The events this week have been few but potentially momentous. It’s always difficult to report on meetings in which important ideas were discussed, but no specific actions taken, so we’ll just get right to the news items in brief:
• Last week’s long weekend trip to the University of Notre Dame was very productive. We had a series of meetings, notably with Dr. Ryan Madison of the Center for Ethics and Culture, and Fr. Edward Krause, C.S.C., Ph.D. We missed meeting with Dr. Nell Newton, Dean of the Law School, but she was out of town. The primary focus of the meetings was how to counter the shift from reason to faith as the basis of the natural law, and to reintegrate sound principles of justice back into academia. As both the solidarist jurist and political scientist Dr. Heinrich Rommen and the Great Books philosopher Mortimer J. Adler pointed out, shifting from the Intellect to the Will (from reason to faith) as the basis of the natural law leads straight to pure moral relativism and totalitarianism.
• The CESJ core group attended an event sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Christ on Wednesday. A number of potentially valuable contacts were made, with CESJ’s strength being the ability to show how to achieve economic justice for all without redistribution or redefining ownership. This was a completely new idea to many of the participants, a significant number of which seemed to consider seriously the possibility of achieving justice without undue interference from the State or changing what it means to own something.
• While at Notre Dame, we met briefly with Mr. John Dondanville, with whom the CESJ core group had worked to try and present a new vision for the future of Detroit, Michigan, a few years ago. We also met with some people from Cleveland who sounded interested in trying to do something in East Cleveland.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 40 different countries and 53 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 the Philippines. The most popular postings this past week were “Halloween Horror Special XIII: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space,” “The Purpose of Production,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” and “News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 39.”
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.