The Just Third Way

A Blog of the Global Justice Movement

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, VI: Conclusion

In this brief series we’ve again been looking at the issue of faith and reason.  As we’ve already known, the bottom line here is that there is massive confusion today (as there has been for centuries) over some very fundamental issues.  What is the role of the Church?  What is the role of the State?  Most immediately and importantly, what is the role of the human person?
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, V: The Question of Coercion


You know what the problem is with (other) people?  That’s right.  They. Just. Won’t. Do. What. I. Want. Them. To. Do.  All those stupid (other) people simply refuse to acknowledge that I know what’s best for them.  They just won’t do the right thing.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 28


As the global economic, social, and political situation continues to worsen, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that nothing can be done to halt the seemingly inevitable descent into chaos.  Fortunately, that is not the case.  The more unreasonable and nonsensical the situation appears, the more apparent it becomes that the only real and sustainable solution depends on a return to reason and common sense, and to begin study and implementation of the three principles of economic justice.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, IV: The Orthodox Position

So far we’ve stated the problem and summarized both the liberal and the conservative positions on the issue.  Today we look at what we’ve identified as the fundamental error of both the liberal and the conservative positions, and then give our opinion as to what we think is the correct or “orthodox” position.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, III: The Conservative Position


Yesterday we summarized the liberal Catholic position.  Today we will summarize the conservative Catholic position in this whole faith versus reason issue.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, II: The Liberal Position


Yesterday we began a series on tradition, faith, and reason in government and organized religion.  We decided to focus on organized religion, specifically the Catholic Church, since the issue seems more clear cut there than in most institutions.  Today we’ll look at the liberal Catholic position.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, I: General Statement of the Problem


Last week we received an e-mail containing a link to an article in Crisis magazine by Dr. James Kalb, “A Vindication of Tradition.”  We thought the article was good, but also that the question of tradition is somewhat more complex than Dr. Kalb suggests in his article.  The debate over tradition is part of a much larger problem that has wreaked havoc in both civil society (the State) under the name of positivism, and religious society (organized religion, i.e., “the Church”) under the name of modernism, at least in the Catholic Church.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 27


The financial and political powers-that-be throughout the world remain baffled by the fact that you can’t get out of debt by spending more money that you don’t have, and you can’t consume what is not produced in the first place.  We think that the Just Third Way might have a few answers to this odd situation, but the problem is getting people to open doors for us so that we can surface leaders to carry the message:
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Ex-Im Bank Bafflement, III: Reforming the System


Despite all the baggage and misconceptions that have been loaded on to the term, we can look to the laws and characteristics of social justice for guidance in what to do with the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  First and foremost, of course, the goal of social justice is not the destruction of institutions or the social order, even if we believe with all our hearts and souls that is the only way to build new, presumably more just institutions and a social order.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Ex-Im Bank Bafflement, II: The Ex(pedient) Import Bank


In yesterday’s posting, we noted that we do not believe that it is a proper function of government to be engaging in commercial activity.  We also noted, however, that not everything is black and white.  Especially in today’s society, in which so many people lack knowledge of fundamentals, such as basic principles of reason and justice, our institutions have become flawed to the point of incomprehensibility.  Many institutions no longer serve their original function, or serve them in ways that have results the complete opposite of what was intended.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Ex-Im Bank Bafflement, I: What IS It?


One thing is painfully clear from all the brouhaha over the Export-Import (“Ex-Im”) Bank of the United States, a government agency that promotes exports of U.S. products by providing financing and loan guarantees.  That is that virtually no one involved in the debate has any idea whatsoever what a commercial or mercantile bank is or does.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Pope Francis, Capitalism, and War, II: The Just Third Way Peace Plan


Last week we looked at the questions Pope Francis has been raising, what to do in the short term about the increasingly serious problems that are being raised, and whether capitalism (or socialism) could really bring peace or a lasting solution to poverty.  Frankly, increasing charity and redistribution, while essential at present, can in no way be considered any kind of a solution.
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Friday, July 4, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 26


Possibly because of the three-day weekend due to Independence Day falling on a Friday, there hasn’t been too much news this week.  Still, many important advances are being made:
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pope Francis, Capitalism, and War, I: Can Capitalism Stop War?


A June 20, 2014 article in the British financial periodical The Economist, “Francis, Capitalism, and War: The Pope’s Divisions,” was a pleasantly positive spin on a subject with which many people have difficulties.  We were especially impressed that the author agreed, that whatever his economic expertise or lack thereof, Pope Francis is asking the right questions, and that his insights deserve serious discussion and consideration.
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