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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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 7:11am

Can it be acknowledged once and for all that Trump has NO IDEA about the long-term or non-obvious consequences of his actions.  His sole motivators appear to be what looks good on the surface and what plays to his base ... PERIOD.  Nothing else is worth his notice.

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 6:16pm


Trump, Trudeau had a testy phone exchange over steel tariffs
U.S. president cites torching of White House during War of 1812
Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Posted: Jun 06, 2018 12:13 PM ET | Last Updated: 39 minutes ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau held a tense telephone call last month over the U.S. president's decision to slap Canada with steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Trump mentioned the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 during the confrontational May 25 call, which was first reported by CNN and confirmed by CBC News.
Trudeau reportedly asked Trump how tariffs could be imposed on Canada on.................

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 2:58pm


Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2018 at 7:18am

Another irregularly scheduled political cartoon: (click to embiggen)

[Donald Trump] On the White House Roof: “I am all-powerful! I cannot be prosecuted! I cannot be questioned!” “I cannot be indicted! I cannot be charged!” “And not only that, but...” [jumps off, arms outstretched] “I can fly!”

(Though I would not encourage that final delusion... until it's assured that someone other than christofascist Mike Pence would take over the presidency!)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 3, 2018 at 8:17pm

Bert, amivalence is my middle name. 

Are philosophical nihilists inclined toward activism or inactivism?

Cynics? ???

Powerless folk, definitely inactive.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 3, 2018 at 6:46pm

Bert, after the adjective ‘cynical’ I wrote the adjective ‘powerless’. it’s cynicism that’s powerless, not nihilism. 

In Lachman’s title, ‘Magick’ and ‘dark star’? Is he superstitious or merely guessing at the cause?

Something as harmful to the GOP as Trump became inevitable in the 1950s when far right extremists called Pres. Eisenhower a communist and became strong enough to expel moderates.

Other extremists, Southern racists and the religious right, replaced the moderates.

Whether raciststs, theists or billionaires are nihilists merits a discussion.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 3, 2018 at 5:09pm

Gary Lachman is someone who would disagree that the nihilism is powerless. He argues that it helped get Dolt 45 elected.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 3, 2018 at 1:40pm

Bert, who is Gary Lachman and why is he putting the blame for the postmodernists’ cynical (powerless) nihilism on deconstruction—the act of careful (powerful) reading?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 3, 2018 at 11:25am
Building on what you said, Loren--

". . . postmodernism and related schools like deconstructionism prepared the ground for the epistemological skepticism pervading Western consciousness today, which Trump both abets and profits by. Rarified notions of a pliant, flexible, relative “truth” trickled down from the metaphysical heights, and infected the popular mind with what the philosopher Paul Ricoeur called the “hermeneutics of suspicion,” a kind of cynical nihilism that we take for granted as part of everyday life, and which Nietzsche more than a century ago predicted was on its way. Hence our conspiracy-ridden world, to which Trump himself contributes."

~Gary Lachman

~Gary Lachman
Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2018 at 9:38am

I knew I wouldn't likely be able to stick with ABC News' This Week when I saw Newt Gingrich on the round table discussion, and when very nearly the first words out of his mouth were, "Where is the collusion?" I just turned him off.

In a post-factual world, anything may be possible, but most of it ain't good.




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