The Just Third Way

A Blog of the Global Justice Movement

Friday, January 30, 2015

News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 5


Rollercoaster fans should really be loving the stock market.  Just this morning it was down a couple hundred, then up, and then down again. . . . Workers in an ESOP that have independent appraisals of the shares in their accounts are probably feeling pretty smug right about now — they are insulated to some degree from the antics of the speculators on Wall Street; an offer that differs materially from the appraised market value of the company is very carefully vetted, and the share valuation is not quite as subject to manipulation; can you say “DOL Investigation”?
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Standards, VII: Restoring a Standard


People today tend to think there was something inherently wrong in the German people that they allowed Hitler to come into power.  From a purely economic and financial standpoint, it’s not all that hard to understand.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Standards, VI: Getting Back to Money


Having allowed our readers to refresh themselves with a brief hiatus before completing this blog series, we return to our discourse on the importance of standards, especially when dealing with money and credit.  Possibly to oversimplify, there may be no greater single problem today in the economic and financial sectors than the fact that the concept of standard has ceased to have any meaning.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Why We (Don’t) Need Inflation


Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on how surpluses of basic commodities, while they are bad, can be good for some brave investors (“Rout Signals ‘Buy’ to Some: As Surpluses Grow From Oil to Copper, Investors Risk Pain Now for Gains Later,” The Wall Street Journal, Monday, January 26, 2105, C1, C6.)  There are so many things wrong with just the headline, to say nothing of the article, that we hardly know where to begin.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

CESJ Core Group Meets “Pope’s Rabbi”


Thanks to the extraordinary initiative of two CESJ stalwarts, Ms. Harriet Epstein of Northern Virginia, and Dr. María Teresa Rosón de Pérez Lozano, professor of Commercial Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, we were able to get a group together to attend an event in Washington, DC, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Ætate, the 1965 encyclical on relations with non-Christian religions.  The event was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Jewish Community of Greater Washington.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 4


According to President Obama’s State of the Union Address this past Tuesday (which we missed to attend a talk on the fiftieth anniversary of the issuance of Nostra Ætate, the encyclical on Catholic relations with non-Christian religions, below), everything is great, great, great.  The economy is booming, evidently there’s no terrorist threat, and so on, so forth.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What’s Wrong with the Pro-Life Movement?


We interrupt our regularly scheduled series of postings on standards (and lack thereof) in modern society to offer a few comments about what we think is wrong with the Pro-Life movement.  Lest you be turned off already, please note that we fully support the goal: an end to abortion.  We just want to offer a few comments and observations on how the effort might be more effective and less confrontational . . . at least, up to a point.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Standards, V: When Governments Get Interested


So far in this brief series we’ve covered the why, what, and application of standards, and what can happen when you don’t have any.  Today we’re going to look at what happens when people manipulate standards to their own advantage, especially the monetary standard.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Standards, IV: Lack of Standards


We’ve been looking at standards, what they are, how they apply, even why we should have them.  Today we look at the sort of thing that happens when you don’t have standards, or you remove them, i.e., drift (or jump headfirst) into relativism.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Standards, III: Applying Standards


Last week we looked at two questions: 1) Why have standards? and 2) What are standards?  We discovered that we have standards so that everybody knows what everybody else is talking about or dealing with, and a standard is something established or correct, a way of determining if something measures up (or down) to a pre-determined, objective amount, quantity, degree . . . whatever — it’s something that’s the same for everyone, and it stays that way.  Establishing and maintaining standards is so important that most nations delegate the power to set and enforce standards to the State.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 3


The stock market has been all over the map this week.  This demonstrates that areas or groups many people consider to be trendsetters, indicators, leaders, and so on, so forth, are in reality nothing of the sort.  We include the stock market (which has little or nothing to do with the primary, productive market), academia (which has almost nothing to do with real education these days), politics (which has little, if anything to do with what Aristotle meant by the term) . . . and so on, so forth.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Standards, II: What Are Standards?


Yesterday we asked the eternal question, “Why Have Standards?”  Today we start getting down to basics, and ask “What Are Standards?”  Yes, we answered that in part yesterday, but we need to expand on it a bit in order to get to the point we’re eventually going to make in this series.  Yes, there’s a point to all this, believe it or not.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Standards, I: Why Have Standards?


For years, CESJ’s chief volunteer was a Southern Lady (note the capitalization) who, on occasion, was wont to make a comment or two about persons who lacked what she called “standards.”  Generally this was in response to an enquiry about why she chose not to associate with certain individuals or groups.  Her almost inevitable reply was, “I have standards,” implying that they did not.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Faith, Fraud, Fame, and Finance


Not necessarily in that order, of course, but they do seem to be related, especially in modern academia, which has some rather serious problems that nobody seems to be dealing with.  Er . . . with which nobody seems to be dealing?  Forgive us, oh Strunk and White!
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