Friday, September 24, 2010

News from the Network, Vol. 3, No. 38

We only have a little news this week, but it is significant. Given yet one more premature announcement that the recession (depression) is over, it is important not to give in to the pressures exerted to "go along to get along." Also, as the realization begins to hit that nothing has changed and, in fact, is getting worse — despite (or maybe because of) the performance of the stock market (now on a rapid growth streak despite the performance of the economy and the unemployment rate) — it's important that we keep working to get the word on the Just Third Way to door openers and prime movers.
• We were deeply saddened this week to learn of the death of Dr. Raphael Waters on August 26, 2010, founder of the Aquinas School of Philosophy in Buffalo, New York and long time friend and supporter of CESJ. Dr. Waters, an expert in the natural moral law that provides the foundation of Catholic social teaching and the Just Third Way, did his doctoral thesis on participation in God's Knowledge, i.e., the Intellect instead of the Will as the basis of the natural moral law. He will be greatly missed.

• On Wednesday, Norman Kurland attended a symposium at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, on John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich von Hayek. Taking with him copies of CESJ's new edition of Harold Moulton's The Formation of Capital, Norm was able to ask the first question when the floor was opened up. Norm got copies of The Formation of Capital to Dr. Paul Boettke, a professor at George Mason University, and Fernando Menéndez of the Atlas Foundation, who commented that "it would be good for South America."

• Lic. José Recinos is close to being offered a contract to advise the new Minister of Finance in Guatemala on monetary and fiscal policy from the perspective of the Just Third Way. Joe plans on getting copies of The Formation of Capital as well as an outline of the Capital Homestead Act to the minister at the first opportunity.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 40 different countries and 40 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, the UK, Canada, Brazil, and India. People in Bangladesh, the United States, Italy, New Zealand, and Ireland spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular posting is the one on "The New Banking Rules," followed by "The Case for the 'Repeal Amendment'," "Who Shall Decide When Doctors Disagree?" "CESJ's Orientation in Brief," and, finally, the "Common Currency" posting on the Holy Roman Empire.
Those are the happenings for this week, at least that we know about. If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we'll see that it gets into the next "issue." If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you. All comments are moderated anyway, so we'll see it before it goes up.

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