This week, for some reason, Illinois has been popping up on the radar. This is interesting, because a number of Just Third Way projects and initiatives have come out of the Prairie State, such as the proposal to revive East St. Louis and the Metro East area. Plus, the state covers pretty much the entire U.S. economy in microcosm, with important urban areas not far from agriculture and mining. That’s why most of this week’s news items are Illinois-centric:
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• Members of the CESJ core group had an extended telephone conversation with a gentleman in Aurora, Illinois, an actuary who has been involved in real estate and has been active in working for political change. An interesting discussion developed over whether economic democracy or political democracy should lead. This particular issue was not resolved, but he did promise to put us in touch with the mayor of Rockford, a nearby city.
• As hinted above, we have been reaching out to the mayor of Rockford, Illinois, who has expressed interest in CESJ’s proposals for economic revival. He is currently reviewing the CESJ website, and may be in touch as early as next week.
• A column by George Will, “Illinois Exemplifies Our Fiscal Foolishness,” painted a bleak picture of the state’s economic situation, ironically nothing that couldn’t be solved readily with the Just Third Way. We sent a follow-up email to Dr. Will, reminding him that he had met once-upon-a-time with Norman Kurland, president of CESJ, during the 1986 Presidential Task Force for Project Economic Justice.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. An additional discount may be available for institutions such as schools, clubs, and other organizations as well as retailers.
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• Here’s the usual announcement about the Amazon Smile program, albeit moved to the bottom of the page so you don’t get tired of seeing it. 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.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 35 different countries and 43 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Kenya. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “G.K. Chesterton v. Modernism and Socialism,” “A Brief Outline of How to Save the World (and Other Modest Goals),” “News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 28,” “I’m New to Distributism,” and “Future Schacht, VIII: Infinite Velocity(a)”
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.