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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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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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Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 12:59am

Term Limits: "Musical Chairs" for politicians. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 20, 2015 at 11:49pm

Alan, your list of solutions looks like that of a Libertarian.

sk8eycat, why in your opinion do term limits suck?

The legislature twice interfered with attempts by voters to reform campaign funding via initiatives. It earned the less desirable term limits.

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 20, 2015 at 3:00pm

Thanks, Ruth.  Candidates will make their message bland and promise all kinds of govt. goodies.  It'll be as exciting as a Student Council election.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2015 at 2:48pm

Ruth, I signed the petition yesterday.  My only problem with Bernie is his extreme support of Israel.  They can stand on their own feet now, and give the "settlements they have stolen back to to the Palestinians.
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We've had term limits in CA-CA for decades.  They suck.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 1:14pm

Alan, I agree with your assessment. 

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 20, 2015 at 12:44pm

Bernie is great theater, tremendous energy, and his critique of elitism and injustice are right on.  The solution is not more government, not to become like Sweden  It is to make government LESS intrusive and expensive, to restore the liberty that was promised to us in blood and treasure.  Bernie's a Democrat.  We don't need that. We need a President with the courage to phase out unconstitutional government activities, dramatically reduce the size of our empire, stop subsidizing people, including big companies, who have no right to your money, end the hideous drug war, and institute Congressional term limits.  I don't care what the party label is.

Hillary sickens me.  Trump scares me.  

 

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2015 at 12:35pm

Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to break up the big banks and restore power to the American people instead of the wealthy.

“It’s time to break up the largest financial institutions in the country! If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist!

~ Bernie Sanders, May 26, 2015

PETITION → Urge Congress to pass Bernie’s bill to break up the big ...

from EndCitizensUnited.org

I've signed.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2015 at 12:28pm

Great quote from David Suzuki, Joan! especially "... things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere."

We invented corporations, and we can change them. Susan Blackmore warned that memes were a threat to humanity. Richard Brodie called corporations power memes. One could frame TPP as an act of meme conquest: we created corporations and now we're letting  them destroy us.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 15, 2015 at 2:05am

More about desertification, but by nature.

Petr Kropotkin, in Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution, said the invasions of Europe from Asia were migrations resulting from a prolonged drought.

He identifies the evidence: numerous small bodies of water where there was once a massive lake.

He wrote his book in the late 1800s but I've seen no book by a historian since then that mentions any cause.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 15, 2015 at 1:51am

Gianluca Serra could have written about desertification in Arizona after WW2.

Its consequences were less dire than in Syria--decades of silencing critics by "taking their bread" (their employment) before the June 1976 carbomb murder of the investigative reporter Don Bolles.

While the killer's mistakes made his capture inevitable (he died in prison), the desertification resulted from a practice long endemic in America: the funding of election campaigns by those who want legislators to enact laws that will enrich them.

In this case the resulting laws first allowed groundwater users to charge the costs of irrigating a low value crop to urban taxpayers. Additional laws allowed the construction, again at taxpayer expense, of a water delivery project that made the overpumped land suitable for housing and again enriched the landowners.

One book has been written: titled Cadillac Desert.

 
 
 

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