Friday, May 27, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 21


This has been a very busy week administratively and logistically . . . which means that “visible” advances are not very evident.  Yet without all the support work done behind the scenes, so to speak, there would be no “visible” advances at all:

You haven't contributed to CESJ? You villain!
• 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.

• A series of responses to critics of the Just Third Way is being prepared for publication on the website.  These are based on individual letters or papers prepared to answer certain objections raised to various aspects of the Just Third Way by academics, particularly in economics.  We believe that the responses must be authoritative, for no one has ever been able to respond to them, except to say that he (or she) could refute everything that we said, but that they just didn’t have the time. . . .

• 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.

This must be nipped in the bud!
• According to at least one advanced thinker, we ought to consider abolishing the family as the fundamental unit of society.  Why?  Because having a safe and nurturing home environment is disadvantageous to those who do not have the opportunity to ensure a more level playing field.  Or so says Professor Adam Swift of the University of Warwick in England.  Or not.  As Swift was quoted, demonstrating the clear moral and scholarly leadership modern Academia provides, “I tend to believe that focusing on improving things for the less fortunate is a better way to advance our society than purposely making things worse for those who have more, but what do I know?”

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 57 different countries and 47 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, South Africa, and Brazil. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “Why a Central Bank: More Practical Considerations,” “Strictly Speaking,” and “Aristotle on Private Property.”

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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2 comments:

Daniel Kurland said...

What is thus Smile Campaign? I order Audible books from them all the time.

Michael D. Greaney said...

A CESJ supporter told us about it. It's Amazon's program that donates a tiny percentage of each sale to a designated non-profit, 0.5%, or something like that. If a lot of people designate CESJ, CESJ can get a few bucks. It does not increase the cost to the purchaser.