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by Rickpa
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The cost of our cheap clothing
Replies: 38
Views: 6461

Re: The cost of our cheap clothing

The question of the age is; How can we bring about better conditions for workers in these sweat shops, and not simply cut off their access to a means of sustenance? It seems anything that is effective is what power the workers take themselves. Perhaps it's not too different than when the US military...
by Rickpa
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8681

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Like so many topics these days, different people have very definitions of key words, and so we have different threads going by the same name, and some of us... well me... aren't participating despite ... um... participating. We might discuss: Is discussion of Dharma (dharma?) politics is wrong speec...
by Rickpa
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8681

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

We don't walk away from suffering, but we also don't wish suffering on anyone, even if they cause much suffering. We don't campaign against people, we campaign against harm. We don't wish harm, speak with the intention to harm the person, property, or position of anyone. We speak the truth with the ...
by Rickpa
Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8681

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Discussing politics is probably fine up to a point. That point would be engaging in politics in order to advance what one wishes for, and in opposition to what other people wish for. When we allow our mind and speech to cast persons or groups of people as worthy of our compassion, and others as wort...
by Rickpa
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 76448

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I am wondering if there will come a time when we can use nuclear waste, and other radioactive material as power. Not in fusion or fission. Just for being radioactive. I would think a means could be contrived for tapping into their radioactive quality as energy in the way sun radiation is transmogrif...
by Rickpa
Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

The problem is not markets, nor capital, nor capitalists, communists, socialist, anarchists, fascists, racists, and so on. The problem that we humans are immature, and we need, as a species to grow up. This is where we really need to start. So long as we meet greed with envy, and meet those who don...
by Rickpa
Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

Hi RicKpa We discuss that from about page 9 or 10 on. Marxism aims towards a stateless society eventually, but via a democratic workers state. Marx himself thought this had the possibility of coming about peacefully in the more advanced countries. What happened in Russia under Stalin was a twisted ...
by Rickpa
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

Since we have turned a but to communism within a thread about anarchism. Does anyone know how to have communism without the use of force and the threat of force? In other words, is communism with any scale possible without an extremely powerful state? If so, doesn't this make communism antithetical ...
by Rickpa
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist Hate Crimes
Replies: 70
Views: 8916

Re: Buddhist Hate Crimes

You can have the best teachings ever, and because of the way you hold views, you just might use them as justification to commit great harms. A teaching, a view, or a creed is as good as the people who claim to uphold it. As a member of a group, you should be mindful that humans tend to judge any gro...
by Rickpa
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 76448

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There is no green energy so far that doesn't require ripping into the earth. The Saudi Arabia of green energy is Tibet.



http://e360.yale.edu/feature/a_scarcity ... gies/2711/


http://tibetanplateau.blogspot.com/2011/07/wdfwe.html
by Rickpa
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Middle Way Politics
Replies: 114
Views: 8975

Re: Middle Way Politics

There's an old Russian joke about two peasants. One of the peasants had a cow to provide milk, cheese, and butter. The peasant had enough for his family, and enough to sell for some extra money. His envious neighbor didn't have a cow, and was very bitter. One day he was visited by a sorcerer who tol...
by Rickpa
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

You really can't talk about anarchy, and talk about using force to make people do what you want them to do, to keep them from doing as they wish, or denying them property which is the means of livelihood and volition in the pursuit of happiness. We have a name for such force, and that is the state.
by Rickpa
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 76448

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Then of course we must mention that extraction process for the rare earth materials in solar panels, wind generators, batteries, etc., are pretty devastating to their local environments because China/Inner Mongolia is about the only place where rare earths are recoverable without significant quanti...
by Rickpa
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 76448

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

The anthropogenic climate change model is really quite a hopeful thing. It means that humans can exercise a great deal of influence over climate. Now I am aware that the warming earth is not desired beyond a point, but of this world's mass extinctions, they are related to catastrophic cooling. Becau...
by Rickpa
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

Like greed, envy or jealousy is a poison. That the system works for some, this is a reason to rejoice in whatever merits brought about good fortune.... at least that's a buddhist view as I understand it. That the system doesn't work for many, this is where the focus ought to be. We need to always li...
by Rickpa
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Middle Way Politics
Replies: 114
Views: 8975

Re: Middle Way Politics

This thread strikes me as about being more about systems of governance rather than politics. Politics as experienced in democratic nations is a form of conflict, which is waged as "campaigns." Yeah, war. It would be interesting, and refreshing to see a middle way campaign, and middle way politics. I...
by Rickpa
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

All politics is just negativity, it thrives on it, and without negativity politicians will have no power, because the people will have no faith in them — which is what all ideologies amount to. Governments are a means to get the people to do what you want them to do, and force to make them not do w...
by Rickpa
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

I am merely stating the ideal of liberty to exchange resources voluntarily, and to mutual benefit. So what you really mean is an open market rendered healthy through appropriate regulation. Exactly everyone should be free to create their own destiny independent, and even in competition with the fav...
by Rickpa
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

The idea behind free markets is totally voluntary. People exchange something desired for something desired to their mutual benefit. The failure that keeps visiting US markets is the failure to have free markets. Sorry, Rick, the role of government is to regulate markets so they remain stable. What ...
by Rickpa
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 55063

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

[Even abstinence is a political act. So we just don't have a choice about it. We are here and what we do or don't do makes a difference. All we can do is the best that we can, we actually have no other choice. We do the best we can, but we have to be open to our limitations when living with others ...