Friday, May 20, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 20


The recent volatility in the stock market reinforces the fact that the stock market has little or nothing to do with the real, productive economy.  That being the case, here are some meaningful news items from the Just Third Way:

• But before we start, here’s the usual announcement about the 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.

• Joe Recinos has reported that from the news reports coming out of Venezuela, the country is either on the verge of civil war, or the army will stage a coup and take over.  Joe has been sending Just Third Way material to some of the politicians, but has had no substantive response.

• CESJ’s latest book, Easter Witness: From Broken Dream to a New Vision for Ireland, is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as by special order from many “regular” bookstores.  The book can also be ordered in bulk, which we define as ten copies or more of the same title, at a 20% discount.  A full case is twenty-six copies, and non-institutional/non-vendor purchasers get a 20% discount off the $20 cover price on wholesale lots ($416/case).  Shipping is extra.  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.  Initial sales are encouraging, and CESJ (although interfaith) has applied for an “imprimatur” which will allow the book to be used as a text in Catholic schools.  We received word that the books ordered for the Archbishop of Dublin have been shipped and should arrive today or early next week.

• There will be a meeting next week with people from Virginia Tech to discuss the Just Third Way.

• Members of the CESJ core group are attending the annual ESOP Association conference this week.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 58 different countries and 48 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, Brazil, and India. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “Why a Central Bank: More Practical Considerations,” and “A Video on Money.”

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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