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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago. 6 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. 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. 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 Grinning Cat on April 12, 2014 at 12:09pm

Great definition of "Invisible Hand" at "TL;DR Wikipedia" (which is actually a thing, tldrwikipedia.tumblr.com ).

The Invisible Hand is a metaphor conceived by economist Adam Smith to describe how, if markets are left unregulated, and everyone acts in their own interests, an invisible hand will use its stealthy invisibility powers to sneak all the money and power to 1% of the population.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2014 at 2:02pm

You're more than welcome, Joan.

And Grinning Cat, that dry cleaner is as stand-up as they come.  Would that more such businesses could offer just a little help where help is needed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2014 at 1:53pm

"Ivan Lopez's friendly smile apparently gave no hint of a history of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.

"The Iraq war veteran was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas on Wednesday. Lopez took his own .45-caliber handgun onto the sprawling facility and killed three people and wounded 16 more before taking his own life. His death left authorities to piece together what in his background and medical treatment could have triggered a new round of bloodshed at the same Killeen post where an officer killed 13 people in 2009."

Learned Helplessness results from feeling unable to control events, and unable to predict the outcome. This develops into depression, anxiety and then into learned helplessness. 

A New Generation of Combat Stress

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:50pm

Loren, I am reposting your poster on Facebook , "Greatest danger ... " Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:49pm

From the photo album posted by Grinning Cat. A wonderful pick up of encouragements. 
 "35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:46pm

Grinning Cat, what a very special album of photos proving the world is not such a bad place. I reposted! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 9:17pm

Sign at a dry cleaner's:

"If you are unemployed and need an outfit clean for an interview, we will clean it for free."

from "35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place"

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2014 at 6:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2014 at 9:53pm

Richard D. Wolff | Obama's Economic Significance

"Truman's administration subsidized and shored up capitalism, worried that troops returning from war would be unemployed and slide with the economy back into depression. Truman prioritized anti-communism and punched down unions via the Taft-Hartley Act. Republican Eisenhower, the kindly grandpa, softened its veneer but sustained the program. 

"By 1960, relentless retreat from New Deal commitments had built pressures for something "really different." Americans began to grasp and resent that their "middle class" status was fading. "

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"The crisis since 2007 exposes capitalism's instability and injustices. It revives interest in the New Deal's labor-radical coalition and its policy alternatives. Previously effective ways of stifling criticism of capitalism no longer work. The criticisms and critics are finding ways to organize effectively. Meanwhile, the conservative coalition has removed its mask. Sharpening social conflicts loom. "

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2014 at 1:08pm

[shrug] I'm mostly a BP customer, myself, and I doubt they tap any Ukrainian or Siberian crude.

 
 
 

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