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DOC: From "Jesus for Most People", Jesus, Religion, and the State ..... PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: From "Religious Stances", Ch. 02, on Basic Politics ..... PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: From "Religious Stances", Ch. 08, Decent People ..... PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: Abortion, updated from "Jesus" ........ PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: Gay Marriage, updated from "Jesus" ........ PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

Nobody wants to be a slave to rules. Still, we need rules, and we need to respect rules. We need to know what happens when people don't respect rules and don't follow rules well enough.

DOC: Following Rules ........ PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

Without intending to, often we support badness. We support badness when we assume that any religious group, ethnic group, or country can succeed in plural modern democracy without the correct background, especially without the right institutions. Our silliness on this point has cost us trillions of dollars and many thousands of lives since the American Civil War.

DOC: Enabling Badness ........ PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

The following long list of references is to the chapters in my 2018 book on "Democrats, Liberals, Republicans, and Conservatives". The whole thing began as an essay on Liberals and Conservatives, and on how modern Democrats and Republicans are not like the original Liberals and Conservatives. Then it got out of hand. The chapters marked with # are optional in the book but make sense to read here. The chapters are pretty much independent but, if you read about Republicans then I hope you read about Democrats, and vice versa, and I hope you read about Conservatives, Liberals, and the main history chapter. The page to the whole book is below.

PAGE: "Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals"

00 Democrats and Republicans ALL (WHOLE BOOK) ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

01 Background and Some Facts to Keep in Mind, Mostly Economic ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

02 # The Family in Politics ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

03 Democrats ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

04 Republicans ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

05 # Some Useful Related Material (desires, passions, and morality) ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

06 Original Liberals ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

07 The Importance of Adam Smith ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

08 # Inteludes (selfishness and rationality) ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

09 Original Conservatives ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

10 More History (main history chapter) ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

11 # Values ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

12 Republican and Democratic Self Views and World Views ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

13 Democratic Party Values and Worldview ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

14 Republican Values and Worldview ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

15 More on Republican Views ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text

16 News Reporting and the Media (only brief content, not linked here)

17 Appeal to Think for Yourself (very short but important) ....... PDF ...... HTML ...... Text