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Is everyone familiar with the Prosperity Gospel generally and Calvinism specifically because it is literally why this country is so fucked and why we do nothing to solve poverty because a lot of evangelicals think the poor are being punished by God

I urge you to form some opinions on how religion talks about money! Because it is SUPER important to understanding why our societies are organized the way they are.

VERY KEY to understanding that America had no social safety net before FDR, and that anything that looks like help continues to be dismantled, because Calvinists founded this country.
Faith can be beautiful but it is essential to understand the many ways that religion -- organized institutions that preach faith but also profit on it -- invent doctrines of belief that justify cruelty to other humans.
Tithing is important (also did Kanye tithe 10% of his $68m anyway? Doubtful) but it is not a replacement for a secular social safety net. Regardless of religion or creed.
If you get nothing else from following me here, please become attuned to how the way social systems work are very often just business models. Politics is a business model. Religion has its business models. Art, music, sports
All these things we consider outside the system of money are ALL SPECIFICALLY ORGANIZED BY INCENTIVES AROUND MONEY.
Like: Why do things work the way they do within these systems? Because of the financial incentives.

Why are Democrats slow on impeachment? Because they're afraid to alienate rich donors.

Why did Colin Kaepernick not work for years? Because rich NFL owners said so.
(And why did rich NFL owners say so? Because they thought human rights would hurt ticket sales).

Why are Catholic priests celibate? Not for chastity. It's because without children, their assets revert to the Church.
Pick any example of a f*cked up system and you will be able to see, if you look, that financial incentives are the things f*cking it up.
As @steven_ovadia reminds me! This is a good read.

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