon.com/2015/12/13/extremism_ends_in_civil_war_donald_...

An insightful memory of history is repeating itself. Thanks for the lead. Embedded within our current situation resides the remedy:

Split the party and offer a legitimate alternative. 

I don't think Sanders present a reasonable option because of his history of supporting Israel vs. Palestinians. 

We need someone who is strong enough to broker and maintain a peace agreement, work for options that consider all sides, and establish a win/win solution.

Don't even think of Clinton; too many ties to wealth.

htWtp://www.salon.com/2015/12/13/extremism_ends_in_civil_war_donald_trump_ted_cruz_and_a_right_wing_insurgency_the_gop_can_no_longer_control/

Comment by Loren Miller on January 9, 2016 at 1:17pm

The sad fact is that substituting Trump for Calvin is too close a fit, at least on occasion, to be comfortable.  What is even scarier is that there are so many who want their biases and bigotries pandered to.

Post-racial?  Hell, they're not even post-adolescent!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 9, 2016 at 1:05pm

Chan Lowe/Tribune Content Agency

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2016 at 10:15am

My favorite part of the article is where the Daily Vatican rag (as opposed to just the Vatican Rag -- thank you Tom Lehrer) noted that using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as Pope Francis has said several times

Hypocrisy is truly an art form with these dicks.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 6, 2016 at 8:43am

The Vatican can learn to suck it up, Bertold.  They need to understand that it is their con game – religion – which all too often puts the gun in the hands of the radicals, whether it's Protestants and Catholics up until very recently or Sunnis vs. Shiites in the Middle East or Hindus vs. Muslims in India and Pakistan ... or any of a hundred different other conflicts around the world.

They're the ones who sow the wind, yet deny culpability for the whirlwind that follows.

 
 
 

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