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A place for progressives to discuss the future we see for America.

Members: 4
Latest Activity: Jul 13

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Progressives seem to have lost our way in the last few election cycles. While Barak came in with a fury, we lost the House and Senate fairly quickly, and now we have President Trump. 

Is there a political system that the majority of atheists would embrace? I know that being atheist does not mean you subscribe to any one group, and we will have differences. My curiosity wishes to know if there is a majority agreement on what we see as the future, and how we will get there.

 

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The Strong See Themselves As Entitled to Brutalize the Weak. Only the Weak, by Uniting, Can Stop Them.

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Stephen Jul 7. 1 Reply

We (and our numerous cousins) are descended from blue-green algae, aka cyanobacteria, aka pond scum, who engulfed (ate) their weaker neighbors. From time to time, some of the weaker disposed of a…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on July 13, 2017 at 3:16pm

Iowa atheist leader gets death threat prior to Oskaloosa invocation

Despite last week’s death threat, the founder and director of Eastern Iowa Atheists says he’ll continue his mission.

Justin Scott, from the Bremer County town of Denver, says he seeks out city councils that open their meetings with prayer and asks to be allowed to give a secular invocation instead.

Scott says all went relatively smoothly at last Wednesday’s city council meeting in Oskaloosa.

“They were very welcoming and really appreciated my request,” Scott says. “I got no push-back from the city. They definitely made sure their meetings were absolutely inclusive to everybody which is exactly our goal in our efforts. We want to make sure if cities are doing this, that they are including all voices and all world views.”

Scott says his invocations are centered on the power of humanity and not of any type of deity.

A U.S. Supreme Court case in 2014 made it clear that prayer is allowed before city council meetings, but he wants to make sure everyone is being invited to the table. Scott says he’s been giving invocations all across the region.

Scott says, “We’re less focused on doing any kind of prayer or séance or ritual and more focused on just reminding elected officials why they are there and who they’re representing.”

Prior to last week’s Oskaloosa city council meeting, Scott was told by a local reporter that someone had threatened to kill Scott if he gave his atheist invocation. Scott applauds the city and the police department for making him feel very safe.

“Thankfully, there was a very calm, mature response to my invocation,” Scott says. “Even those that were not pleased with me being there were respectful. They came up during public comments, made their opinions known but for the most part, it was ‘Iowa nice,’ if you will.”

In April, Scott says he became the first atheist to deliver an invocation before a regular session of the Iowa House of Representatives.

Comment by Stephen on July 8, 2017 at 10:01am

Throughout the history of the British Labour Party at their annual conferences we would begin by singing the Party Hymn The Red Flag.

But when Tony Blair took over the leadership of the party he stopped the singing of the red flag. But now its back, the members demanded its reinstatement. Its a long Hymn But the first verse and chorus are now sung again.

 

The people's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead,
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts' blood dyed its ev'ry fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Within its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

Comment by Chris on June 25, 2017 at 3:51am

Many 'conservatives' seem resistant to Progressives because they may be viewed as communists. commies.

In The Dalles Oregon U.S.A. about 75 years ago one had to purchase a firefighter chit for their house, which included a plack. With the plack the volunteer firefighters knew they would be paid to put out the fire. The firefighters may let the plackless house burn to the ground unless a neighbhors house with a fire chit was in danger.

Where I used to live it took about two hours after dialing 911 before a Sherrif Deputy would be able to arrive. Maybe that's a reason some people are for gun rights in the country.  City and Suburban life is different.

I understand the public school system is set up to teach democracy to students.

Would privatizing schools and other institutions lead to more tribalism, wealth inequity, and potential social unrest?

Proportional, or ranked voting would be more democratic than first past post as used in many places in the U.S.

If the system wasn't rigged to drop and exclude eligible voters through gerrymandering, and money in politics perhaps democracy would allow everyone a voice and vote to be counted.  As it stands only the rich and powerful seem to pick the candidates. In this presidential election cycle both Trump and Clinton seemed terrible.

I agree with Stephen and would add: Without the manipulation Bernie Sanders may have won. 

What may be worse than Trump?

Pence, or  Ryan.

Comment by Stephen on June 14, 2017 at 5:07pm

Bernie Sanders could have won. That's the Corbyn lesson for America

Bernie, like Corbyn, offered hope that another world was possible. He’s exactly the kind of candidate the Democrats must rally behind in the future

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/09/bernie-sander...

Comment by Stephen on June 14, 2017 at 4:48pm

I hope its okay for a progressive limey to take part in the discussion

 

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