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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 Grinning Cat Dec 20. 10 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 Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 11:57pm

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Knowledge, the things you see, the things you feel, the things you think, the power of logic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 11:33pm

Ann Pettifor - Health Consequences Of Global Economic Crisis

Published on Feb 6, 2013

Ann Pettifor is a Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) Group, an economic think-tank that promotes understanding of the nature of credit, and its role in determining macroeconomic outcomes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 10:07pm

 If the Revolutionary War brought about changes from British Royalist to U.S. aristocrat, it now appears to be a U.S. corporate autocracy which enslaves citizens economically with out of control personal debt. Citizens appear like a feudal serf dressed in the style of late stage capitalism.

Guns provide no protection from such corporate theft. The enemy wears white shirts, ties, dark suits and polished shoes. They smile compassionately as they empty small business and wage labor bank accounts. 

“The false sense of power and security that guns provide only serves to keep one in bondage, by imprisoning him/her behind walls of illusion.”
~ Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 12:03am

It’s Good to Be a Goldman

"The invisible hand of that primitive and pure free market so celebrated in the folklore of capitalism as the essence of efficiency and productivity has been replaced by the all too visible hand of the fixer, who can combine government power and corporate profits to game the system. Yes, visible. Just observe how easily folks such as Rubin, Paulson and Johnson move through the revolving door between corporate and government power undeterred by critical media notice. And now it is Geithner’s turn."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 4, 2013 at 6:46am

"The planet is in dire need of a whole system ethic that produces good decisions that are good for everyone."

Agreed, but our earth has precedents: they're called mass extinctions.

I'm 82 and probably won't be here for Ma and Pa Nature's next one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:35pm
Elizabeth Dodson Gray "claims that western society has not adapted to the natural world because we have never felt we had to.

"She says that under patriarchy, the environment has been imaged as feminine. ‘Mother’ Earth’s ‘virgin’ resources have been ‘under’ us in the hierarchy, ripe for rape and exploitation. In arrogance, the prevailing attitude has been that ‘Mother’ Nature will never kill us, no matter what we do.

"Clearly, our masculine risk energy has run amok. Dodson notes that conservation energy is feminine, and we must understand how to bring balance. The planet is in dire need of a whole system ethic that produces good decisions that are good for everyone.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:28pm
“Today everyone can see the full extent of the past and present atrocities on this earth. No one can any longer claim she or he didn’t know anything.”
~ Christina Thürmer-Rohr
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:26pm

“[Man] thinks of himself as a creator instead of a user, and this delusion is robbing him, not only of his natural heritage, but perhaps of his future.”

~ Helen Hoover

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 5:00pm

I was in Istanbul in the 1980s waiting for my luggage to catch up with me and had time to kill. I was alone, wandering up and down the narrow streets just looking and drawing in all the sights, sounds and smells of the community. I ran across a small group of children playing marbles (only they were not marbles, they were hardened  mud balls, and I sat down on a stone door stoop to watch and then to play with them. It was a very narrow street, with mud-brick houses all connected for about a block, and about two stories high. There was laundry strung across the street on ropes and pulleys over the road, back and forth, making a sound as laundry caught breezes. I looked up ... out of each window was a woman peering down at me and their children. One woman motioned me to come upstairs and a little one escorted me to the correct door. I spent the morning with a group of women who did not speak English and I only speak it. We did a lot of gesturing, and pantomiming trying to communicate. It turned out to be one of most memorable days ... my luggage never did catch up, so I spent a month wearing 2 gauze dresses I bought in the local market and washing out my underwear every night. My toothbrush was my finger and salt. 

Istanbul police say U.S. tourist was murdered: report

ISTANBUL, Feb. 3, 2013 (Reuters)

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 1:33pm

"the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class, and cutting spending."

The Jobs Report, and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

"the major cause for this near-record low is simply the lack of jobs."

"Close to 20 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed."

"The only reason for employers to hire more workers is if they have more customers. But American employers have not had enough customers to justify much new hiring.

"There are essentially two sources of customers: individual consumers, and the government."

"Social Security taxes have increased, leaving the typical worker with about $1,000 less this year than last." 

"Wages and salaries grew a measly six-tenths of one percent."

We need repaired highways bridges and tunnels; restore railroads to get more heavy trucking off highways; develop alternative forms of energy; do more research and development; attend to water quality; develop air quality controls; restore depleted soils to improve of food quality; emphasize mathematics and science in our public schools; improve teacher/child ratio; and restore police, and fire protection.

All of these can be government funded, each one is an investment, not an expenditure, and the costs will be paid by future potential earnings. 

 
 
 

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