We are not entirely sure of which of the minor deities governs when Friday the thirteenth pops up, but it’s our own fault that it occasionally coincides with the weekly Friday news roundup. As events demonstrate, however, there is no connection between bad luck and what day of the week or even number it is, since there seems to be a number of good things happening:
Friday, September 13, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the landmark case Scott v. Sandford (the notorious Dred Scott decision) resulted in a change in understanding the whole basis of the United States Constitution. It was changed from a grant of rights from people to create the State, to a grant of rights from the State to create persons.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
While researching an upcoming book on economic personalism we delved a little more deeply into the subject of solidarity than we had previously. This is natural, for solidarity and personalism are inextricably linked with the social doctrine of Pope Pius XI on which the Just Third Way is, in part, based.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted in Democracy in America that the failure to resolve the issue of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans could undermine the foundations of American liberal democracy. Nor were the popes unaware of the dangers of a “democracy” that permitted some people to be treated like things.
Monday, September 9, 2019
In this 29-minute interview from December 12, 2016, Norman Kurland explains the Just Third Way, a new economic paradigm that arose largely from the ideas of Louis Kelso. Kurland explains to host Russell Williams how this justice-based approach could support democracy and help us address many of the problems facing communities, nations and the world.
Friday, September 6, 2019
What with Hurricane Dorian tearing up the Islands and the East Coast, and Keynesian economics tearing up the world economy, not to mention the economic antics of China that is increasingly relying on expanding its bubble economy at everyone else’s expense, it’s easy to overlook what else is going on:
Thursday, September 5, 2019
As a Certified Public Accountant, this writer has carried out audits on a number of organizations. This is not a Bad Thing for the organization or institution being audited. As we CPAs are aware, although people often express fear and even terror of an audit, our job is actually something similar to a medical checkup for an organization. Yes, like physicians we can be called in when something is wrong, but it’s better to have regular checkups to see how you’re doing and see if there’s something you should be doing better or differently.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, for centuries a constant theme of reformers and philosophers was the importance of owning capital to be able to participate fully in society as a “political animal,” i.e., an individual with rights and a social nature. The problem was that methods of finance virtually dictated that ownership of capital would be concentrated, unless a source of “free” capital became available — which in Europe was all-but impossible.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
We closed the previous posting on this subject with the comment that “America’s Prince of Cranks” — Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (1831-1901) — had influenced the interpretation and understanding of Catholic social teaching, and thus the natural law “written in the hearts of all men.” At first glance this seems rather odd, since Donnelly left the Catholic Church and took up spiritualism, was a socialist, influenced theosophy, and may have inspired certain features of Nazi racial ideology.
Monday, September 2, 2019
Purely by coincidence, CESJ recorded and scheduled a podcast addressed to the dissidents in Hong Kong the day before the latest phase of the crackdown by the authorities began. Many people have been “detained” (a euphemism for arrested), and some may “disappear” as so many others have before. There is, however, a solution that the powers-that-be might not be considering:
Friday, August 30, 2019
Immediately after news reports that the stock market was going to end the month of August by rising and recouping losses, it plunged. As this is being written, however, it may turn around again. In real news affecting real life:
Thursday, August 29, 2019
As we saw in theprevious posting on this subject, the idea that labor, whether by itself or “enhanced” by capital, is responsible for all production cause a few problems with consistency or even common sense. A large measure of this is due to the fact that common sense and natural law both support the right of an owner to the fruits of ownership: income and control. Capitalists and socialists both agree on that. The only argument relates to what can legitimately be owned and what is productive — and that is a problem.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
In 1931, the second year of the Great Depression and which saw the issuance of Quadragesimo Anno, a teenager by the name of Louis Orth Kelso (1913-1991) noticed something that belied the characterization of the United States as the Land of Opportunity. Able-bodied men were hopping freight trains to somewhere, anywhere, they thought they might find work and not finding it. By 1933, the official unemployment rate was 24.75%.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, we saw how socialists and modernists got right to work shifting the interpretation of social charity and social justice away from a natural law understanding, and to a less person-centered focus. Among the foremost leaders of the reinterpretation movement, none was more effective than Monsignor John A. Ryan (1869-1945) of the Catholic University of America.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
We probably should report that the stock market is extremely volatile, going up and down apparently at random, but this is supposed to be a weekly news roundup, and stock market volatility hardly qualifies as news these days. There are, however, actual important things going on:
Thursday, August 22, 2019
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, there are some things, such as redistribution, that are permitted in an emergency, but not as a usual thing. Unfortunately, many people like to take the exception, and turn it into the rule.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
He is almost unknown today except among a small group of in-the-know devotees, but at one time the populist politician, spiritualist, novelist, and amateur scientist Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (1831-1901), “the Sage of Nininger,” was someone to be reckoned with. Among other things, he has been described as “America’s Prince of Cranks” and “the Apostle of Discontent.” (Walter Monfried, “America’s ‘Prince of Cranks’,” The Milwaukee Journal, May 15, 1953, 8.)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Many people today, regardless of their religious or philosophical persuasion, cannot tell the difference between a principle, especially an absolute principle, and the application of the principle. For example, in the Catholic Church the former is doctrine and cannot be changed even to meet greatly changed conditions, while the latter is discipline and must be changed to meet changing conditions.
Monday, August 19, 2019
Starting in the early 19802, Harold Channer did a series of television shows with Louis O. Kelso. Channer, who has one of the longest running public access television shows in the United States, has featured a number of innovative and pivotal figures whose significance the usual media outlets tend to ignore:
Friday, August 16, 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
On Tuesday, in the previous posting on this subject, we noted that the Jesuit publication America had run “The Catholic Case for Communism,” an article by Dean Dettloff, their correspondent in Toronto, Ontario, which not very subtly turned Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, into a shill for communism.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
As we noted in the previous posting on this subject, both capitalists and socialists managed to reinterpret Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum to fit their particular paradigms. The possibility that what Leo XIII was talking about was something entirely different does not appear to have occurred to many people.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
America magazine, a publication of the Jesuits, a Catholic religious Order, recently — July 23, 2019 — published an article by Dean Dettloff, America’s Toronto, Ontario, correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies. The article, “The Catholic Case for Communism,” is a graphic illustration of the problems associated with people projecting their own opinions on to individuals or groups they admire, whether the admired individuals or groups ever expressed sympathy with them, or even if they were opposed to them.