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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Presidential election - last time around Michelle Obama said : "The truth matters." Republicans are laughing all the way to the bank at the quaintness of such a naive thought.

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 24. 23 Replies

Ben Carson: Big Bang A Fairy Tale, Theory Of Evolution Encouraged By The DevilIt's nice that the Republicans have Dr.(!) Ben Carson as their house n-word. He's cute, articulate, humble and smooth, and his speech patterns are oh, so laid back and…Continue

Tags: Carson, creationism, evolution, primary, election

A View of Islam from Muhammad Syed: Ex-Muslim

Started by Loren Miller Sep 23. 0 Replies

There is a great deal of discussion that goes on about Muslims and Islam in the US which comes from people who are not, themselves, directly connected with either the people or the religion.  Muhammad Syed, president of Ex-Muslims of North America,…Continue

Tags: Muslims, Seth Andrews, ISIS, Islam, Muhammad Syed

Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite'

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 2. 26 Replies

Frankie has just pissed off (and nonplussed) a whole load of people.The Vatican has…Continue

Tags: Pope, mercy, forgiveness, abortion

Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 1. 9 Replies

The above petition just landed in my inbox a few minutes ago ... and I think it is perhaps one of the most brilliant ideas I've heard in a while.  Entirely too many debates, both primary and presidential, have been little more than photo ops for the…Continue

Tags: change.org, petition, debate, Jon Stewart

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:39pm

"Dr. Doom" Predicts Global Economic Storm 

submitted byHumptydumptytribe

Nouriel Roubini, "Dr. Doom"

Nouriel Roubini says ‘perfect storm’ may threaten global economy






Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:55am

Woody Brock - Beyond Democratic Capitalism.mov

This is a surprise; I was expecting a crotchety old professor, and find him to be awake, aware, articulate, and I like what he says. 

"Dr. Brock has worked closely with Professor Mordecai Kurz of Stanford University in developing the new theory of Rational Beliefs that is now replacing the classical theory of "Efficient Markets." This theory explains for the first time the way in which history rhymes but does not repeat itself."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:32am

Capitalism is Terrific, but Our Corrupted, Bastardized, Crony Capit...

Woody Brock "on the state of our capitalism: Under true capitalism, no agent has any bargaining power whatsoever. The notion of 4 investment bankers taking a private plane to Washington tomake sure that leverage would be tripled in April 2004 in exchange ..., is outrageous and scandalous and they all should be in jail. Adam Smith wouldn't roll in his grave; he would gyrate."

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 23, 2012 at 11:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 9:03pm

Greg, yes, these "qualities critical to well-being: compassion, attentiveness, unconditional love, consistency (but not a foolish consistency), calmness and rationality" lead to healthier living. 

When a child, born into a family that highly values obedience, submission and self-sacrifice, reveals some easily question those values and reject them. Some struggle to live to those criteria and in my opinion create stress that borders on mental illness. "Wanting to please" offers very little toward flourishing.

Just as effective parents create an environment of lower stress, it also empowers individuals to think, take action, and be pro-active. Government has the same responsibility, it seems to me, whether local or federal; create an environment that encourages flourishing of individuals and business, even as it limits exploitation of people and resources. 

Therefore, I would support efforts to be self-sufficient and independent. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:48pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! This old chap is a wonder to behold. Looking at him, a 16 year old or 60 year old might pass him buy, but to their own detriment. You may/probably were the one that introduced him to me a long time ago. 
I know everyone is getting fed up with my graphs, but frankly I don't give  a gnat's eyebrow. This stuff needs to be seen, understood, and thought about. Sorry to impose the old stuff on you Loren, just remember that I am more than economics charts and growls every now and then.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:43pm

It's the Inequality, Stupid

Average Household Income before taxes/change in share of income after taxes

Winners: The super-rich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2012 at 12:18pm

Joan, one Dr. Albert A. Bartlett has held forth in a series of YouTube videos on the whole overpopulation / strain on resources issue some time back.  I'm pretty sure I posted it elsewhere on A|N, but here it is again.  Worth your time

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:13pm

Income inequality

How much richer are the richest 20% than the poorest 20%?

See Page 4. 

Health and Social Problems are Worse in More Unequal Countries 

See Page 6

Notice USA is at the top right hand of the matrix. 

Child Well-being is Better in More Equal Rich Countries

See Page 8

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal Rich Countries

Page 10

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal USA States 

Page 11

Prevalence of Mental Illness is Higher in More Unequal Rich Countries

Page 12

This study looks at important social, economic, and political factors in unequal countries and states. Worthy of knowing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:37am

Feeding More From Less

"Worried about the finite resources available to a growing population, there is fear among some that we are headed toward famine and starvation in a world where population exceeds the earth’s carrying capacity.

"A similar concern was demonstrated by Thomas Malthus 200 years ago. Population grows exponentially, Malthus explained, while food production grows at the slower arithmetic rate. Everything else the same, starvation would be indisputable."


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