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Friday, January 18, 2019

News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 03

Along with all the bad things that everybody knows about, there are a number of bright things on the horizon.  This is understandable, as CESJ co-founder Father William Ferree, S.M., Ph.D. always said that in social justice terms, nothing is impossible.  No matter how bad things look, there is always a just and moral way to solve any social problem:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fulton Sheen on Human Law v. Natural Law

In yesterday’s posting, Fulton Sheen on Private Property, we noted that Fulton Sheen seemed to have contradicted himself.  He noted several times that private property is a natural right — something inherent in the human person, which not even the State can take away — and then made the comment that “though man has a natural right to private property, this right is not absolute.” (P. 51, Freedom Under God.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fulton Sheen on Private Property

In yesterday’s posting we looked at the legal case for the importance of private property. We have to keep in mind, however, that the title of Fulton Sheen’s book is “Freedom Under God.” Sheen’s purpose was not to present a treatise or contract delineating humanity’s legal rights and duties in human society. Our constitutions, bills of rights, and legal systems are intended to serve that purpose.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fulton Sheen’s Long Lost Classic

Every once in a while we review a few things from the past that we think people might want to take another look at.  One of these is our rediscovery a few years back of a “long lost classic” by none other than Fulton J. Sheen . . . you know, “Uncle Fulty” who was in a (friendly) competition with “Uncle Milty”?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Just Third Way Broadcast

Ever hear of 60 Minutes — the show, not (necessarily) the time units?  Once upon a time they did a segment on Louis O. Kelso . . . who happened to state his opinion that unless the economy could be made to work for everyone, we were heading for trouble.  And you know something?  He was right.  (By the way, don’t be mislead by Kelso’s use of the term “capitalism.”  He used it in, e.g., The Capitalist Manifesto and The New Capitalists, a different sense than the socialists use it, and later decided it was not the best term, anyway.)

Friday, January 11, 2019

News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 02

As politics, economics, and religion continue to mix (being the same thing to an increasing number of people), the world picture becomes increasingly confused and confusing . . . unless you come over and take a walk on the side of common sense.  Analyzed from a Just Third Way perspective, it’s astonishing just how much of what is going on starts to make sense . . . and the right thing to do becomes more obvious:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Politics and Religion

According to R.W. Church, possibly the best (if not completely objective) historian of the Oxford Movement, the whole trouble and the reason for the ultimate downfall of the Movement and the loss of John Henry Newman to the Church of England was the result of ego and arrogance on the part of the Oxford authorities who looked on ancient Christian doctrines as dangerous novelties,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

About That “Democratic Socialism” . . .

In today’s world it is easy to get the impression that the meaning and purpose of life is for everyone’s needs to be provided by someone else and all desires gratified without effort on the part of the recipient.  Current thought as reported in the media suggests that a justly structured social order is one in which matters are arranged in such a way that as many people as possible can remain permanent children, complete with “safe spaces” and periodic “time outs” for temper tantrums.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

We Agree With Alan Greenspan

. . . just not for the reasons you (or he) might think.  A few days ago, everybody’s favorite (or at least best known) freshman representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said that the top marginal tax rate for the “ultra rich” should be raised to 70%.  This would allow the government to fund research into “green” alternative fuels with the goal of weening the U.S. off the fossil fuels by 2030.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Just Third Way Broadcast

Today we bring you a video of a discussion between Norman Kurland and Gar Alperovitz on the democratization of capital ownership.  It’s not very long, but you will find it substantive:

Friday, January 4, 2019

News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 01

A short work week, but one filled with one or two significant events . . . one of which is not the increasing volatility of the stock market.  People have yet to realize that the stock market is NOT a “leading economic indicator.”  It’s not, strictly speaking, an economic indicator at all.  It’s a lagging emotional indicator.  It gives a good idea of the emotional state of the gamblers on Wall Street, and that’s about it.  As for more significant events:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Labor, Capital, and Alienation

Many people think that replacement of human labor by capital and the alienation and social disintegration that results is a new thing.  It is not.   Economic and social alienation due to advancing technologies or changing economies has been around since the dawn of time.  It is just that the rate at which change occurs started accelerating about five hundred years ago.  For this, two factors are responsible.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The “Marketplace of Faith”?

There was an interesting article in last year’s Wall Street Journal (yes, we’ve been dying to use that line since last week . . . that is, last year) asking the question, “Why are Americans so religious?”  (“The Marketplace of Faith,” 12/28/18, A-10).  Sriya Iyer, who wrote the piece, is also the author of The Economics of Religion in India (2018).  She argues in part that in America there is more competition between religions and between religion and the government.  With more choices for basic services, competition — and institutions providing that competition — will thrive.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Okay, not spectacularly original, but we do take a break now and then. . . .

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve!

As the title of this posting has it, Happy New Year's Eve!  And don't you have something better to do than be reading this?

Friday, December 28, 2018

News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 52

Here is the second half of our annual news roundup.  The second half (July through December) always ends up being longer than the first half because the evets seem more timely and less outdated than what happened during the first half of the year.  To cut to the chase, however::

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Crisis of Confidence

As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, with the publication of “Tract 90,” John Henry Newman inadvertently gave leverage to the enemies of the Oxford Movement.  By playing on the fears of “creeping (or galloping) Romanism,” the more liberal (in the bad sense) elements in the Church of England were able to undermine and eventually marginalize almost completely the effort to return to orthodoxy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

When the Chips are Down

Watching “cop shows” on television it is easy to get the impression that a police officer’s work is a constant round of burglaries, bar fights, “domestic incidents,” investigating crooked cops, murders, and (if it’s a comedy) lots of doughnuts.  Television cops (the funny ones, anyway) have a hunger for doughnuts that would shame Homer Simpson.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Just Third Way!  And if you don't have anything else to do, why don't you go back and read some of the postings over the past year in preparation for the next?  Otherwise, have fun!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Christmas Eve!

Yes, since we're taking the day off in everything else (not the night, though), we're also letting the blog slide today and tomorrow.  If you get lonely, of course, listen to some of the musical free samples for Christmas Eve available here.  We recommend "Santa Geh Gesunder Heit."  And a sample is about all you can take.  Otherwise,

Friday, December 21, 2018

News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 51

This week in addition to some current events (which you will find at the end of this posting), we have the first half of the annual news roundup from the Just Third Way, from January through June.  One of the things we found ironic was our commenting in the first “News from the Network” for 2018 that the newly achieved “25,000 Dow” was making some people nervous.  Given the market shakeup over the past few weeks, that seems to have been warranted.  It does, however, tend to make the Just Third Way more attractive:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

“Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles”

As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, John Henry Newman’s goal when he published “Tract 90,” otherwise known as “Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles,” was not to try and turn the Church of England into the Catholic Church.  Rather, it was to show the continuity of doctrine in both churches and their fundamental agreement on what makes Christianity specifically Christianity.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Real Bills for Real Wealth

As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, in his landmark social encyclical Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII managed to do two things that took the socialists, modernists, and New Agers off guard.  One, he followed up on the series of social encyclicals that had started with Gregory XVI’s Mirari Vos in 1832 with an unexpected twist.  Instead of simply condemning the “new things” of the modern world, he presented an alternative that could deliver what socialism, modernism, and the New Age only promised, and that without sacrificing one iota of the natural law or Catholic doctrine.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Suitable Pretext and the Usual Suspects

As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, worried that the Church of England might return to orthodoxy and undermine or repudiate all the gains that had been made by “the democratic religion” or New Christianity that was intended to replace traditional political and religious institutions, the “Broad Church” faction comprised of socialists, modernists, unitarians, and even followers of esoteric cults whipped up fear of “Romanism” among the Evangelical faction that adhered to traditional Christian beliefs.