As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, there was a very natural desire on the part of the members of the Oxford Movement to come to grips with the serious danger threatening the Church of England. This, combined with some difficulties in completing any plan of association, prevented the formation of an organization to provide a base from which to carry out a coordinated campaign.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Back in the early nineteenth century following the Napoleonic Wars and the dissolution of much of the Spanish Empire, the new republics of Central and South America found they had a problem: no tax base, and thus no way to meet government expenditures. This was doubly a problem, because in order to demonstrate their legitimacy, the new governments had to assume all the obligations of the old government as well as meet their own current needs.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the organizing members of the Oxford Movement were in general — though not specific or particular — agreement on fundamental principles of Christianity that they believed must be embodied in and taught by the Church of England. They were also in agreement on their opinion that the Church of England was in deadly peril. What they lacked, and what was to show up as the Movement progressed, was an appreciation of the importance of the phases of a movement, and the need to “secure” and continue each phase before going on to the next one.
Monday, September 17, 2018
In this week’s Just Third Way podcast, Dave Hamill hosts a panel discussion with Dr. Norman Kurland, president of the interfaith , Dawn K. Brohawn, CESJ’s Director of Communication, and Michael D. Greaney, CESJ’s Director of Research on the first two of CESJ’s “Core Values”:
Friday, September 14, 2018
As the world attempts to move into Fall in the Northern Hemisphere and into Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, other things are staying pretty much the same. That is, the powers-that-be can’t figure out that if you want economic recovery, a sound currency, and a just and sustainable economy, you’d better be able to make everybody productive, and that means expanded capital ownership:
Thursday, September 13, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject, we contended that the Oxford Movement was an exemplar of social justice a century before the term had the precise meaning Pope Pius XI assigned it in his social doctrine. Prior to the late 1840s, in fact, “social justice” had a variety of meanings almost completely unrelated to any concept of social virtue. That would come only with the work of Monsignor Luigi Aloysius Taparelli d’Azeglio, S.J. (1793-1862), and would rapidly be hijacked by the socialists.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Everybody knows about Puerto Rico, right? It’s that place, that, you know, is “down there” somewhere, where a bunch of people live, who are, like, Americans, sort of, except they’re kinda like, you know, not really. Is this going to be on the test?
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, two great perils faced the Church of England in the early nineteenth century, capitalism and its near-twin, socialism. Not that the prime movers in the Oxford Movement saw it that way, of course. It would never have occurred to any of them, then or later, to give that much importance to the things of this world . . . which made the problem even worse — there is, after all, no problem so bad that it cannot get worse by ignoring it.
Monday, September 10, 2018
In today’s Just Third Way podcast, your host Dave Hamill gives us a little “blast from the (recent) past, with an interview of Dr. Norman Kurland, president of the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ):
Friday, September 7, 2018
It may sound like the “same old same old,” but it’s really . . . okay, it’s the same old same old. The difference is that every day we seem to be reaching a larger number of people about the Just Third Way and Capital Homesteading, and a number of people are still coming up with the same old excuses that they have for decades, evidently not realizing that they’ve worn a little thin over time. Be that as it may, here are a few highpoints on what’s been happening in the movement:
Thursday, September 6, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject, we looked at the background against which the Oxford Movement took place, viz., the culture of elitism that found expression in English type liberalism. This led naturally to an overemphasis on capitalism to counter socialism. Since both capitalism and socialism are in many respects fundamentally the same in theory as well as in practice, socialism was as ineffective in overcoming capitalism as capitalism was in countering socialism.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Last week in the Wall Street Journal Walter Russell Mead gave his opinion that the “Crisis of Democracy” in the modern world is a bit exaggerated (“The “Crisis of Democracy” Is Overhyped,” WSJ, 08/28/18, A-13). According to Mead, the democracies are, if not precisely doing-just-fine-thank-you, at least doing better than the non-democracies.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the Aristotelian and Platonic views of reality led to different theories of politics — and this had a significant effect not merely on the direction of the Oxford Movement, but on the fact of the movement itself.
Monday, September 3, 2018
In today’s Just Third Way podcast, your host Dave Hamill talks with Leonard Walker of the Descendants of American Slaves. There seems to be a lot of congruity between the Just Third Way and DAS, which only makes sense, as justice for any will be compatible with justice for all.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Perhaps not surprisingly, there is not much good news this week, or at least we haven’t been able to find it. What little there is seems to be internal, e.g., some important publications are in the works for CESJ, and there has been a great deal of interest expressed in the projects. As for the rest of the world:
Thursday, August 30, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, “the New Christianity”/”Neo-Catholicism” — euphemisms for “the democratic religion” of socialism — was a serious problem in the early nineteenth century — and not one confined to religious society. The sea change in how people viewed the human person and his or her place in the world was devastating. It undermined fundamental principles of the entire social order in all its aspects, religious, civil, and domestic. The social earthquake triggered by the French Revolution has had aftershocks lasting down to the present day.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Recently Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, has declared the end of the bailout of the country, proclaiming a “day of liberation.” Greece has completed a three-year emergency loan program worth €61.9 billion to tackle its debt crisis. It was part of the biggest bailout in history, totaling approximately €289 billion, which will take the country decades to repay. Cuts in public spending, especially for social welfare programs, will continue.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, in November 1831, calling themselves “the Pilgrims of God and Liberty,” de Lamennais, Montalembert, and Lacordaire set out for Rome to present their case to the pope. Much to de Lamennais’s annoyance, the trio was not granted an audience immediately, although that should have been expected in light of the fact that they showed up in Rome without warning.
Monday, August 27, 2018
How to reach Bernie Fans? Why would we want to do that? Well, why not? Bernie Sanders has a following, and people pay attention to what he says, he’s concerned about things — and he is a strong supporter of worker ownership. It should be a pretty short step for him to see that if ownership for workers is good, ownership for everyone is better, and can accomplish most if not all of the goals he says he wants to achieve through redistribution. Why do it the hard way?
Friday, August 24, 2018
In case you were wondering how people are benefiting from all the presumably wonderful economic growth (e.g., the stock market booming, falling unemployment, protection of America’s infant industries, etc.), it’s a good idea to keep in mind that there is a difference between the collective and the individual human person. In the aggregate — the collective sense — things may be going great, per capita income is $1 million . . . except that means one person gets $300 million a year, and the other 299,999,999 people get zip. And why not redistribute by abolishing private property for one guy so the 299,999,999 can have it? Because abolishing private property for one means abolishing it for all. Why not just figure out a way to make everybody productive instead of just one person? Or you end up with what we have today:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, if there was one thing that both the Catholic Church and the Church of England had in common in the early nineteenth century, it was “religious indifferentism.” Although it stemmed from different causes in each country, the widespread neglect of religious duties and the belief that all religions are essentially the same was a serious problem in both France and England.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Senator Elizabeth Ann Warren (Democrat, Massachusetts) has created a bit of a stir with her “Accountable Capitalism Act” proposal. The ACA is a proposed piece of legislation recently introduced by Senator Warren that she believes would restore accountability of corporations to their employees and to the public at large. At the heart of her proposal is her oft-repeated declaration that “corporations are not people.”
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
In the previous posting on this subject we mentioned that as early as the 1820s in France there were a significant number of sects of the “democratic religion” — socialism — springing up everywhere. Within a generation there had grown to be so many that Alexis de Tocqueville commented in his recollections of the 1848 Revolution,
Monday, August 20, 2018
Every organization needs not only a mission statement and a business plan — and yes, even non-profits need a “business plan” because if you cannot state clearly why your organization exists . . . why does it exist? Further, the more vague or general an organization’s mission statement (e.g., “The Much Ado About Nothing Society works to promote interest in William Topaz McGonagall (1825-1902), the greatest poet who ever lived or ever will live, and to jabber on endlessly without knowing anything about him.”*) the more chance there is that the organization will eventually lose its way. It may continue, but more and more people will simply ask Why?