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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2017 at 5:14pm
Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2017 at 9:00am

Bertold, I never saw The Handmaid's Tale start to finish, but I saw enough of it to recognize it for the potentially prescient piece that it was.  The only reason why I don't think such a future will be fully realized is because there is a sufficient number of people out there who would perceive its symptoms and call them out and those who would resist in response.

That said, would there be ENOUGH people resisting?  Good question, it shows you're interested.  If there are no other questions, class is dismissed!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 18, 2017 at 8:26am

Margaret Atwood Reflects on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

People have said when they read The Handmaid’s Tale that it could never happen here. But the fact of the matter is it has happened here.


[Moyers & Company]

(Includes video and text of Atwood's conversation with Bill Moyers)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 14, 2017 at 4:17pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 14, 2017 at 12:33pm

George Orwell was prescient in many ways:Trump on TV, with map with a circle-slash on Russia and a heart on China: “We are allied with Eurasia and at war with East Asi-- with EURasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia. We are allied with East Asia and have...”

Comment by Joseph P on April 12, 2017 at 3:55pm

They left out the black-lung for the poor suckers who have been conned into trying to get those coal jobs back.  We need to specifically destroy the coal industry and then throw money at the areas that rely upon coal mining, bringing in other industries.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2017 at 2:19pm

McConnell Tells Putin: “Lissen, Putin, you been tryin’ to screw up our democracy. We won’t stand for that. No, sir! We’re Americans. We’ll screw up our own democracy! (We don’t need help from anybody.)”(click any of these to enlarge)

Trump Coal Policy as a factory with four smokestacks belching out a thick cloud of sulfur dioxide, mercury, climate change, lead, nitrous oxide, acid rain, and ozone. Conversation inside the White House: “It looks like another gas attack on babies.” “I don’t think so. It’s not on cable TV.” (Tiny cartoonist commenting in the corner: “Our slow-acting weapon of mass destruction.”

And in the spirit of this weekend's holiday:

Kids finding Easter eggs at the White House Easter egg hunt. One girl found something else: “This isn’t an Easter egg... it’s a Titleist!” (as she holds a golf ball)

Comment by Joseph P on April 7, 2017 at 9:48pm

It's a variety of reasons, which vary from group to group.  The anti-choicers and anti-gay bigots probably don't care about the hypocrisy, since it's to their advantage.  A disturbing portion of the voters in our country are those sorts of single-issue voters who will ignore everything on the economic side of things, as long as their representatives talk Jesus and family-values enough ... family-values, meaning the oppression of families that don't look like mine.

The swing voters are often the sorts of low-information voters who wouldn't understand fiscal policy if it bit them, so anything as complex as the filibuster is a nonstarter.  Their thinking rarely seems to go much beyond, "I think the economy could be doing better than it is now.  So, let's toss out the party of the current president, since that will fix everything."

Most people are more clueless about economics than my one uncle about whom I like to rant.  My uncle doesn't seem to understand that there's a difference between the national debt and the budget deficit.  They're both D-words, so they must basically be the same thing.

He prides himself on knowing all sorts of things about the economy, but a lot of the voters in this country never step beyond turning on Faux News and allowing the buzzwords to pour into their brains, until they think trickle-down economics is the greatest way to get high-paying jobs for the poor.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2017 at 5:05pm

>Republican party is exceptional in that respect.

I'll never get how this wasn't painfully obvious to everyone from the time they started bullshitting about "small government."

Comment by Joseph P on April 7, 2017 at 4:20pm

Yeah, would have been nice.

How much do you want to bet that when the Democrats finally take back the senate, whenever that is, that the lame-duck Republican senate will reinstate the filibuster for all matters, then talk about Democrats treading on senate tradition, if the Democrats try to change it back?  Sure, you get hypocrisy from all sides, at times, but the modern Republican party is exceptional in that respect.




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