Things are shaping up well to make 2012 the Year of Capital Homesteading. A number of initiatives to reach prime movers have moved forward exceptionally well, and there has been an increasing level of media outreach. Mostly this has been on radio, with Norman Kurland getting several interviews on nearly a dozen different radio shows across the country, including Build Your Wealth, The Challenge, The Meshorn Daniels Show, and Tuesdays With Tormala, and even Michael Greaney appeared on Russell Williams's The Challenge out of Hartford, Connecticut and The Skip Mahaffey Show out of Tampa Bay, Florida.
As for other initiatives:
• Work is progressing on the web-based "Capital Homesteading Education and Marketing Campaign." Cartoonist Bert Dodson is working on how to present some rather esoteric ideas in picture form, while Dave Kelly is working on developing some scripts on the subjects, "Where's the Money Going to Come from?" and "The Joe Lunchbucket Story."
• Michael Cong has completed his work in Hawaii with the Japan-America Institute of Management Science in Honolulu. He received a high grade on his work, and reported that the professor sounded very interested in the Just Third Way. Michael is now ready to begin work on revising the Chinese translation of Curing World Poverty. We have completed our first run-through of the revision of the English language version, and expect to complete the next phase before the end of January.
• Monica W. has been wending her way through the non-profit and political bureaucratic labyrinth in Cleveland. She reported that she has been referred to Neighborhood Housing Services and the Thriving Community Institute. The issue was raised whether progress might pick up after the New Year when people are more prepared to focus on new ideas and solutions to old problems.
• CESJ obtained a DVD of some talks by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren on "How to Read a Book." The DVD is available on the website of the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas, and is available for a $24.95 donation plus $5.00 shipping anywhere in the world. It is well worth the money, and will leave you nodding your head in agreement — and shaking your head at the condition of today's educational system. You might even pick up a few pointers on how to read a book.
• Russell Williams has been moving forward with arranging for a Summit on Economic Justice to take place in Waterbury, Connecticut, in the middle of January.
• We have received some endorsements for A Plea for Peasant Proprietors by William Thomas Thornton. Consider sending us your own endorsement, posting a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or both.
• Bestselling author William Greider had a conversation this past week with Norman Kurland. They discussed the importance of dealing with the money and credit issue in light of the current global situation. Greider asked about the Just Third Way take on chartalism, or "Modern Monetary Theory."
• 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, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. People in Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Germany, Australia, and Poland spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "It's the Academics v. the Politicians . . . v. Economic Reality, Part I: Accounting," "Orestes Brownson and Socialism, I: The Evil," "Aristotle on Private Property," and "Orestes Brownson and Socialism, II: The Civil War."
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.