Potential candidates for the Republican nomination for president are rising and falling like the stock market. Also like the stock market, there’s nothing behind any of them, other than the goal of getting rid of the Democrats . . . whose goal is to keep the Republicans out. In the meantime, plain, old, ordinary people just sit back waiting for some leader to rise up with a vision that has something in it for them, e.g., Capital Homesteading for every citizen, instead for their cronies on Wall Street or the government.
That’s why what’s been happening this week is so encouraging:
• On Wednesday of this week, members of the CESJ core group and representatives of Equity Expansion International, Inc. met with a representative of the government of the Republic of Guinea. There was interest expressed in the idea of a Citizens Land Bank to ensure that the mineral and agricultural wealth of the country accrues to the benefit of every child, woman, and man directly, rather than through State or collective ownership, or through jobs “created” by foreign investors. A follow-up meeting has already been arranged at the Embassy in Washington, DC.
• Norman Kurland met in Washington, DC on Thursday with the head of the Progressive National Baptist Convention through the efforts of Rev. Virgil Wood, who was a member of Dr. Martin Luther King’s organization. Great interest was expressed in the revival of Detroit, as well as participation in the upcoming World Meeting of Families to be held in September in Philadelphia.
• Astrid, CESJ’s Fellow from Belgium, is visiting for two weeks, and has participated in a number of events with top government officials, and has been instrumental in serving as a translator in dialogs with officials from the Republic of Guinea.
• Pope Francis recently mentioned that people should read a science fiction novel written in 1907, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s Lordof the World. Written by a monsignor and recommended by a pope, you’d think that the theme would be “Catholic” — and it is . . . but the issue addressed is of universal concern. We’re starting a blog series on Benson and the book next week to help people understand that it’s not just “a Catholic thing,” and that Benson was writing a very exaggerated, over-the-top satire. It’s from a “Catholic” point of view because that’s what Benson knew best. A modern reader might have to work a little to get past what seems to be an atmosphere drenched in religion, but it’s worth the effort. The dangers of a totally secular State that takes over both organized religion and the Family — as does the one in Lord of the World — should be evident to people of all faiths and philosophies. Taken as a parable (as Benson intended), the point is that a society that rejects religion and virtue ends up accepting and worshipping “Antichrist” (or the equivalent in other faiths), a personification of pure evil. By the way, Benson described himself as “screaming” in the book, so be prepared to find everything exaggerated all out of proportion, even the emphasis on Catholicism. Keep that in mind, and you’re not likely to be offended at what is clearly done for satiric effect . . . even (or especially) if you’re Catholic — and Catholics who don’t realize the novel is a satire have been very offended at it. Just remember that the satirist Evelyn Waugh took Benson as a model, and you should have no trouble.
• Packages of books have gone out to His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke and Deacon Keith Fournier. Included were copies of Freedom Under God, The Restoration of Property, and The Political Animal.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 46 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, Indonesia, and Greece. The most popular postings this past week were “The Purpose of Production,” “Why Did Nixon Take the Dollar Off the Gold Standard?” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “CESJ Core Group Meets ‘Pope’s Rabbi’,” and “What’s Wrong with the Pro-Life Movement?”
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.