With the summer about half over, it is encouraging that there are so many signs that people are starting to wake up to the potential of the Just Third Way. There are only a few news items this week, but they are of “high quality.” Of course, all of our news items are always of “high quality,” but these add a bit of significance to people outside the movement as well:
Friday, July 13, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, back in the middle of the nineteenth century a man named Charles Kingsley, a successful and well-known Anglican clergyman, seemingly out of the blue attacked a semi-retired Catholic clergyman by the name of John Henry Newman, a convert to Catholicism who was regarded even by himself as a failure.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Everybody knows about John Henry Newman. He tried to turn the Church of England into the Catholic Church, and when that didn’t work he became a real Catholic. He then wrote a bunch of books about how to start a university and apologize for everything, and then had a big fight with Pope Pius IX because they didn’t allow him to dissent about papal infallibility, so he wrote a book about how to dissent without seeming to dissent, and he was right because Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal . . . right?
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject, we examined Woodrow Wilson’s philosophy of government. We decided (we don’t know what you decided) that Wilson’s approach to government was not exactly respectful of the human person, dignity, and all that.
Monday, July 9, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Podcast we have a very special guest: President Ronald Reagan! This is a live recording of the talk President Reagan gave when receiving the report of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice in 1987. For those of you unfamiliar with the Task Force and who think that “government” has to do everything, Project Economic Justice was a private initiative using no government (i.e., taxpayer) money:
Friday, July 6, 2018
One of the interesting things about investigating the roots of the Just Third Way is the fact that we keep uncovering things that support what we’re saying, and that undermine claims made by those who either oppose the Just Third Way (very few, actually, if you limit it to those with valid critiques) or who just plain don’t understand the Just Third Way. For example, this week we found an article from 1855 that describes the tactics of the socialists: if something doesn’t fly, or people become outraged, shift immediately to something emotional instead of rational, and hide whatever is offensive under another name. But there is some good news as well:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, Woodrow Wilson’s political philosophy boiled down to “might makes right.” Something was right because he believed it was so, not because it met or measured up to any objective standard of good. In that, Wilson simply echoed the totalitarian philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
We suppose we really should post something to the effect that if you want true independence, you need a capital stake sufficient to generate an adequate and secure income. Since we say that in virtually every other posting one way or another, and today is a holiday, we're letting those of you who actually visit this blog instead of spending time with friends and family off the hook — for today, anyway:
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
We’ve been looking at Woodrow Wilson and his role in eliminating the vestiges of what was once known as “Lincoln Republicanism,” i.e., a political philosophy that viewed government as being of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Progressive Party was pretty much the last gasp of the type of Republicanism that replaced the Whig Party and ran Abraham Lincoln for president back in the day.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Wait! Didn't we see JTW Podcast # 24 LAST week? Yes, we did. Frankly, it was so well received that we decided to give in to popular demand and run it again this week. Since Wednesday is a holiday in the United States, this will give everyone a chance to catch up on all the podcasts they missed. So, for your listening pleasure, we again have a panel discussion on the Capital Homesteading concept. The CESJ core group gets together and fields some insightful questions and comments from your host, Dave Hamill —
Friday, June 29, 2018
The stock market, of course, is bouncing around like a rubber ball, President Trump is fretting because manufacturers are leaving the U.S. — which they wouldn’t if the U.S. had a Capital Homestead Act, a rational tax system, and an elastic, asset-backed currency that financed private sector growth instead of government spending — the immigrant “problem” is upsetting people (which it wouldn’t if the U.S. and other countries had a Capital Homestead Act, etc.), and so on. In other words, business as usual. What isn’t “business as usual” are the advances we continue to make in promoting the Just Third Way:
Thursday, June 28, 2018
If history has shown us anything, it is that Woodrow Wilson was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. At a time when the United States needed a new direction to restore and retain government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” it got an elitist snob with a vision limited by his own ego. When the world needed the U.S. to take the lead and douse the flames that led to World War I, Wilson retreated into isolationism until the situation he helped create got so bad it could no longer be ignored.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Back in 1912 people were demanding reform of the financial system as a result of the Panics of 1893 and 1907. The problem was that few people demanding reform had a good grasp of what money actually is. Having looked into why we think Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) does not give a good — or even coherent — definition of money, today we will look at a Just Third Way understanding of money.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
As we saw in the last posting on this subject, the 1912 presidential campaign was hotly contested, with five different parties fielding candidates. These were the usual Republican and Democrat Parties, but also the Progressive Party, the Prohibition Party, and two socialist parties, the Socialist Party of America and the Socialist Labor Party.
Monday, June 25, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Podcast we have a panel discussion on the Capital Homesteading concept. The CESJ core group gets together and fields some insightful questions and comments from your host, Dave Hamill —
Friday, June 22, 2018
If every country in the world had a “Capital Homesteading” program or the equivalent, it is possible that there would be more jobs created than there would be people to fill them. Instead of discouraging immigration, countries would be encouraging it in order to get enough workers. At the same time, countries would also encourage people to remain at home in order not to decrease the workforce and discourage emigration. All of a sudden, countries would be competing to see which one could offer the best incentives to come and stay in their country. It’s at least something to think about:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject, we discovered that the Republican Party had split into reactionary and progressive factions. The reactionary faction, the “Old Guard” Republicans, were the social and economic élite who had come into the Grand Old Party following the Civil War when it was the only game in town, the Democratic Party having been discredited.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject, we took a look at what is meant in Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) by “pure money.” We discovered that “pure money” doesn’t mean what one might expect from the Just Third Way concept of “pure credit,” but is something similar in form to the Just Third Way idea, while being pretty much its exact opposite.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
As we saw in There was only one previous campaign of national importance in United States history that even came close to the variety of candidates and positions in the public eye., the 1912 presidential campaign was blessed — or cursed — with an abundance of parties and candidates, including a few nobody remembers.
Monday, June 18, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Podcast, Host Dave Hamill interviews CESJ intern Sasha Miltreiger from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Sasha, a political science major, talks about how she became interested in the Just Third Way and selected CESJ for her internship, joining a number of other very well qualified interns that CESJ has had over the years:
Friday, June 15, 2018
Despite what is normally a slow period for news, some interesting things are happening around the world in the Just Third Way network and beyond. These range from minor matters such as meetings, to important breakthroughs in historical research on the development of the concept of social justice. There is also a bit or two on the need to work for a more equitable distribution of the world’s wealth, but without harming the rights of anyone:
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Last week we finished off our look at what was meant in Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) by the claim that money is a creature of law rather than a commodity. We concluded that “creature of law” in MMT did not mean consistent with the natural law and the legal definition of money as anything that can be accepted in settlement of a debt. Rather, it meant that money is a special creation by the government . . . which pretty much negates the real definition of money.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
In 1647 Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) and his son-in-law Henry Ireton (1611-1651) had a problem. They had succeeded in their revolution but had no real idea what to do with their victory. They wanted to impose Presbyterianism but had no program of political reform. Having no plan, they did nothing.