The stock market has been bouncing all over the map and off the walls this past week in response to the falling Chinese market and the claims coming out of North Korea. Since this means nothing in terms of the actual productive sector of the economy, except to make completely unnecessary trouble and siphon credit away from where it would do something other than make speculators rich, we’ll go immediately to this week’s news items:
• Amazon Smile program. To keep your New Year’s resolution to participate in the Amazon Smile program for CESJ, go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Next, sign in to your account. (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.) Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.” If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through. Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.
• Krzysztof Nędzyński of the “Financial Observer” webpage of the National Bank of Poland sent us a copy of an interview in which the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, head of economic policymaking for the country, appears to have referenced an article by Kris on “Binary Economics: The New Paradigm.” (Nowy paradygmat: ekonomia binarna), published this past summer. Kris’s article and the interview are in Polish, of course, but can easily be translated using various free internet services.
• Thanks to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Colonel John Fitzgerald Division No. 1, Arlington, Virginia, CESJ obtained a copy of a first-hand account of the “Easter Rising” that took place in Dublin, Ireland, in April 1916. There are many economic and social justice aspects of the Rising that should be examined, especially with an eye to the direction that Ireland could take in the twenty-first century to solve current problems and achieve the goals set a century ago — the country would be an almost ideal place for a Capital Homesteading or Economic Democracy Act, with the same language (although, of course, much more beautifully spoken), and with a law code and culture similar to that of the United States.
• A core group from CESJ is planning on attending a reception by the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture following the March for Life on January 22, 2016. CESJ’s Director of Research met with Dr. Ryan Madison, Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture while visiting the Notre Dame campus this past October. Father Edward Krause, C.S.C., Ph.D., a member of CESJ’s Board of Counselors arranged the meeting.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 44 different countries and 54 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, India, and Russia. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Halloween Horror Special XIII: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space,” “The American Chesterton, I: The Triumph of the Will,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” and “News from the Network, Vol. 8, No. 51.”
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.