Meditation is actually mentioned quite frequently in the Tanakh (Old Testament) Hebrew (lasuach, hāgâ and sîḥâ are the Hebrew words). Granted, probably not the same meditative methods as employed by the Buddhists and Hindus, but forms of meditation nonetheless.
Having read most scriptures available in translation, the Dhammapada and Tao te Ching, especially, echo the "Red Letter" words of Jesus (or vice versa since they preceded him). And, although Buddhist missionaries had reached the area around Palestine before the time of Jesus, there doesn't necessarily have to be a correlation - mystics of all religions tend to come to similar conclusions about the treatment of the poor and so forth. About Christianity Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
The greatest threat to democracy we face is unfettered capitalism. Socialism, on the other hand, by definition ("vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE (caps mine)"), can only exist in a democracy.
Not that I believe that ANY pure system is good. Our nation prospered the most when we had a blend of regulated (and often protected) capitalism AND a safety net. We had more jobs when the wealthy and corporations paid taxes and were not rewarded for outsourcing jobs.
Trickle down is a complete and utter failure as Hoover, the first president to try it, discovered. Money flows up-hill. When the poor and Middle Class have money to spend, everyone prospers. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Wonderful! The author's new book is available for the Kindle at a reasonable price - excited to start reading it tomorrow morning when I turn my Kindle on. Would love an Audible version. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost