Friday, November 1, 2013

News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 44


Every day it becomes more and more obvious that only the Just Third Way holds the promise of a solution for the unabated stream (call it a river) of crises afflicting the world that never seems to end.

If you don’t know what else to do, pay a visit to the CESJ website, download the free materials, and start your course of study.  Then you’ll know what to do.  In the meantime:

• Last Friday, after we “went to press,” we received the following endorsement of Freedom Under God: “With the many recent challenges to religious liberty in the United States, the reprinting of Freedom Under God by Archbishop Fulton Sheen is very timely.  Archbishop Sheen’s insights from nearly seventy years ago continue to be applicable to understanding the problem that we are facing in our modern day.  I am hopeful that this rediscovered treasure will be a helpful resource in the struggle to protect and restore this fundamental right.” — Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois.

• Earlier today, we got another endorsement on Amazon.  The title is a little long: “If more had taken this . . . book to heart in the 73 years since it was published, we wouldn't be in such dire straits today.”  It’s almost longer than the review itself: “Guy Stevenson and the Center for Economic and Social Justice have done an excellent public service by republishing this book. Our nation could benefit from thousands of folks of good will, well-grounded in America's Principles, getting on the ballot at every level. We could turn our nation back onto a better path very quickly. You won't regret reading Freedom Under God.” — Steve Schulin, Candidate for City Council, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

• And, lest we forget, here are some photo endorsements of the book from Fulton himself — and his name really is “Fulton”!  (And are you going to tell us that you can resist that face?  Buy a case of 28 today, and let us know "Fulton sent me."  You'll get 28 copies of a great book, and make some worthy people very happy.)

• 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.)

• On Wednesday of this week, Norman Kurland and Jerry Peloquin had a meeting with a state legislator in Maryland.  The meeting went very well — twenty minutes expanded to forty-five, and might have gone longer had it not been for another meeting that had already been scheduled.  The legislator was very positive about the elements of the Just Third Way Norm presented.

• CESJ just received a donation of papers relating to Louis Kelso and his work.  These were collected over the course of many years by CESJ member Barbara Olson.  Now comes the task of cataloging the material.  By the way, CESJ has many volunteer opportunities available. . . .

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 65 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 United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. The most popular postings this past week were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “The Fulton Sheen ‘Guy’,” and “Apocalypse Now?”

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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