Friday, September 20, 2013

News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 38


Some pundits are claiming that Americans are accepting greater government control over their own lives in order to avoid “another meltdown.” This is news to us.  We weren’t aware that the first meltdown had managed to cool and congeal.

The problem is that, unless ordinary people are put in the position of regaining some power, the power of government over every aspect of life will continue to increase.  People can complain all they want, but “Power naturally and necessarily follows property,” so until there is an aggressive program of expanded capital ownership, all the complaining in the world will amount to nothing more than “meaningless noise.”

To counter this, and to raise people’s consciousness about the need for Capital Homesteading or something similar, here’s what we’ve been doing:

• Again, 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.

• CESJ’s monthly executive committee meeting was yesterday.  Most attendees were able to participate via teleconferencing.  Afterwards a lunch featuring chicken paprikash was served.

• Marketing of Freedom Under God is going very well.  Bulk orders have come in from Canada and Australia, as well as the United States.  Review copies have been sent to places as far away as Argentina.  We’re planning on putting together a “teacher’s guide” to help people understand concepts that are no longer within current patterns of thought.

• Tomasz Pompowski in Perth, Australia, is starting a “Just Third Way Information Centre” that will have a library of Just Third Way materials.  He and his wife are already running fundraisers.

• September 17 was the “feast” of St. Robert Bellarmine.  Bellarmine’s political thought was critical in the development of Pius XI’s completed doctrine of social virtue, which is the basis of the act of social justice.  Bellarmine’s thought is also believed to have had a strong influence on America’s Founding Fathers, both directly and indirectly, through John Locke and Algernon Sidney.

• This past Saturday Norman Kurland met with Bill Still, the noted commentator on money.  While the monetary theory of the Just Third Way is substantially different from that used by Mr. Still (we are “banking school” and he is “currency school”), the four-hour meeting revealed that there are many areas in which fruitful discussion could occur.  Dave Hamill was the motive force in setting up the meeting, and gives us all an example of how persistence pays off.

• This week we sent a letter about Capital Homesteading to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.  Some might protest that such things are a waste of time, and why should we, who promote the sovereignty of the individual, kowtow to a “royal” who’s only a figurehead, anyway?  It’s like the man who used to run around his house wearing nothing but a top hat.  “Why don’t you wear clothes at home?” somebody asked him.  “Nobody ever comes to see me,” he replied.  “Then what’s with the top hat?”  “Well, you never know. . . .”

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 56 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, Canada, Australia, and India. The most popular postings this past week were “The Fulton Sheen ‘Guy’,” “News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 34,”  “Avoiding Monetary Meltdown, II: Salmon P. Chase and the Greenbacks,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” and “‘Long Lost’ Book by Fulton Sheen Rediscovered.”

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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