Friday, December 10, 2010

News from the Network, Vol. 3, No. 49

As we get closer to year-end, it seems that "action" slows down, while meetings and regulatory requirements speed up . . . just as you need the time to prepare for the holidays (or, depending on your preference, hide from them). Consequently, this has been a week of meetings (boring to read about, but critically important), and report preparation (boring to read about and important only in the eyes of the bureaucrats who impose the requirements).

That being the case, we might as well jump right in and list what we've been able to accomplish this week to advance the Just Third Way:

• On Tuesday of this week we had a very good meeting with Mr. Dave Kelly (and it's "Kelly," not "King" as this writer for some reason insisted on calling him in a couple of e-mails). Mr. King is involved in the effort to restore the land around Harris Neck, Georgia, to its original owners or their heirs. The land was originally taken during the Second World War for an airstrip, found to be unsuitable, and eventually turned over to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. The F&WC is now asserting that to return the land to the people who owned it before it was taken away — most descended from former slaves — would irreparably harm a critically needed feature in the local ecology. It is unclear how a proposed airstrip would not have done so, or how returning the land to its original owners and use would.

• On Wednesday, Norman Kurland and Michael Greaney attended an Atlas/FreedomWorks function on Capitol Hill on "Sound Money and America's Global Economic Leadership." We were able to speak to a few people afterwards and distribute some copies of Dr. Harold Moulton's book, The Formation of Capital (1935), but it is not certain if or to what extent, if any, the message got through.

• The president of the Catholic Radio Association has invited a CESJ "delegation" to a reception on January 21, 2011 at the Catholic University of America, at which producers and radio station owners will be present, so that CESJ can help introduce its principles of economic and social justice to a broader audience.

• The president of the Catholic Radio Association also gave us the name of a possible contact in the media in Georgia who might be interested in the Harris Neck project.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 60 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, Canada, Brazil, and Ireland. People in Japan, the United States, Pakistan, Finland 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 Aristotle on private property, "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "Preventable Disasters" about the Irish crisis, and News from the Network.
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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