Friday, February 14, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 07


The new CESJ website is launched! Kudos to CESJ Director of Communications Dawn K. Brohawn for all her work in bringing this major effort to fruition.  If you go to the CESJ website and it looks the same as ever, just hit the “refresh” button, and you’re in for a treat.  All of your existing links should work.

After that, you might still be interested in other news items:

Note the door opener on the right
• A number of meetings scheduled for this past week did not come off due to the weather. Fortunately, the meetings were postponed rather than cancelled.  This does, however, tend to cut in to the news items, since presenting the Just Third Way involves a great deal of networking. If you want to help advance the Just Third Way, start opening doors for Norman Kurland to meet and talk with key people and prime movers.  Just two pieces of advice: 1) Don’t ask us to open the door ourselves; a “third party” endorsement often works where a direct approach is seen as “self-promotion.” 2) Don’t try to make the sale yourself (see #1).

Fr. Edward McGlynn
• Word of our research into the “McGlynn Affair” of 1886-1894 is starting to get around.  Even people who take the opposite “side” of the issue have to respect the hard data and facts we’ve been uncovering — and that might even persuade them to accept the Just Third Way as a better alternative to achieve economic justice.  Just this past week we were able to help a prominent georgist with his research by providing access to the full text of Archbishop Michael Corrigan’s 1886 pastoral on private property.
Archbishop Michael Corrigan

• We have been invited to submit a paper on the Just Third Way analysis of business crises to a peer-reviewed journal.  This could be a major breakthrough in bettering understanding of the role that widespread capital ownership, monetary and fiscal policy, and the tax system play in fostering a sound economy and economic justice.

• Tomasz Pompowski of Perth, Australia, has been successful in getting copies of a number of CESJ publications, especially the Just Third Way Edition of Fulton Sheen’s Freedom Under God, to key people in Australia and Japan, one of them an advisor to Prime Minister Abe, as well as a number of local and national politicians “down under.”

Fr. Isaac Thomas Hecker
• One of the things we found this past week was a quote from an article Father Isaac Thomas Hecker (1819-1888), founder of "the Paulists," wrote in 1887 about his conversion to Catholicism, followed by that of Orestes Brownson. “I had lived with the Brook Farm Community and with the Fruitlands Community, and before that had been a member of a Workingman’s party in New York City, in all which organizations the right of private ownership of property had been a prime question. . . . But, as for my part, at the time Bishop Fitzpatrick wanted me to purge myself of communism, I had settled the question in my own mind, and on principles which I afterwards found to be Catholic. The study and settlement of the question of ownership was one of the things that led me into the Church, and I am not a little surprised that what was a door to lead me into the Church seems at this day to be a door to lead some others out. But when the bishop attacked me about it, it was no longer with me an actual question. I had settled the question of private ownership in harmony with Catholic principles, or I should not have dared to present myself as a convert.” (Quoted in The Life of Father Hecker by Rev. Walter Elliott, New York: The Columbus Press, 1891.) Interestingly, in the Apostolic Letter Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, Pope Leo XIII condemned a (mis)translation of The Life of Father Hecker that distorted and changed Hecker’s teachings and the whole concept of “Americanism.”  The original English version is fine — and has an introduction by the progressive (not populist) Archbishop John Ireland (1838-1918) of St. Paul, Minnesota, friend of Hecker . . . and Theodore Roosevelt and possibly Judge Grosscup, and supporter of widespread ownership.  And that “door to lead some others out”?  Hecker was referring to the McGlynn Affair we noted above.  Did we mention that the original English version carries the imprimatur of Archbishop Michael Corrigan (1839-1902) of New York, on whose watch the whole McGlynn Affair took place?
Orestes A. Brownson

• A new intern, Leda K., a student at a local university, started this week.  She will be assisting Dawn K. Brohawn, CESJ’s Director of Communications, to develop social media strategies in concert with the new CESJ website that was launched today.

• Start making plans to attend the annual  Rally at the Fed in April.  We’ll let you know more details soon.

• There will be a CESJ Executive Committee meeting on Monday, February 17, 2014.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 55 different countries and 53 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, the Philippines, Australia, and Canada. The most popular postings this past week were “Aristotle on Private Property,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Raw Judicial Power, I: ‘The Beginning of the Quarrel’,” “What is a ‘Bill of Exchange’?,” and “Why Did Nixon Take the Dollar Off the Gold Standard?”

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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