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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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Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

Tags: cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, LGBT, homosexuality, Pope Francis

The Obama Opposition (Charles M. Blow, NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Nov 11. 8 Replies

The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did. When Obama…Continue

Tags: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, opposition, president, Barack Obama

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 8:52pm

Oh yes, fear! The great enemy to life and living. Life and living and everything becomes a thing to fear. Face the earth, sky, water, nature and community with curiosity and anticipation, they all become friends. 
Native Americans were puzzled by European's fear of natural processes, and yet they were considered savages by the invaders. Well, perhaps those who fear natural processes need a god to give them safety, security, and stability, however, they are faux-protection.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2013 at 1:12pm

Grinning Cat, like the article, "Republican Jesus". It spells out the problems as I perceive them. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 19, 2013 at 11:33am

(from the article Republican Jesus by Justin Rosario at addictinginfo.org)

When I was a kid, I was taught that the Pilgrims fled to the New World to escape religious persecution. [...] Through all of this, it never occurred to me that I would ever have to worry about a particular set of religious values being forced upon me. [...]

Fast forward to the George W. Bush years. [...] And that’s when I became acquainted with Republican Jesus™.

Who the hell is Republican Jesus™?

Republican Jesus™ is very different than the Jesus you and I are familiar with. First off, he is White. Not just white, but White.
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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2013 at 12:24pm

Highlander Center

In 1968, working with the civil rights movement in Washington, DC, much of our organizational material came from Highlander and its fine group of people. Myles Horton inspired a lot of people and the music that came out of that place set the mood for peaceful resistance under the direction of Zilphia Horton, music director of the Highlander Folk School 
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks were trained there, as were the lunch counter sit-in people, Highlander's annual college workshop took place on the first weekend in April, with 83 students from twenty colleges attending the first year. 
https://www.facebook.com/highlander.center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Carawan#Career_at_Highlander_Center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Shall_Overcome
Pete Seeger, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62EOg3Io3_I

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on June 11, 2013 at 11:59pm

One problem found in multicultural societies is just that, separation from society by enclaves of same ethnicity, religious or cultural groups. These are often the breeding grounds of radicals and even terrorists.

Separation from society may be an individual option, but, when an entire group separates and define their own subculture, the main society can suffer. 

The ghettos are examples of these enclaves of subcultures and we know of the problems they face from history.

In Australia we have such enclaves and we are trying to disperse them so they blend better into the overall super-culture, reducing the risk of enclave based gang violence and cultural wars.

Finding people of common interest and beliefs is fine, so long as it doesn't become a divisive sub-culture. These small pictures need to blend unobtrusively into the bigger picture to produce a more variant but harmonious social fabric.

Britain is also having difficulties with the formation of Islamic enclaves and divisive right wing enclaves in the industrial regions.

Comment by Ezra on June 11, 2013 at 11:05pm

Very true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 9:58pm

Yes, separating from society is one option. Another might be to find people with common interests and imagine a preferred outcome. Working toward a goal, especially if others share that goal, is how evolution occurs. 

Comment by Ezra on June 11, 2013 at 9:52pm

I would say, purpose of life is to separate from society. 

Comment by Ezra on June 11, 2013 at 9:45pm

Individualism isn't a problem of state.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 9:08pm

There are two kinds of income, earned and unearned. Earned income is the labor it takes to make bread, build houses, and buildings, grow grains and beef and milk cows. The other is unearned income, the kind that money earns the income, not labor. Earned and unearned are taxed at different rates. After WWII, there was such a large need for labor, workers were able to demand high wages, especially for those who worked under union contracts. As the union busting began, labor started loosing ground. There was a sharp gap begin to develop in the late 1970s, and I watched it when I bought my first computer, put a statistical analysis program on it, and started keeping track. The gap was small in 1980, grew exponentially larger as the years past and we are now worse off then at the beginning of the Great Depression. The numbers prove my statement. 

Another thing that began to happen was sending jobs overseas to cheaper labor markets/slave markets. 

A third thing happened, unearned income began to be sent off-shore, thus escaping taxes altogether. 

A fourth thing was corporations being made a "person" thus gaining horrific power over our government. 

A fifth element was the working people mistook what is happening, blamed the poor for draining away money into social services, and blamed immigrants who were willing to work for less, not realizing that all these factors work against wage earners. The Tea Party reflects that misjudgment.

 
 
 

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