Friday, October 21, 2011

News from the Network, Vol. 4, No. 42

We could go on (and on) about how, now that the Powers-that-Be have agreed to bail out Greece . . . again (we've lost count of the number of times this problem has been "solved" over the past two years using the same flawed paradigm), but it would be much more productive to let you know about the great strides movement members have been making across the country, and even around the globe:

• Norman Kurland is being interviewed today at 4 pm EDST by Rick Tormala, noted host of radio's Tuesdays With Tormala in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rick was asking about Norm's take on the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, and how well it ties in — if at all — to the goals and principles of the Just Third Way.

• In Cleveland, Monica and Jackie having been making great strides. They met with Matt Zone, a city councilman. He is interested in eco-villages and green development. As a result of the meeting he expressed interest in the Just Third Way, and referred Monica and Jackie to his advisors. They will be presenting material on the HEC and the CLB and, most important, hope to persuade Zone and his team to support an effort to have the Cleveland city council adopt a resolution supporting the Declaration of Monetary Justice.

• Monica also attended an "ESOP" Conference, ESOP in this case standing for "Empowering and Strengthening Ohio People." She had already met with Jimmie Jones, who handles ESOP's community liaison. He became interested by what he heard, and had her invited to the conference. The keynote speaker at the conference was Richard Cordray, former Attorney General for the State of Ohio, and will be coming in to the Obama administration as a consumer advocate.

• Monica's and Jackie's efforts demonstrate that, while federal law obviously cannot be changed at the state or local level, a great deal can be done to help states and municipalities show support for the Just Third Way by adopting resolutions supporting the Declaration of Monetary Justice.

• Monica and Jackie will also be meeting soon with a priest in Cleveland who is interested in the eco-village movement.

• Dan Moore will be meeting with two Ohio state senators. Dan says he will work to get the senators on board with getting a resolution supporting the Declaration of Monetary Justice adopted by the Ohio legislature.

• The final stages of work are almost completed on CESJ's republication of William Thomas Thornton's economic justice classic, A Plea for Peasant Proprietors. If the book is well received, the years to come could see the republication of some of Thornton's other works in CESJ's Economic Justice Classics series. Norman Kurland, Dawn Brohawn and Rowland Brohawn are investing a great deal of time into what has become a major project within a very short time. Special note should be made of the fact that, until this week, all of the work was done outside of "CESJ time."

• Work is accelerating on the revision of Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen. It is, obviously, much more of a task to rewrite a book than simply add commentary to an existing work. Nevertheless, we still hope to have the first rewrite completed before the end of November.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 53 different countries and 48 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, the Philippines, and Bulgaria. People in Poland, Australia, Egypt, the United States, and the Phillipines spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "Aristotle on Private Property," "The Perils of Ignoring History," "The Paradox of Thrift," and "Zombie Bot Slaves from Mars."

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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