Friday, October 25, 2013

News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 43


Just because we took off a day and a half to spend some time in Pennsylvania last week doesn’t meant nothing’s been happening in the Just Third Way.  There are some very significant happenings:

Let the Battle Begin.  We have “reverted” the Binary Economics entry in the Wikipedia to an earlier version to which various CESJ members had input.  Given the demonstrated lack of understanding of the fundamental differences between binary economics and “mainstream” schools, we expect that the Wiki editor who deleted “our” version will do so again.  Assuming that will be happening regularly until our account is blackballed, it would be helpful if other binary economists would 1) add their own edits when they think something is unclear, 2) feel free to revert to the correct version when (we don’t bother with saying “if”) the editor once again deletes “our” version.  Having more people correct his attacks will not only baffle him, it will make it harder to blame any specific contributor for daring to disagree with him.  To be able to edit, you don’t even need to have a Wikipedia account, although it might be better if you do.  All you have to do is sign in, then, and press the “undo” link in this “history” tab, then go to “talk” and say briefly why you did it.  If you’re polite, you’ll make the people who insist on making changes based on a complete misunderstanding of binary economics appear even more rude and ignorant.

• 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 offers a 10% commission on the retail cover price on bulk sales of publications.  If you broker a deal with, for example, a school or civic organization that buys a publication in bulk (i.e., ten copies or more of a single title), you receive a commission once a transaction has been completed to the satisfaction of the customer.  Thus, if you get your club or school to purchase, say, ten cases of Freedom Under God (280 copies) or any other CESJ or UVM publication, the organization would pay CESJ $3,920.00 (280 copies x $20 per copy, less a 30% discount), plus shipping (the commission is calculated on the retail cost only, not the shipping).  You would receive $560.00.  Send an e-mail to “publications [at] cesj [dot] org” for copies of flyers of CESJ and UVM publications.  (CESJ project participants and UVM shareholders are not eligible for commissions.)

• Norman Kurland gave a lecture on expanded ownership at Salisbury University on Monday of this week.  While the attendance was relatively small, it gave promise of greater things to come.  In a bit of serendipity, a relation of a participant in one of our for-profit’s biggest clients was in the class, and said it was very enlightening and extremely useful.

• On Thursday, Norman Kurland and Jerry Peloquin had a meeting with a citizens’ group in the District of Columbia who are concerned with a plan to turn a sizable plot of real estate in the District over to for-profit developers at no cost.  From the Just Third Way perspective, of course, all the citizens of the District, not just a few developers or even just people in the neighborhood, should benefit from development.  There might even be a way to start integrating the “resident homeless” population (if that’s not an oxymoron) back into the community.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 61 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 South Africa. The most popular postings this past week were “Aristotle on Private Property,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “Apocalypse Now?” 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.

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