A number of projects have made great progress over the past week, from the proposed re-launch of The Just Third Way Hour to the final editing and review of Red Star Over Bethlehem. Perhaps it won’t be too much longer before world leaders start catching on to the fact that there is a viable alternative to the sad condition of today’s society:
|Pope Pius XI|
• The manuscript of Red Star Over Bethlehem has been sent to selected individuals for review and comment . . . and as a fair warning that some accepted assumptions about things like economic and social justice just might be due for a little shaking up in the near future. This first book of a possible “trilogy” covers the development of the concept of social justice. If it proves successful, the next projected volume will cover the development of economic justice, with emphasis on the importance of access to money and credit, as well as sound monetary principles — something the world got away from in the nineteenth century as governments expanded their role and began intruding more and more into the daily life of individuals instead of confining themselves to caring for the common good. A possible title for the second volume is Love of Money, suggested by St. Paul’s comment to Timothy that it is love of money, not money, that is the root of all evil. A third volume would focus on the need to reform the system along the lines proposed by Louis Kelso and Pope Pius XI, and might be titled Alea Iacta Est (“the Die is Cast”), to indicate that the world cannot either stay where it is economically, or go back to what it was. It must, rather, move forward and “cross the Rubicon.”
|President Ronald Reagan|
• Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice. We recently received the “e-copies” of two of CESJ’s most important publications that came out of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, Every Worker an Owner, and High Road to Economic Justice. These were the result of the original strategy paper that led to the Task Force, and the occasion of the complete text of President Reagan’s speech to the Task Force. The bipartisan Task Force report, High Road to Economic Justice, was presented to both President Ronald Reagan and Pope St. John Paul II in special meetings, the former praising the work of the Task Force, and the latter giving us his personal encouragement for our work. The report was translated into Polish and 40,000 copies distributed through Solidarity channels. We expect to have both books up soon on the CESJ website for free downloading.
|Charles A. Conant|
• We discovered this week that many of the long-forgotten works of the Scottish lawyer, banker, and “maverick economist” Henry Dunning Macleod (1821-1902) have become available for (almost) reasonable prices. This will greatly facilitate research into the great “sea change” that happened in the nineteenth century with monetary theory, and the shift from the Banking Principle to the Currency Principle that currently plagues the global economy. Combined with the work of Charles A. Conant (1861-1915), Harold G. Moulton (1883-1965), and — of course — Louis O. Kelso (1913-1991), this will greatly increase people’s understanding of what happened. Knowing that, it will be much simpler fixing the problem.
• The re-launch of CESJ’s The Just Third Way Hour is getting closer. Four shows have been recorded, and it is now a question of releasing them in the way best calculated to maximize their impact as teaching tools of the new paradigm.
|Henry Dunning Macleod|
• Shop online and support CESJ’s work! Did you know that by making your purchases through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will make a contribution to CESJ? Here’s how: First, go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Next, sign in to your Amazon 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.
• We have had visitors from 32 different countries and 45 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Brazil. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “A Few Thoughts on Mondragon,” “Austria’s Shift Right . . . or Left,” “News from the Network, Vol. 10, No. 41,” “Nothing Succeeds Like Secess,” and “Thomas Hobbes 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.#30#