We’re having a little trouble trying to figure out why the stock market is up in light of the poor jobs data, the whole Syria thing, and just about anything else you care to mention. On the plus side, Freedom Under God has been released and is now available for bulk/wholesale (i.e., ten or more copies) sales. [UPDATE: NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON] [FURTHER UPDATE: NOW AVAILABLE ON BARNES AND NOBLE]
• The big news is that a short time ago we released Freedom Under God for printing. CESJ is now taking bulk/wholesale orders (please, no individual sales). Until December 31, 2013, the per unit price for 10-99 copies is $16.00 (20% discount), for 100-499 copies is $14.00 (30% discount), for 500-999 copies is $12.00 (40% discount), and for 1,000 or more copies is $10.00 (50% discount). Shipping is extra. Send an e-mail to “publications [at] cesj [dot] org” stating how many copies you want and the street address (no P. O. Boxes) where you want them delivered. We will get back to you with the total cost, how to pay, and estimated delivery time. All payments must be made in advance, and orders are placed only after payment clears.
• We are developing a program whereby people can help a school, church, or some other organization raise money by having a “book fair” featuring CESJ and UVM publications. Up-front costs are kept down by first selling the books to customers, collecting the payment, then buying the books in bulk. More details will follow as we work them out.
• A short time ago we mentioned the deleterious effect that the late Howard Zinn had on American academia and, through the Groves of Academe, on the whole of American society, breeding generations of students and academics with an incredible loathing for America. We mentioned the virtual canonization of this misanthropic atheist by, e.g., parts of the Catholic Worker Movement and other groups. We expected to be hit with a number of complaints for daring to criticize one of the patron saints of vitriol and vindictiveness, but (much to our surprise), we didn’t hear anything. Instead, our mention of the horrifying effect that Zinn and similar people have had on American culture has become one of our most popular postings. Perhaps all anyone needed was evidence that they weren’t alone in questioning the spite and the malice that pervades the circles frequented by so-called intellectuals.
• With the anticipated success of Freedom Under God, a significant number of other important publications and other projects may become possible. Consider making a contribution to CESJ that can be designated for a project revolving fund. We will work out some level of “premiums,” such as free books, depending on the level of contribution. Contributions are tax deductible in the U.S.
• Purely by coincidence, we received our office copy of Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West, to which CESJ’s Director of Research contributed a number of articles. The Encyclopedia would make a very good addition to high school and college libraries . . . after purchasing numerous copies of Freedom Under God, of course. . . .
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 71 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, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and India. The most popular postings this past week were “Shakespeare Speaks! (Again),” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 34,” “If You Have a Free Moment,” and “The Fulton Sheen ‘Guy’.”
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.