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Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Parliament and in cities across Indonesia on Monday urging the president, Joko Widodo, to halt legislation aimed at crippling anti-corruption efforts and sharply reducing personal freedom.

Efforts by the outgoing Parliament to rush through a series of contested bills with the president's approval before its five-year session ended Monday have aroused national concern over the measures, which opponents say would transform Indonesia into a less tolerant and more repressive society. Protesters fear the reintroduction of the measures after the new Parliament is sworn in on Tuesday.

One far-reaching measure, a proposed revision of the criminal code, would outlaw abortion except in cases of rape and incest and prohibit sex outside marriage, effectively banning gay and lesbian relations. It also would restrict free speech by strengthening laws on blasphemy and treason and making it a crime to insult the president.

Fighting corruption turns into puritanism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 04:33:12 AM EST
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Authoritarianism and puritanism are simply means of control, because they co-opt plebian authoritarians into doing all the controlling for you.

Which leaves you free to be as corrupt as you please.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:52:46 AM EST
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The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism
It is Benjamin Franklin who preaches to us in these sentences, the same which Ferdinand Kürnberger satirizes in this clever and malicious Picture of American Culture [3] as the supposed confession of faith of the Yankee. That it is the spirit of capitalism which here speaks in characteristic fashion , no one will doubt, however little we may wish to claim that everything which could be understood as pertaining to that spirit is contained in it. Let us pause a moment to consider this passage, the philosophy of which Kürnberger sums up in the words, "They make tallow out of cattle and money out of men". The peculiarity of this philosophy of avarice appears to be the ideal of the honest man of recognized credit, and above all the idea o a duty of the individual toward the increase of his capital, which is assumed as an end in itself. Truly what is here preached is not simply a means of making one's way in the world, but a peculiar ethic. The infraction of its rules is treated not as foolishness but as forgetfulness of duty. That is the essence of the matter. It is not mere business astuteness, that sort of thing is common enough, it is an ethos. This is the quality which interests us.
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But the origin and history of such ideas is much more complex than the theorists of the superstructure suppose. The spirit of capitalism, in the sense in which we are using the term, had to fight its way to supremacy against a whole world of hostile forces. A state of mind such as that expressed in the passages we have quoted from Franklin, and which called forth the applause of a whole people, wwould both in ancient times and in the Middle Ages [12] have been proscribed as the lowest sort of avarice and as an attitude entirely lacking in self-respect. It is in fact, still regularly thus looked upon by all those social groups which are least involved in or adapted to modern capitalistic conditions. This is not wholly because the instinct of acquisition was in those times unknown or undeveloped, as has often been said. [Weber: 51-56]

## Ancestor worship is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 01:22:18 PM EST
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underdeveloped sense of codified bankruptcy relief available to "captains of industry," from the observations of de Tocqueville ...
In America there is no law against fraudulent bankruptcies; not because they are few, but because there are a great number of bankruptcies. The dread of being prosecuted as abankrupt acts with more intensity upon the mind of the majority of the people than the fear of being involved in losses or ruin by the failure of other parties, and a sort of guilty tolerance is extended by the public conscience to an offence which everyone condemns in his individual capacity. [...] The Americans, who make a virtue of commercial temerity, have no right in any case to brand with disgrace those who practise it. Hence arises the strange indulgence which is shown to bankrupts in the United States; their honor does not suffer by such an accident. In this respect the Americans differ, not only from the nations of Europe, but from all the commercial nations of our time, and  accordingly they resemble none of them in their position or their wants.
... to the legacy of Jack "The Parachute" Welch.

Trump, Impeachment & Forgetting What Brought Him to the White House
"To win reelection, Trump, a corrupt con man (who jumped ship on his own bankrupt casinos, money in hand, leaving others holding the bag) will cheat and lie.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 08:15:08 PM EST
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by das monde on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 04:16:23 PM EST
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APsplainin | IMF chief: trade conflicts fuel synchronized global slowdown
The new head of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that the world economy is in the grips of a "synchronized global slowdown" that will result in slower growth for 90% of the world this year.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said that an updated IMF forecast to be released next week will show growth falling to its lowest point since the beginning of this decade.
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"The key is to improve the system, not abandon it," she said.

Georgieva's first speech as head of the IMF was billed as a preview for next week's annual meetings in Washington of the IMF and its sister subsidiary lending organization, the World Bank.

There is one ECONOMY. The one ECONOMY is the TRUE MESSIAH.

archived structural adjustment programming
And it's ... BCP

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:55:12 PM EST
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