Today was the annual rally outside the Federal Reserve in Washington DC, which accounts for the truncated news items this week — both because virtually all the activity was geared toward preparing for the rally and tomorrow's anniversary celebration, and it is itself the biggest news item of the week:
• The list of speakers, while somewhat reduced due to last minute emergencies, was impressive. The agenda started off with an invocation from the Rev. Robert Brantley, calling on everyone to work for justice to achieve peace.
• Following Rev. Brantley's opening, Norman Kurland gave the keynote talk, emphasizing the reasons for "targeting" the Federal Reserve and calling on Chairman Bernanke to take some effective action and start working to reform the Federal Reserve and work for the passage of a Capital Homestead Act by 2012..
• Right after Norm's talk, Eileen Mpofu of London gave an insightful commentary about the need for all people of the world to unite peacefully to gain the power that property confers on owners. She reported that she and her husband, Pollant, have been making tremendous efforts to bring the ideas of the Just Third Way to the attention of politicians and central banking authorities in the U.K. and in South Africa.
• Wendy Willibanks Wiesner then gave a talk on the importance of everyone coming together to advance the Just Third Way. Ms. Wiesner's talk was especially interesting as she comes from a "typical" capitalist environment, and has studied conventional economics.
• Michael D. Greaney spoke briefly on the turning points in Federal Reserve history, and how now we are at another one.
• Dawn Brohawn read a statement sent in by Barbara "Belle" Olson of Nevada, giving the perspective of the necessity for Capital Homesteading for older people on a limited income. Dawn then gave her own talk on the importance of Capital Homesteading as the only feasible way of which we know to achieve Capital Homesteading.
• Harriet Epstein spoke briefly on the importance of Capital Homesteading as a supplement, and even a replacement for Social Security from the perspective of someone who has worked with the elderly.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 47 different countries and 44 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, the UK, India, and Poland. People in Kenya Venezuela, Germany, Ireland and Guatemala spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular posting this past week was once again "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," followed by "Aristotle on Private Property," "The Wrath of Keynes, or, The Fall of the House of Hayek," "The New Manifest Destiny," and "De Tocqueville on Wage Slavery in America."
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.