This past week the stock market has soared like an eagle and dived like a turkey. As a result, even more “experts” are sticking out their necks and predicting a crash in the near future. What remains puzzling is the fact that so few of the experts realize that there is an alternative to the wild swings that characterize the modern business cycle: Capital Homesteading and the Just Third Way. Maybe some real people are starting to catch on, however, which would explain the popularity of some of our recent articles, a few of which are getting worldwide attention:
• CESJ’s article that appeared last month in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, “Pope Francis and the Just Third Way”, has been translated into Spanish, formatted, and sent to a significant number of bishops in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is available both as a stand-alone piece and in a dual language version in .pdf.
• A new article by CESJ’s Director of Research has been published on Catholic365: “Justice Without Rights?” The article focuses on some odd comments made by Vatican advisor Dr. Jeffrey Sachs that hinted Pope Francis might have problems with Americans’ adherence to their natural law rights of life, liberty, and property. Since these are also at the heart of Catholic social teaching, it is unclear why Dr. Sachs believes that Pope Francis would have a problem with them.
• A Portuguese translation of “Pope Francis and the Just Third Way” is in preparation, and we are exploring a translation into French.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 51 different countries and 48 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 Guatemala. The most popular postings this past week were “Halloween Horror Special XIII: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space,” “News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 28,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Solving the Greek Debt Crisis, VIII: Specific Monetary Reforms,” and “Solving the Greek Debt Crisis, V: Presenting the Solution.”
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.