Monthly Archives: October 2014

Introduction To “Self.” (Transtheism over belief v. disbelief.) 244 —Robert M. Shelby, 10-10-14. [879 txt wds]

To slightly paraphrase Jalal-ud-din Rumi: One day, you will find yourself outside this world which is like a mother’s womb, to enter, while yet in the body, indefinite vastness, and know that from there come saints and sages. Distinction between religiosity and spirituality is a subject I treated for many years. I find that Sam […]

Financial predation. 243 —Robert M. Shelby, 10-8-14. [845 txt wds]

[C.J. Polychroniou, interviewing Noam Chomsky (Truthout, via Alternet 10-7-14.)] C.J.P. asks: “Since the late 1970s, most advanced economies have returned to predatory capitalism. As a result, income and wealth inequality have reached spectacular heights, poverty is becoming entrenched, [world] unemployment is skyrocketing and standards of living are declining. In addition, “really existing capitalism” is causing […]

Endurance, or departure? 242 —Robert M. Shelby, 10-5-14. [300 txt wds]

In the few years left to my life, I will be happy to contemplate being out of this world that holds so many people who call themselves “conservative” but  who really mean they oppose social progress and any improvement of the common lot save what they wrongly think should “trickle down” from them, the wealthiest. […]

How do we come to this? 241 —Robert M. Shelby, 10-3-14. [565 txt wds]

When, like me, our octogenarian and still older folks were kids back in the nineteen twenties and thirties, most Republicans were still sensible people who meshed with the common life of our communities. Of course, there were already a few nut cases, heads-in-cloud evangelicals, rich folks overcome with greed or the imagined superiority of wealth, […]