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Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?
Should Christians be involved in politics & government? Dr. Wayne Grudem
Por Hermes C. Fernandes teólogo alemão Rodolf Bultmann afirmou que o Evangelho, para manter-se relevante ao homem moderno, teria que passar por uma desmitologização, isto é, uma desvinculação da linguagem mitológica fartamente usada na antiguidade. Sem querer entrar neste mérito, creio o que o Evangelho necessita atualmente é de uma desideologização, que consistiria em desvinculá-lo de qualquer ideologia. A ideologia tem sido motivo de rompimento entre muitos cristãos. Durante os primeiros anos do regime militar, muitos pastores entregaram colegas às autoridades, mesmo sabendo do risco de que fossem torturados sob a alegação de serem subversivos. Teria Jesus abonado ou desabonado alguma ideologia vigente em Seus dias? Os zelotes, por exemplo, eram um movimento político que procurava incitar o povo da Judeia a rebelar-se contra Roma e a expulsar os conquistadores através da luta armada. Deixando a ala esquerda, consideremos a ala direita dos tempos de Jesus. Hermes C. Fernandes: Nem esquerda, nem direita: Livrando a Fé da Matrix Ideológica Hermes C. Fernandes: Nem esquerda, nem direita: Livrando a Fé da Matrix Ideológica
Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas | Politics News Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas | Politics News Jimmy Smith's ranch sits on the Texas side of the Texas-Oklahoma border, in a little town called Burkburnett, named after a wolf-hunting buddy of Teddy Roosevelt's. In 1918, a local farmer discovered oil on his land, and the population soared from 1,500 to 15,000 in a single year, inspiring a Clark Gable movie, Boom Town. Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas Those days have long passed. The road eventually opened onto a clearing, where about 300 people milled about, eating barbecue, parked in folding campfire chairs, watching a band set up on a large professional stage. The Gathering of the American Patriot, as the event was called, took place on Memorial Day weekend – though you quickly got the sense that the patriotism being displayed was tethered primarily, perhaps exclusively, to the Republic of Texas. "Secretary of war under the Confederacy. I couldn't have put it any better myself. But Republican primary voters in 2014 weren't interested in hearing about jobs.
Unconscious Reactions Separate Liberals and Conservatives More practically, instead of trying to change people's emotional state (an effect that is temporary), astute policy makers might be able to phrase their ideas in a way that appeals to different worldviews. In a 2010 paper Irina Feygina, a social psychology doctoral student at N.Y.U. who works with Jost, found a way to bring conservatives and liberals together on global warming. She and her colleagues wondered whether the impulse to defend the status quo might be driving the conservative pooh-poohing of environmental issues. In an ingenious experiment, the psychologists reframed climate change not as a challenge to government and industry but as “a threat to the American way of life.” After reading a passage that couched environmental action as patriotic, study participants who displayed traits typical of conservatives were much more likely to sign petitions about preventing oil spills and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Moral Scorecards Haidt has a message for both sides. Unconscious Reactions Separate Liberals and Conservatives
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Review: History Lincoln's Republican Party Heather Cox Richardson | The New Republic Review: History Lincoln's Republican Party Heather Cox Richardson | The New Republic The spiritual father of today’s conservative Republican Party, in the assessment of Heather Cox Richardson’s new history To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, was really a Democrat: James Henry Hammond, a wealthy plantation owner, governor of South Carolina, and a U.S. Senator in the years before the Civil War. Like modern-day conservatives, Hammond was a Constitutional originalist, a believer in states’ rights and small government, a free trader, and an opponent of immigration. More than that, Hammond was a spokesman for what we would now call the top one percent: the wealthiest members of society who were its natural leaders. The Republicans, according to Richardson’s history of the party, came together in the 1850s to oppose Hammond’s oligarchic vision. But the Republican Party, in Richardson’s telling, was born with a sort of Jekyll-Hyde complex. Richardson is not the first to note that the Republican Party has oscillated between moderate and conservative phases.
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UNHCR:Facts and Figures on Refugees UNHCR:Facts and Figures on Refugees Number of forcibly displaced worldwide: 59.5 million Number of Refugees There were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014, 14.4 million under the mandate of UNHCR, around 2.9 million more than in 2013. The other 5.1 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). During the year, conflict and persecution forced an average of 42,500 persons per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their countries or in other countries. Developing countries host over 86% of the world’s refugees, compared to 70% ten years ago. In 2014, the country hosting the largest number of refugees was Turkey, with 1.59 million refugees. Last year, 51% of refugees were under 18 years old. An estimated 13.9 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, including 2.9 million new refugees. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Asylum-Seekers Find out about asylum in the UK. Stateless People
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The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. If you lived through all this, and disliked capitalism, it was traumatic. As with the end of feudalism 500 years ago, capitalism’s replacement by postcapitalism will be accelerated by external shocks and shaped by the emergence of a new kind of human being. Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. The end of capitalism has begun The end of capitalism has begun
Innovation-led growth can square a circle that is challenging modern capitalism: how to generate sustained and sustainable economic growth, built on high-value, well-paying jobs. This is at the core of entrepreneurial societies, and it is a good objective. The problem is how to get there. Although many countries have set the goal, few have achieved it. The reason for this elusiveness lies in widespread misunderstandings about how innovation-led growth has been achieved in the past. These misunderstandings have allowed the wrong narratives to drive policy making, with individual entrepreneurs and companies as the central characters of the story. An entrepreneurial society needs an entrepreneurial state, one that through visionary and strategic public investments, distributed across the innovation chain, can create animal spirits in private businesses. This approach means going beyond leveling the playing field, and instead actively tilting it in a particular direction. An Entrepreneurial Society Needs an Entrepreneurial State An Entrepreneurial Society Needs an Entrepreneurial State
Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice Recent years have seen a growing interest and increasing uptake of experimental methods in government. Around the world, we see a growing number of governments taking up experimental approaches to tackle complex issues and generate better public outcomes. However, with the notable exception of Finland, where experimentation has been elevated to official government policy, there still seem to be many challenges for governments to connect the wide range of experimental approaches available with strategic policy development and implementation. For this reason, as part of the i-school (Nesta’s new government innovation support platform), Nesta is currently addressing this from a practical angle by working with progressive governments and leading public innovation practitioners around the world to strengthen experimentation capacity. Experimental approaches accelerate learning by systematically testing assumptions and identifying knowledge gaps. Generating hypotheses. What next?
"Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little, by which Wall Street's greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don't." It was a slow pitch over home plate for Sanders. There's no question he gets more often, no criticism he's better prepared for, than why he calls himself a socialist rather than a capitalist. And then, in the debate's most interesting moment, Hillary Clinton jumped into the exchange. "Let me follow up on that, Anderson," she said. Sanders didn't push the point: "Everybody is in agreement. This was the single most important exchange of the first Democratic debate — because it's the single most important cleavage in the Democratic Party today. Where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree: Denmark is great Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images Sanders isn't a socialist. Sanders leans heavily on this comparison. During the debate, Sanders echoed that theme. Clinton wasn't having it. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s debate over capitalism, explained Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s debate over capitalism, explained
Today the US sets a record for not having a president die in office The fact that Barack Obama woke up today marks a major historical milestone—yet it’s likely to go largely unnoticed. It’s now been 18,967 days since a US president died in office. That means the nation has now entered its longest period without losing a president to an assassin or illness. This record reflects dramatic advances in medical science and the increasing sophistication of presidential security—the occasional White House fence-jumper notwithstanding. “People today don’t have an appreciation for what a calamity it is to lose a president,” says journalist Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect. “People today don’t have an appreciation for what a calamity it is to lose a president.” “The frequency of presidential deaths even gave rise to a superstition known as Tecumseh’s Curse.” So what’s contributed to US presidents’ newfound longevity? “Carter, [George W.] Today the US sets a record for not having a president die in office
Hillary Clinton may not be president, but she's moving the markets like she is one. For the second time in three weeks, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination wiped millions of dollars off the value of an industry with a single tweet. On Friday, private prison stocks dropped sharply after Clinton said the U.S. needed to “end the era of mass incarceration.” “We need to end private prisons. Corrections Corp. of America fell more than 6 percent, lopping off approximately $200 million in value, while GEO Group Inc. dropped 4.2 percent, losing about $100 million. Earlier this month, biotech stocks tanked after Clinton slammed Turing Pharmaceuticals for increasing the price of a drug by 50 fold. It was not the first time she's voiced concerns about private prisons and earlier this month her campaign said it would no longer take donations from the industry's lobbyists and PACs. Hillary Clinton Rattles Prison Stocks With a Single Tweet - Bloomberg Politics
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Albert Camus, 1957 (Robert Edwards/Wikimedia Commons). Si l’auteur de « L’Homme révolté », publié il y a soixante ans, était toujours vivant, il dirait que les événements qui se déroulent aujourd’hui dans son Afrique du Nord natale nous rappellent que la Méditerranée a une rive sud dont la jeunesse incarne les principes de son essai : « La plus orgueilleuse des races, nous autres Méditerranéens », déclarait-il, « vivons toujours de la même lumière ». Alors que le monde plongeait dans les profondeurs glaciales de la guerre froide au début des années 50, Albert Camus ne pouvait trouver de chaleur intellectuelle ni à l’Est, ni même à l’Ouest. Son regard était fixé sur la Méditerranée, où « la jeunesse du monde se trouve toujours autour des mêmes rivages ». C’est tout sauf cela. Ils ne sont pas prêts pour la démocratie ? Le monde, pour Camus, était le théâtre de deux formes d’absurdité : Camus écrivait évidemment en opposition aux sophismes meurtriers du communisme. Révolte ou révolution ? « L'Homme révolté » de Camus éclaire les révolutions arabes
Il y a six mois, hier encore, on se demandait: «Que va-t-il faire?» Provisoirement, déchiré par des contradictions qu'il faut respecter, il avait choisi le silence. Mais il était de ces hommes rares, qu'on peut bien attendre parce qu'ils choisissent lentement et restent fidèles à leur choix. Un jour, il parlerait. Nous étions brouillés, lui et moi: une brouille, ce n'est rien - dût-on ne jamais se revoir -, tout juste une autre manière de vivre ensemble et sans se perdre de vue dans le petit monde étroit qui nous est donné. Son silence que, selon les événements et mon humeur, je jugeais parfois trop prudent et parfois douloureux, c'était une qualité de chaque journée, comme la chaleur ou la lumière, mais humaine. Il représentait en ce siècle, et contre l'Histoire, l'héritier actuel de cette longue lignée de moralistes dont les oeuvres constituent peut-être ce qu'il y a de plus original dans les lettres françaises. Il était pour ainsi dire cette inébranlable affirmation. > VIDEO. Camus par Sartre
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House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to phase out Medicare is nothing new. But now, under a Trump presidency and with both houses of Congress in Republican hands, it looks like he could hypothetically be able to make it happen. Back in 2011, as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Ryan floated a plan to turn Medicare into a "premium support" program. The "premium support" would be a payment that would let you buy insurance from private insurers. But you won't get full coverage. As Josh Marshall acidly noted Sunday in a blog for TPM, "In any case, rather than Medicare you'll have insurance from an insurance company, which everybody should love because haven't you heard from your parents and grandparents how bummed they were when they had to give up their private insurance for Medicare? House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently intends to push through his plan to phase out Medicare after Donald Trump is sworn in as president. Photo: Paul Sancya, AP Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Medicare as we know it in jeopardy if Trump supports Paul Ryan's reforms
Why Republicans Can’t Come Up with an Obamacare Replacement (Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise speak during a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference on January 4, 2017, to discuss a strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It took the United States three and two-thirds years to move from the standing start (to put it mildly) of Pearl Harbor to victory in World War II. Now, compare these endeavors—some arduous, some intellectually challenging—with the Republicans’ efforts to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (or, if you prefer, Obamacare), which the GOP has been proclaiming to be one of its primary goals, if not its existential purpose, for the past seven years. Time was when Reagan-age Republicans proclaimed theirs to be the party of ideas. Advertisement PinIt Share4InstapaperPocketEmailPrint
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