Monday, December 8, 2008

News from the Network, Vol. 1, No. 15

(Technical difficulties prevented this posting from going up on Friday.) This week started off on a sad note when we received word on Monday of the death of Rich Biernacki, long-time CESJ member and Counselor. Rich's life, however, was well-spent, and serves as a continuing inspiration in our efforts to implement and maintain the Just Third Way. Thus, even though things tend to slow down at this time of year as people focus on other matters (especially the coming transition to a new president in the United States), there have been a few indications of progress, within the movement, if not without.
• We are still receiving positive feedback from Norman Kurland's brief talk on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Washington, DC, "End the Fed" rally. A video clip of the event can be seen here.

• On Tuesday, December 2, 2008, we sent out a CESJ tribute on Rich Biernacki. This, too, has generated some very positive comments as people begin to realize the true significance of Rich's career, and the loss to the movement.

• Sales of our latest book, In Defense of Human Dignity, remain steady. While the book is written from a Catholic perspective, it seems to be resonating with people from other faith traditions, reinforcing the fact that the natural law is the common denominator and provides the universal principles on which society must be restructured. The book can be ordered from Amazon.

• In response to the posting on the crisis in the Irish pension system, CESJ friend Chris O'Connor, Financial Secretary of the Colonel John Fitzgerald Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, suggested that we send copies of Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen (Amazon and Barnes & Noble) to members of Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (Senate). This is the sort of creative suggestion we need and, although we cannot at this time afford to send hardcopies of the book, we are preparing an e-mailing to go out with links to the e-text. We will send bound copies of the book to half-a-dozen party heads, along with a small package of materials demonstrating that Capital Homesteading is not only based on sound principles, but that the principles have time-tested "real world" applications. Adoption of Capital Homesteading in Ireland would be an ideal way for the people of Ireland to "pay back" the United States for the traditional friendship, unity, and charity between the two republics, lighting the way to a more just social and economic order for America's more timid politicians and policymakers, and providing a rational (i.e., non-Keynesian) plan to end the current financial crisis.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 31 different countries and 42 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months.
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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