Friday, September 26, 2008

News from the Network, Vol. 1, No. 5

The worse things get for the economy, the better they get for news — especially when it's news about a viable solution. The crisis has spurred a great deal of interest in our proposals, most notably the Homeowners' Equity Corporation, and Capital Homesteading in general. Here's what's been happening this past week:

• Third party presidential candidate Alan Keyes has evidently been hearing what we've been saying. Guy Stevenson reports that on Tuesday night, 09/16/08, a participant in a conference call asked Dr. Keyes about the possibility of putting the assets of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or any of the other nationalized companies into the Social Security Trust Fund. Dr. Keyes responded by stating that there is no "Social Security Trust Fund"; that the system is bankrupt. After some other statements, Dr. Keyes declared that, in contrast to what was being offered by others, "there is a Just Third Way," a third choice in this year's election. Own it or be owned." We can't prove that Dr. Keyes got his terminology or slogan from us (ours is "Own or be owned," slightly different), but the juxtaposition of "Just Third Way" with a (near) echo of our catch phrase may not be coincidental.

• Rowland Brohawn has developed some promotional material for any candidate in the United States who is willing to make Capital Homesteading a plank in his or her platform. If you're a candidate for public office, send CESJ an inquiry about this unique "stock certificate" that can be exchanged for a piece of the action once a Capital Homestead Act is passed. Three candidates from across the political spectrum have already expressed a great deal of interest in this item.

• Last Saturday Michael D. Greaney attended a presentation by Mr. Laurence Simms of the Irish Embassy in Washington, DC. The Virginia State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America sponsored the talk, which was reported on this blog.

• On Tuesday, Norman G. Kurland attended a presentation at the New America Foundation. Afterwards he visited a number of Congressional and Senatorial offices, leaving material about the Just Third Way.

• On Wednesday, Norman G. Kurland attended a meeting of concerned Republicans in Northern Virginia and presented the Homeowners' Equity Corporation ("HEC") concept, in addition to Capital Homesteading. Both concepts aroused a great deal of interest.

• Economic Justice Media, CESJ's publishing imprint, has received the proof copy of its latest publication, In Defense of Human Dignity, by Michael D. Greaney. We expect that the book will be available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble sometime after mid-October, while bulk orders in quantities of 25 or more copies can be placed at any time with CESJ, to be shipped when printed. Send inquiries about bulk orders (again, minimum of 25 copies) to Michael D. Greaney at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org. The cover price is $20.00 (US), with a 20% discount on bulk orders, plus shipping.

• Jether Jacomini, Jr. in Saõ Paulo, Brazil, has created two new blogs: "Os Novos Capitalistas" and "A Justa Terceira Via." He plans on translating and posting selections from this blog, to which we've invited him to add anything he sees of interest on the CESJ web site, or that of the Global Justice Movement. We've also asked him to send news items that relate to the Just Third Way or a JTW solution . . . if he can send them in English.

• As of this morning, we've had visitors from 23 countries and 41 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. Not surprisingly, our most popular postings are on the current financial crisis and what can be done about it.

As usual, there are a great many other news items that we haven't heard about because you haven't submitted them. If you're tired of reading about what we're doing, let's hear from you. If you have a SHORT item about how you are advancing the Just Third Way, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org.

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Jan Baker said...

Currently I'm not doing anything for a Just Third Way except to sputter at the television--oh, and unplug appliances with memory, to lower energy costs for all. It's so frustrating. Oh and pray the rosary.

Could anyone comment with authority about the bail-out plan? Are there any elements at all that might provide for the distribution of ownership? Could anyone comment about the details of what made the plan fall apart that democrats are averring that McCain killed? Does anyone know what that plan was? Does anyone know what details McCain is trying to change?

Michael D. Greaney said...

At this point (09/29/08) I'm not sure anybody, especially Congress, knows what is going on. If you ask me (which you did), I'd say that the federal government should do with its new portfolio of residential properties exactly what it did with the portfolio of land it held in the 19th century: distribute it via a new kind of homestead act, providing no-cost credit for people to purchase homes via a "rent to own" arrangement through a Homeowners' Equity Corporation.