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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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Religious fascism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman 16 hours ago. 7 Replies

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Tags: Saffron, Fascism", Christian, Hindu, fascism

Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Sky God Dec 31, 2014. 11 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1, 2014. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25, 2014. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago

It looks like we have the Donald and Her Sarahship to look forward to again in the Republican presidential primaries. When it comes to this particular crazy train, the more the merrier methinks. With Mike the Huckster and the two Ricks, the entertainment level should go through the roof. C'mon Michelle, throw in your hat!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 9, 2015 at 11:19pm

Please, folks, stop describing the US of A as "our democracy"!

From its start it has been, and still is, an oligarchy -- rule by a few.

The question to ask is Who comprises this oligarchy?

Campaign donors (the bribe givers and the extortion payers).

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 9, 2015 at 2:37pm

Wishful thinking, for some... one of the possible answers in Buzzfeed's "The Supreme Court Quiz":

16. Where does the Supreme Court meet? [Answer choices are pictures of the White House, the Supreme Court Building, Washington National Cathedral (highlighted), and the Capitol Building]

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2014 at 2:46pm

From a Public Citizen email, new words to "Frosty the Snowman":
In this fall’s midterm elections — the most expensive ever — the Koch Brothers’ extremist network intended to spend upwards of $300 million.

Of course, $300 million is a LOT of money (enough, for example, to run Public Citizen for a couple of decades).

But here’s the thing: It’s not even four-tenths of one percent of the Koch Brothers’ fortune.

For someone making $50,000 a year, that would be like $182.

In other words, for roughly the equivalent of what you might be spending on presents for your siblings or grandchildren, the Koch Brothers are corrupting our very democracy.

So, in “celebration” of the Koch Brothers — and the ugly, itchy, ill-fitting sweater of plutocracy they give us all year after year — here’s an update on “Frosty the Snowman” for your merriment:

Costly, the Koch Men
Such a folly that will spoil
With some snow job hype
And a glut of dough
From two guys made rich by oil

Costly, the Koch Men
It is scary how much they pay
To subvert our votes
To buy shills then gloat
That plutocracy holds sway

They’re Citizens United sins
That bad SCOTUS decree
But once we pass an amendment
We’ll get back democracy

So costly, the Koch Men
Telling lies we should not heed
All the people say
We demand our way
Not this game of corporate greed

Thumpity thump thump
Thumpity thump thump
Look out costly Kochs
Thumpity thump thump
Thumpity thump thump
Over this ill you’ll choke

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2014 at 2:38pm

So many gods! So many predictions! So many admonitions! So many things to fear! Hope in this system continues ephemeral. There exist so many ways to fail, and cheap grace if I accept the correct premises.   

Refuting the existence of a god or gods leaves me free to explore and experiment with ideas formerly forbidden. I can observe, then formulate a new hypotheses when new evidence reveals itself.

Ideas exist as living things, ebbing and flowing with the tide of observed evidence.  Ideas cannot evolve if ancient beliefs prevent seeing change. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2014 at 2:20pm

James, I will not hold my breath, either. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 9, 2014 at 12:46pm

@Joan, as you know, Oppenheimer was referring to Shiva, who, in Hindu mythology, dances the earth into existence, then dances it into oblivion. But Hindu mythology is cyclical, and after the Kali Yuga (age of Kali, another destroyer) a New Age will be born. I wouldn't hold my breath.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2014 at 5:20pm

The Economic Collapse Warning Sign You Need To Know.

A Libertarian who sees the world through different lenses than I, gives a warning of economic collapse that I share.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2014 at 9:10pm

On another note -- a "ha ha only serious" take on a lot of apparent U.S. foreign policy:

(My introduction to Key and Peele was their 2012 video "Obama's Meeting with Republicans".)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2014 at 1:03pm

@James - NIetzsche did also warn us against blindly giving to science the same kind of worship we formerly gave to religion. He definitely harbored no thought that rationality in and of itself is sufficient to guide the species into an ideal future.

 
 
 

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