Friday, December 26, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 51


This is the last News from the Network for 2014, but due to the press of time we will not have the planned retrospective.  If we have time next week, we will put something together.  Despite that, there are a few things to note:

• We are still working on launching the Campaign for Economic Justice the first week of January, or as soon thereafter as possible. If you feel you can’t wait (or if you want to get a charitable deduction for this year), send your check to “CESJ”, P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC, 20016, U.S.A.  Be sure to note on the memo line that it is for the Campaign for Economic Justice.  Any amount is fine, but because it costs time and money to process any contribution, we ask that you give at least $5.  Any contributions received in excess of actual needs will be applied to other CESJ programs, so everything advances economic justice, one way or another.

• Monica Woodman in Cleveland sent us a box of cookies for Christmas.

• Guy Stevenson, “the Fulton Sheen Guy,” sent CESJ a copy of another new discovery: a piece by Fulton Sheen from 1955 that suggests the Kelso-Adler three principles of economic justice.  This will be very useful in an article currently in preparation.  This is in addition to the rare first edition of Fulton Sheen’s Freedom Under God from 1940 he sent us recently. If you want a copy of the Just Third Way Edition of Freedom Under God, just go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble online and buy one.  If you want ten or more, send an e-mail to “publications [at] cesj. [dot] org” and we’ll quote you a price.  You’ll save 20% off the cover price (shipping is extra).

• We received a copy of Orestes Brownson’s 1852 Essays and Reviews, Chiefly on Theology, Politics, and Socialism.  Glancing quickly through the chapters, it appears that Brownson had a good grasp of the essential American philosophical concept that the State is made for man, not man for the State, and that the surest guarantee of true liberty is widespread private ownership of capital.

Judge Landis
• More research into the grounds of the quarrel between Theodore Roosevelt and Peter S. Grosscup brought to light an article published in the Lewiston Saturday Journal in Maine on July 25, 1908.  Grosscup overturned a lower court decision in the Standard Oil rebate case because, 1) The defendant corporation was not permitted to present evidence allegedly proving it was unaware of the published price being rebated.  2) The fine was calculated on a different basis than the rebate, making the fine, in the opinion of the Court of Appeals, “arbitrary and unjust.”  3) “That Judge [Kenesaw Mountain] Landis [of the lower court] in endeavoring to get at a corporation which was not before the Court, erred in fining the corporation that was before the Court $25,240,000, when its assets did not exceed $1,000,000.”

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 59 different countries and 54 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, India, and Russia. The most popular postings this past week were “Two Key Questions for the Georgists,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Book Review: Field Guide for Heroes,” and “Economic Justice, III: What is ‘Distributive Justice’?”

Those are the happenings for this week, at least those 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, so we’ll see it before it goes up.

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