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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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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 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 Grinning Cat on December 14, 2015 at 1:40pm

It's scary how seamlessly Donald Trump fits into the role of the precocious, ambitious and self-centered six-year-old boy in Calvin and Hobbes!

Donald Trump (head pasted onto the boy Calvin of 'Calvin and Hobbes'): 'What do you think is the secret to happiness? Is it money, power or fame? *I'd* choose money. If you have enough money, you can *buy* power and fame. That way you'd have it all and be *really* happy! Happiness is being famous for your financial ability to indulge in every kind of excess.' Hobbes: 'I suppose that's *one* way to define it.' Trump: 'The part I think I'd like best is crushing people who get in my way.'(click to embiggen; from donaldandhobbes at imgur, via cheezburger)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:43am

Chris, I hope your challenges can be overcome and you rest and recuperate from whatever is the source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:08am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 3:04am

Oh! The whole country is becoming less white, more living below the poverty line, fewer living in the middle class, wealth concentrating in the "robber barons", government favors business and neglects needs of people and environment. 

Internationally, workers rise against exploitation and domination. 

In the U.S., all these variables exist because of monumental shifts of power and the inactivity of the comfortable middle class. We let power slip away and have not generated the energy to restore the nation to balance. 

I am in Spokane this week, and more businesses closed their doors. Even medical offices closed down. 

As in the 1930s, with a growth of fascism in Europe and Asia, the only flourishing businesses had to do with preparing for war. It took a war, mass killings, destruction of infrastructures, laying waste of farms, industry and decimation of families until people just wore out. 

Any of you old timers see the similarities today?

We have reached the time of revolt! It is not going to be pretty. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 1:01pm

Some 200 years ago xtians promoted schooling - and I know the limits of that from my fundy childhood - but how did the xtian ideals degenerate to Trump c.s? Staggering!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 9, 2015 at 11:25am

Sadly, Chris, because America has ignorant, uninformed jingoists who can't imagine the US as being anything other than a white-bread christian country where they're at the head of the line and everyone else is nowhere to be seen.  These people not only have no idea about diversity, they don't want to know, and they'll fight anyone who attempts to inform them.

These people are purposefully ignorant and determined to remain so.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 11:21am

I can't think why you Americans put up with a horror like that. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 9, 2015 at 9:45am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:46pm

Today the NY Daily News trolled the vehement critics of last week's "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" headline:

To all those who have been offended by hearing the truth about our nation's gun scourge & the NRA & cowardly pols who think nothing's wrong: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME (Oh, & Bam sez we will 'destroy ISIS' -- feel better now?) [NY Daily News cover, Monday, December 7, 2015, against a blue sky and plenty of cute animals, complete with a row of puppies at the bottom](click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:42pm

Bertold, that's a well-written and well-deserved rant! And a great cartoon, Ruth! Especially the Republican "pro-lifer"'s telling exclamation of fear and outrage over Planned Parenthood, "Who will fight our wars?!!"

 
 
 

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