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Religious and Free-Market Fundamentalism Have More in Common Than Their Fans in the Tea Party

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This ideology rests on the notion that the economy can fairly provide for everyone's well being without government regulation or stewardship. It fosters the conviction that "big government" regulation, and taxes are the causes of nearly all economic-->

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Angela N (0)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 2:29 pm

Vallee R (280)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 2:51 pm
Big taxes and government may be a lot o the issues - but fundamentalism isn't the issue - truth and all being equal would be a start.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:05 am
> This ideology rests on the notion that the economy can fairly provide ...
Oh, no.
This ideology doesn't even rest on the pretext that the economy can fairly provide ...
It's hardly anything but propaganda, sand to throw into the eyes of the sheeple (to use the German iodiom) ...

And it includes the demand that if banksters cannot provide their own profits and bonusses, THEN state intervention is needed ...


Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday July 23, 2012, 5:12 pm
Thanks Kit. Good post.

Robert B (60)
Monday July 23, 2012, 7:23 pm
funnymentaliism is a boil on the rear end of humanity.

Janelle Wong (71)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:23 pm
My God! Religion, free markets and The Tea Party all in one breath. One would surmise that this thread is about seeking guidance for one's religious quandries, loathing a free market economy and despising the principles of The Tea Party all rolled into a neat little bundle of hatred and call for help.

Wednesday July 25, 2012, 4:18 am
When the first caveman born with a club foot became through practice an expert fletcher and exchanged his superior arrows for chunks of deer meat with a hunter; the free market was born. Note No capitals or “’isms”. When the first cave dweller family decided to take care of granny and grandpa through illnesses and long winters instead of leaving them to the hyenas; social society was born. Again please note no Capitals or “isms”. We chugged along for centuries with fletchers expanding their businesses to sell quivers and bows and knives and some survived, some failed and others had periods of wealth – they gave not a damn for economic theories fundamental or otherwise. The social society expanded a little to take care of the frail and elderly who were not necessarily kin they became a community. Note still no “isms”! The society was not perfect but an honest examination of reality indicates that neither nature nor humanity attain that dream. We are all dreamers to a lessor or greater extent and dream of a bright pain free happy future for us and our own. Dreaming I would imagine, is built into our genetic code as part of a survival mechanism. Dreaming is harmless when kept to ourselves and our nearest and dearest. Dreaming becomes a curse on humanity when it is expressed eloquently and convincingly and propagated far and wide. It grows into philosophies and ideologies and millions of people grasp at it like drowning swimmers in a whirlpool. They end up convincing themselves that a 2nd hand dream of perfection can become reality. Capitalism the dream replaces capitalism the risky imperfect enduring reality and Socialism replaces simple the reality of community’ both are just theories. The original “free market” exists only to a limited extent amongst small businesses or enterprises and sometimes a few medium ones. The bulk of the so-called Free-Market or Capitalism is securely in the hands of an unholy group of so-called business people supported by and supporting a motley crew of academics, media moguls, politicians, senior civil servants, city counsellors, mayors and even religious leaders at times. In a free market, companies wax and wane and are not rescued by the taxpayer. In a free market there is no revolving door traffic between parliaments and senates and the board room. Mussolini at least was honest on one thing; he called it the Corporate State – a cornerstone of Fascism. Republican, Labour, Democrat, Left, Right, Up Down and round the bend it is all the same and until reality remerges not much will be gained by the continuance of the journalistic-political-academic phantasmagorical smoke screen of wonderful theories about theories about theories about……...

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:42 am
I am constantly amazed every time I see one of these articles that none mention Adam Smith and his 1776 book "The Wealth of Nations". Apparently no one gets What "The Wealth of Nations" did or the fact that it was one of the parents of Ayn Rand, the other being 'social/economic Darwinism'. "The Wealth of Nations" did two things simultaneously. The biggest being that it effectively changed GREED from sin to sign of Gods favor. And it made any use of economic might be it exercised through the military, politics, religion, etc. not only acceptable and ethical but part of the nature of things. War for profiteering, natural resouces..., the actual or economic enslavement of people, culling the population through various uses of hydraulic despotism became just part of Gods grace and the natural way the world works. Before "The Wealth of Nations" greed for the sake of greed was never an ethically/morally acceptable behavior now the accumulation of wealth and its use is as acceptable in the boardroom as the pulpit.

Janelle Wong (71)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:48 am
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

- C. S. Lewis
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