Friday, October 5, 2012

News from the Network, Vol. 5, No. 40

Shades of (Snopes verified) "Evil Bert," who appeared on a poster collage among (other) supporters of Osama Bin Laden at a protest rally in Pakistan. Romney has demonstrated his terrorist leanings by picking on Big Bird. Will the horror never end?

Actually . . . yes. All we need do is enact Capital Homesteading, and the candidates can trash any fictional character they like — and maybe some people might even find them important enough to listen to. What can you do to help bring about this happy state of affairs? Here's what we're doing:

• Somewhat to our surprise, since we started posting on such "boring" subjects as "Quantitative Easing" and "Quas Primas" the number of "page views" on this blog has quadrupled. Either there's something special about the letter Q, or the issues addressed by the Just Third Way and our particular approach take on more relevance as the election draws closer. Perhaps there's something to be said about Capital Homesteading.

• We are making a more intensive effort to reach out to prime movers and the gatekeepers to prime movers. This is becoming increasingly critical as the election draws nearer, and in light of the somewhat lackluster showing by both candidates in Wednesday night's debate — in which there doesn't seem to have been much debated, other than whose platitudes sound better.

• We mentioned a short time ago that we had acquired two books originally published in the mid-1840s relating to the Banking School and the British Bank Charter Act of 1844. What was brought forcibly to mind when reading the books is the fact that, despite the incoherent theories advanced by the champions of the Currency School, notably Sir Robert Peel and Lord Overstone, the Currency School had the political power to force through an Act that embodied an understanding of money and credit that has been an absolute disaster, financially, politically, and economically for over a century and a half. The Banking School people were generally consistent in their basic theory, but tended to quibble over details until it was too late, i.e., after the Act was law, and did not have a political strategy, evidently believing the rightness of their ideas and the obvious flaws in the Currency School system were enough. They weren't.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 55 different countries and 49 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 United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. People in Taiwan, Estonia, Portugal, Hungary, and Australia spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "Aristotle on Private Property," "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "Distributist Classics — and More!," "Raw Judicial Power: Dodge v. Ford Motor Company," and "Own the Fed, Part I."

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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