Friday, April 8, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 14


What with personal taxes and other non-fun items, there hasn’t been too much going on in the Just Third Way movement this week.  Of course, what is going to happen at the Rally at the Federal Reserve on Friday, April 22, 2016 is important (and we tell you about it), but that’s an announcement, not a news item per se.  Still, some things are happening:

Rally at the FEDERAL RESERVE. Make a NOTE.
Mark Your Calendar: Gather with students, grassroots leaders and concerned citizens on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Washington, DC, for the 12th annual demonstration at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.  Co-hosted by the Coalition for Capital Homesteading and the Center for Economic and Social Justice, the rally will run from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, starting on the mall side across the street from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the Federal Reserve Building (between 20th and 21st Streets, NW).

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.


• The Big News this week is that we got the proof copy of Easter Witness: From Broken Dream To A New Vision For Ireland (official publication/release date of April 24, 2016).  We can modestly say it looks great, in large measure due to the cover design (and the new title, which came from a chance comment by the graphic artist who designed the cover).  Bulk orders for this first printing can be placed now; we’re accepting them on a case-by-case basis . . . meaning until the official release date you can only purchase books by the case and not sell or otherwise distribute them until noon on April 24, 2016.  There are 26 to a case, and non-institutional/non-vendor purchasers get a 20% discount off the $20 cover price on wholesale lots ($416/case).  Shipping is extra.  Individual prepublication copies should soon be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  We think that means they will take your order and your money, and then ship on the official release date.  Or sooner; it wasn’t clear, and we didn’t want to waste time on a minor point.  Send enquiries to publications@cesj.org.  An additional discount may be available for institutions such as schools, clubs, and other organizations as well as retailers.

• NEWS FLASH! Amazon just put up Easter Witness — no cover image yet, but that should appear in a few days.

Close enough . . .?
• The same terms apply to CESJ’s other titles, except that you can order individual copies on Amazon and Barnes and Noble right now, and you don’t have to wait until April 24, 2016 to sell or distribute.  Freedom Under God, A Plea for Peasant Proprietors, and The Emigrant’s Guide — in addition to Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen, of course — should be of particular interest to everyone . . . especially as it becomes increasingly evident that none of the candidates for the office of President of the United States appear to have the vaguest idea how to solve the problems of today without creating more for tomorrow.

Irish going into battle ... or surfing. It's hard to tell. . .
• We submitted a list of ideas to the Acquisitions Editor of a major Catholic publisher last week, and he responded almost immediately.  He was very positive about all of them, but personally liked most the idea about turning the award-winning series of articles on Ireland during the Wars of the Roses into a one- or two-volume popular history . . . from a Just Third Way perspective, of course.  He thought the idea about turning the recent blog series on G.K. Chesterton, Msgr. Ronald Knox, and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen into a book would be attractive to the rest of the editorial staff.  We’ll probably be having another conversation next week to see what might fly.  Good sales for Easter Witness will greatly enhance our attractiveness to the publisher.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 49 different countries and 52 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 Australia. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “A Field Guide for Heroes,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “The Crisis That Need Not Be, I: A System Designed to Fail,” and “Are Rights for Everyone?”

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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