Friday, December 3, 2010

News from the Network, Vol. 3, No. 48

Action that most people would regard as obvious has been a little thin this week, but we've been making great strides in developing our outreach. A number of outreach and door-opening initiatives have begun, while we're following through on others. Bottom line: given the current world situation, this may be the "Just Third Way 'Moment'" by means of which we finally get our message out to where it will do the most good: the people forgotten or discarded by the system, and the frenzy to promote "economic recovery" in which the only thing recovered is the mountain of paper profits by the rich. Ordinary people are still left holding the bag.

Be that as it may, and although we're tempted to start a lengthy discourse on how is it possible to have "economic recovery" when jobs are disappearing left and right, and even the phony "official" unemployment rate is rising, here's the "short list" of what we've been doing to try and wake up the powers-that-be to some sense of reality and responsibility:

• We sent out letters to Reinhard Cardinal Marx of Munich and Freising and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin drawing their attention to the potential of Capital Homesteading as a possible solution to the latest European debt crisis.

• Mr. Pollant Mpofu of London has sent letters and e-mails to key political figures in Éire and the U.K. in an effort to present them with the possibilities inherent in Capital Homesteading.

• Mr. Mpofu is currently working to meet with a number of ambassadors of African countries to communicate the potential of Capital Homesteading to their respective heads of state.

• Mr. Guy Stevenson of Iowa has been sending links to postings from this blog around to his network, stirring up a great deal of discussion and interest in the Just Third Way.

• This morning we sent, via Mr. Mpofu, a letter to Mr. Jimmy Kelly, Irish Regional Secretary of Unite, a trade union in Éire and the U.K., suggesting an initiative to push for Capital Homesteading as an alternative to the union's call for a national strike.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 59 different countries and 50 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, Brazil, Canada, and India. People in Japan, the United States, Pakistan, Argentina and Venezuela spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular posting remains Norman Kurland's tribute to Robert P. Woodman, followed by "Keynesian Economics is Socialism Lite," "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "Preventable Disasters" about the Irish crisis, and Aristotle on private property.
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.



Danie Kurland said...

Mike, I can imagine it must get a little frustrating to be so prolific and to have so few people listening. Not that 50 states and all the other countries are totally insignificant, but really, shouldn't the money be pouring in?

I'm reminded of what Les Brown said about people who won't change: "There was a dog who was sitting on a nail, whining and crying. Why, because it wasn't hurting bad enough.

Today, I posted some comments about problems that I see in education that might interest you at

Michael D. Greaney said...

There's a line in the song, "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" that goes, "They just stood there and stared/And they turned all their faces away."

The point was that no one wanted to face the unpleasant truth about what really happened to "the Great Fallen" and at Gallipoli, so they ignored it and pretended it didn't happen.

Similarly, it's not that people are satisfied with the way things are now, but 1) they don't understand what we're talking about, 2) are not willing to shake themselves out of comfortable thought patterns, however painful their situation may be, and 3) this lack of understanding engenders terrible fears ... the worst of which is that we might be right, which means that whatever it is to which they've devoted their lives, even if nothing more than supporting or surviving within a badly structured system, has been a "waste."

Correctly understood, of course, no bad experience is ever "wasted," but is something from which we learn. The problem is that you can't learn if you're ego gets in the way. People become more concerned with being "right" than in seeking and finding truth. If you can bury an unpleasant truth, then you can continue to be "right" and don't suffer any loss of face. "I'd Rather Be Right" is not just the name of George M. Cohan's last stage play, it's a rule of life for many people ... except that they redefine "being right" as "not being embarrassed by being shown to be wrong."