Friday, January 22, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 03


The Worst-Blizzard-EVER in the entire history of the human race (or, at least, this winter inside the Washington, DC, Beltway . . . until the next one) managed to throw a monkey wrench into our plans for today and the weekend, but the Just Third Way continues to advance.  In particular, outreach continues, and new research materials continue to surface:

Amazon Smile program.  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.

Irish Volunteers, April 1916
• Completely by chance, we located a rare copy of the Irish Times Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook, published in 1917.  The volume is not actually a “handbook,” but an almanac of facts and figures compiled by the Irish Times from its news reports and other sources of the 1916 Easter Rising and aftermath.  The book will provide original source data for the CESJ-AOH joint project, an analysis of the Rising from the standpoint of the Just Third Way.  We have compiled an extraordinary amount of original source material for this project, beginning with the first-hand account of the father-in-law of a member of the local AOH Division, who was in the General Post Office in Dublin, which served as headquarters for the Rising from Monday, April 24, 1916, through Saturday, April 29, 1916.

• The CESJ first quarterly board meeting for Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016) was postponed from Monday, January 18, 2016 to Monday, January 25, 2016.

• Thanks to (another) “Snowmageddon-Storm-of-the-Century,” the CESJ core group will not be attending the DC reception this evening after today’s March for Life given by the Center for Ethics and Culture of Notre Dame.  We will try to schedule a telephone conversation with the Associate Director and Father Edward Krause, a member of the CESJ Board of Counselors.

• We sent an outreach letter to Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky of the Arlington (Virginia) Diocese as a result of an article he published on the Crisis Magazine website, “Preparing for the Apocalypse.”  Father Pokorsky raises a number of interesting questions, all of which can easily be addressed by the Just Third Way.

James Larkin (1876-1947), co-founder, Irish Citizen Army
• We also obtained a copy of Peter de Rosa’s account of the Easter Rising, Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916.  It looks good, except for that photo of James Larkin, a socialist, on the cover. . . .

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 50 different countries and 45 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, Japan, and Turkey. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “The American Chesterton, XI: The Disciple of Common Sense,”  “The Purpose of Production,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” and “Chicken Little Economics.”

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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