Friday, August 14, 2015

News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 33


Here are this week’s news notes:

Dr. Kathy Friedman
• We are sad to report the passing of long-time member and friend of CESJ, Dr. Kathy Friedman, on August 13th. Kathy had fought a six-month battle with cancer after it was first diagnosed in February.  Kathy joined CESJ in 1986, when she was working in the office of U.S. Representative Louis Stokes (D-OH). She had learned of the President Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, a congressionally mandated bipartisan task force that had been spearheaded by CESJ members in 1985.  Kathy assisted the Task Force as an editorial advisor for its orientation book, Every Worker an Owner, which was translated into Polish with 40,000 copies distributed through the Polish Solidarity network and later presented to Pope John Paul II.  She contributed an article, “Capital Credit: The Ultimate Right of Citizenship,” to the compendium Curing World Poverty: The New Role of Property, co-published by Social Justice Review and CESJ in 1994.  Kathy earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her graduate degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina.  Her Ph.D. thesis, Legitimation of Social Rights and the Western Welfare State: A Weberian Perspective, was published by the University of North Carolina Press.  She taught at the University of Washington and Tulane University.  Following her tenure on Capital Hill, Kathy had a long and productive career at the U.S. Census Bureau. Kathy moved to Lake Placid, New York, following her retirement. She remained a close friend to other “CESJ old-timers”, and followed our Just Third Way news with enthusiastic interest and continued commitment.  We will deeply miss Kathy.

• Remember the “communist crucifix”?  There’s a new article on the subject from a Just Third Way Perspective, “ ‘No Es Bien’,” on the “Catholic365” website.  This joins “Justice Without Rights?”, and “Putting Pope Francis in Perspective.”  Feel free to read, share, and otherwise distribute through your social media networks.

• The editing and translation of the blog series on the Greek debt crisis for publication in the journal of the National Bank of Poland is proceeding apace.  The editor/translator expects to have his work finished and published as early as September.  At that time we plan on creating an “official” English version from which other translations can be made.

• CESJ’s Director of Research has joined the Catholic Special Interest Group (“SIG”) of American Mensa, and has already participated in a number of discussions applying the Just Third Way within that milieu.

• Plans are proceeding to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.  We have heard (unofficially, of course) that individuals connected with some of the political campaigns for president might be attending, and it might be possible to catch an eye or two.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 41 different countries and 47 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, and the Netherlands. The most popular postings this past week were “Halloween Horror Special XIII: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space,” “Solving the Greek Debt Crisis, VIII: Specific Monetary Reforms,” “Solving the Greek Debt Crisis, VII: Property and Money,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” and “The Population Bomb.”

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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