On receiving the news from a CIA economist earlier today that an economic collapse is imminent within the next six months, the stock market . . . soared to close at a record high. On receiving the news last week that things were improving, the stock market . . . soared to close at a record high.
The suspicion intrudes that maybe the stock market isn’t the best indication of how the economy is doing for “the rest of us.” That being the case, we’ve been advancing our own programs in an effort to build the foundation for a more economically and socially just future for all:
• On Monday of this week, members of the CESJ core group and representatives of Equity Expansion International, Inc. met with the ambassador of the Republic of Guinea. His Excellency expressed interest in the Citizens Land Bank concept 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.
• On Tuesday evening, CESJ had a skype conference with Dr. María Teresa de Pérez Lozano, professor of commercial law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires. The meeting was to discuss the possibility of inviting various dignitaries from Argentina as CESJ’s guests to participate in the World Meeting of Families in September of this year in Philadelphia. Due to the pressure of government tax filings this week, we have not yet started the actual outreach, but expect to do so next week.
• Most of this week has been taken up with preparing a package requested by the Ambassador from Guinea for presentation to the president of Guinea. CESJ’s Fellow, Astrid U. from Belgium, has been working on finalizing the translation into diplomatic French.
• Deacon Keith Fournier received his package of books from CESJ and expressed great appreciation, describing the material as “brilliant.” Included in the package were copies of Freedom Under God, The Restoration of Property, and The Political Animal.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 48 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 Australia. The most popular postings this past week were “The Purpose of Production,” “Lord of the World, I: The Papal Reading List,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “CESJ Core Group Meets ‘Pope’s Rabbi’,” and “Why Did Nixon Take the Dollar Off the Gold Standard?”
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.