@Melezh One thing I find particularly interesting is the insight into the human experience that comparatively looking at religious experience provides, which inherently creates a challenge to the integrity of any particular religion with a claim to discrete universality. I find sociologist #AnthonyGiddens' take on this dynamic particularly compelling: https://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/courses/hum3255/giddensfund.htm
"...how Loomio, inspired by the general assemblies of Occupy Wall Street, strives to amplify collaborative power and foster more participatory democratic practice."
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@Melezh It's often because, in the West, Christianity has tended to be hegemonic, while attacks on the other two can be easily used as cover for xenophobia, racism, etc.
I used to be a hard-line "#religion is all bad" atheist, but that perspective has softened in my old age, mostly from reading Ken Wilber integral stuff and having some positive spiritual/peak experiences w/ meditation & psychedelics...
Day one of shirking on family time to visit #Minneapolis #coops. Checked out the Seward #FoodCoop, the #Co-op Creamery Cafe (a full fast casual restaurant w/ beer on tap run by the Seward Co-op a few blocks from their store, and Bone Shaker Books #collective, where I picked up a book on the "Labor Elite" (2014) and Debord's #SocietyoftheSpectacle.
@inmysocks @mattcropp In the case of Uber, their numbers really might not add up, no matter how you look at it. Read this earlier post at Naked Capitalism: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/can-uber-ever-deliver-part-one-understanding-ubers-bleak-operating-economics.html
Basically, they had a lot of VC, which allowed them to subsidize every ride, as it seems. Their "story" might be that their business model might work once self-driving cars become the norm.
@HedgeMage I was involved in a feasibility study for a rural ridesharing co-op - the reason Uber didn't do that is the same reason that it took massive public funds to electrify rural areas in the 1930s - most rural areas aren't dense enough to offer unsubsidized services to, and only remain populated due to significant transfers of public funds that are not framed as "socialism" in the US b/c most beneficiaries are white... 🙄