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Clearly several hot-button topics were raised! I am thinking we could do with some more diaries on health care paradigms and implementations; on social equity and whether wealth or income taxation (and wealth or income redistribution) is more effective; on poverty and its spinoff effects; etc.
For example much was made recently of a study that found that devoutly religious countries seemed to score worse on any number of social well-being indices -- underage pregnancies, interpersonal violence, etc. For some this was a brilliant riposte to our various Talibans (each waving their favourite Holy Book), but for others it looked more like another comment on poverty: people living in dysfunctional, failing societies generally suffer from poverty and anxiety, and populations suffering from poverty and anxiety tend to be more religious (why not, at least organised religion offers people some community and some hope in hard times). So are we really looking at effects of religiosity, or effects of poverty, one of which is religiosity?
The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
poor folks have intellectually undemanding jobs, and more time to think about religion.
please, no popper and white crows!
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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