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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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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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If We Evolved from Monkeys, Why Are There Still Republicans?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 3 Replies

Do politicians' beliefs about evolution matter? Reasonable people, whether they cotton to communism or the Constitutional Party or anything in between, ought to be alarmed at the fact that leading contenders for the Republican presidential…Continue

Tags: Evolution

Corporate profit takes over your entire world this month

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 15. 1 Reply

Obama is pushing to Fast Track the TPP and TPIP, which means congress will vote to pass them with NO DEBATE or public scrutiny. Under the guise of protecting trade, they'll empower unrestrained corporate profit, with no regard for public good....…Continue

Tags: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership

North Americanism - Republican 2016 strategy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sk8eycat Feb 13. 7 Replies

Are you ready for Cold War 2.0 and a fossil fuel free-for-all surge from Mexico to Canada? Michael Klare describes the Republican campaign strategy for "a nightmare of environmental degradation and global conflict."…Continue

Tags: Republican campaign, 2016 election, North Americanism

Which Is Better, Liberalism or Conservatism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck Feb 10. 6 Replies

While grinding my morning axes, I ran across quite an old article on Alternet by Greta Christina, gatheist activist and…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 2:14pm

Joan Baez- Bread and roses

"Bread and Roses" a speech given by Rose Schneiderman;

"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."  inspired the poem Bread and Roses by James Oppenheim. It is associated with the textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusett, Jan-March 1912. The words appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:49pm

"Be of good cheer, this, too, will pass!" 

~ Lee Hays, The Weavers 

Weavers Re-union Concert - Get up and go

However, it won't pass if no one gets up and goes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:31pm

Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert, from "Wasn't That a Time?"

The spirit of being fully alive and fully participating in life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:18pm

Tom, I do see the similarities. I am old enough to remember the end of the Depression and WW II, and am interested in history enough to know what happened before. I know of the exploitation of labor by profiteers, whether individual or national, and I have written about and named the exploiters. 

The general public either doesn't know, doesn't care, doesn't want to know or whatever, about what is happening, why, and how. We become comfortable as a middle class USA citizens enjoying the labor of others around the world who work slave wages, and we think we are smarter than they. Well, we are not smarter, we are complacent, lazy, gullible and greedy. 

As I made my journeys around the world, talking to people, seeking out answers to my questions, I saw a very different world than people who travelled as tourists. They could not see suffering right in front of their eyes. I went to a carpet making place in Turkey where 8 year old girls worked long hours for virtually no pay and squalid living conditions to create those beautiful rugs for tourists to take home. Tourists did't even know the living conditions of the weavers. When I questioned rug buyers, they said at least they were supporting the labor of those little girls. I asked for evidence, and they had none. I did, because I sought out the living conditions of little girls who weave rugs to make money for their lords. 

Government that is on the side of corporations and business do not realize the real wealth of USA is produced by workers who make goods and services, and they need protection from moneyed interests. The company store and homes pay wages that equal the costs of stores and homes without enough left over for workers to buy health care, education, and other things that improve the quality of life. 

Labor unions, though too often corrupt, helped to equalize power between management and labor. International Workers of the World were active in Spokane during the mining days and in Seattle during the lumbering days. They were persecuted, shot, and ultimately defeated. I don't think they will remain quiet now when we need them. At least, that is my hope. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:01pm

"Fix the Debt" CEOs Enjoy Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay

"Thanks to a “performance pay” tax loophole, large corporations in the United States today are routinely deducting enormous executive payouts from their income taxes. In effect, these companies are exploiting the U.S. tax code to send taxpayers the bill for the huge rewards they’re doling out to their top executives."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2013 at 12:43pm

More of Richard's humor: 

via Richard Richter & Rich LaDuca

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2013 at 12:38pm

"Are you an open book"

Thanks to the ghoulish humor of Michael Richter & Ben Gerber 

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 20, 2013 at 7:12pm

Joan, I hope you see the similarities.

In the decades between the Civil War and FDR's New Deal, corporations treated employees here in the US of A as badly as they are now treating employees in other countries. And the government was on the corporations' side.

My mom's father was self-employed and did okay. I don't like to think of how they treated my dad's father; he and his family were among the urban poor in northern Kentucky.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 6:03pm

Apple Avoiding Billions And Billions Of Dollars In Taxes

"Cook’s proposal is likely to be for a “tax repatriation holiday” and a “territorial tax system,” both of which mean giant, multinational companies like Apple will pay less in taxes, people like Cook will have even more money, and We the People will end up with higher taxes, fewer good schools and good roads and police and teachers and the other things government does to make our lives better. As a bonus, this makes giant multinationals that move jobs and profits overseas even more competitive against smaller American companies that keep jobs and profits here and do not have foreign “subsidiaries” located in tax havens."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:35am
Tony, this was bound to happen. Religious people are well known for being creative when it comes to collection plates. A great article.
 
 
 

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