Friday, April 27, 2012

News from the Network, Vol. 5, No. 17

This cycle's crop of candidates for office seem to be more intent on proving how evil and stupid The Other Guy is than in coming forward with something that will solve the growing problems we face today, both in the United States and abroad. That being the case, it is important that everyone in the Just Third Way movement start looking to see if there's any way to start opening doors to prime movers or potential prime movers — or even to people who can get us to people who can open the door to a prime mover. In our efforts to leave no stone unturned in our quest for economic and social justice, here's what we've been doing this week:

• This has been mostly a winding down week from the intense activity of last week that had the eighth annual rally at the Federal Reserve, the annual meeting and celebration of CESJ (Twenty-eight years and still going) and our usual client work and other mundania.

• We are preparing an informal guide to help people focus on the door-opening initiative so critical to bringing the Just Third Way to the attention of prime movers and potential prime movers. We hope to have something drafted next week.

• We are initiating contact with some of the local colleges and universities to discuss the possibility of having interns, either during the summer or during the school year. Especially in an election year we have a number of projects from which both CESJ and the interns would benefit greatly.

• A number of new contacts have come forward interested in how to advance the Just Third Way within the current system. At present, this means the "JBM S-Corp ESOP," the closest thing in the law to the Just Third Way, somewhat analogous to a Capital Homestead Act within a single company. We hope to prepare a guide showing the advantages a JBM S-Corp ESOP has over regular S-Corp ESOPs and C-Corp ESOPs.

• Reaction to many of the recent postings on this blog has been very favorable, and is reflected in a measurable increase in readership.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 63 different countries and 51 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, India, and Pakistan. People in the Netherlands Antilles, Mexico, France, the United States, and Hong Kong spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "Guide to Capital Homesteading," "Aristotle on Private Property," Network News, and "The Keynesian Cargo Cult: Rot Bilong Keynes."

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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