The year just past was full of newsworthy events, so this end of year news roundup is a bit longer than most. Fortunately, it is also full of substance, so it won't seem so very long:
Friday, December 29, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Yesterday we closed with a brief quote from Father William Ferree’s pamphlet, Introduction to Social Justice to the effect that problems that seem insoluble when approached from an individualistic or collectivistic perspective can become resolved very easily after shifting to a socially just approach. And since we also said that we would expand on that today, we can’t do better than extract the entire relevant passage from Father Ferree’s pamphlet:
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Pope Francis is again causing a bit of a stir, this time with his “Urbi et Orbi” address at Christmas. This is another one of those things that has to be explained before it can be explained, even (or especially) to Catholics and other Christians, before it can be understood.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Here is the latest Just Third Way Hour podcast, brought to you by the Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), with your host Dave Hamill. This is the show that asks the question, “Do you want to own, or be owned?”
Friday, December 22, 2017
Again, surprising this close to the holidays, we have quite a number of news items, covering everything from Pope Francis, to nineteenth century science fiction writers living in San Francisco (i.e., Robert Duncan Milne), and even G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. AND there is an unsolicited review of Michael D. Greaney, CESJ’s Director of Research, that describes him as “brilliant.” Rather than keep you in suspense, then:
Thursday, December 21, 2017
In case you were thinking all these brilliant ideas in the last half dozen or so postings came from us (which means you probably missed the significance of all those big pictures of Dr. Harold G. Moulton and the quotes in boldface type), no, we’re just quoting from Moulton’s 1935 refutation of the monetary and banking theories underpinning the Keynesian New Deal, The Formation of Capital.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Many people misunderstand the role that reserves play in banking. This is not unusual, for most people do not understand the role of banking. They tend to confuse the different types of banks, and thus the unique function that each one of them performs.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Last Thursday we looked at Dr. Harold Moulton’s statement about the two functions of a commercial bank, or — more specifically — how such a bank makes loans . . . which is how commercial banks create money, regardless what the Keynesians tried to tell you in all those textbooks.
Monday, December 18, 2017
The latest Just Third Way Hour podcast, the “maiden voyage” of new host Dave Hamill, features an interview with Onaje Muid of the U.S. Human Rights Network, recorded on the spot at their conference in Atlanta, where Norman Kurland participated in two panel discussions.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Quite a bit of news this week, which is unusual, as things generally slow down as the holidays get closer and people get busy with other things. Of course, the current global situation certainly warrants a little more attention paid to things than usual. That being the case, here are this week’s news items:
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Yesterday we posted the introduction to the chapter in which Dr. Harold G. Moulton demolished the Keynesian money multiplier, which ironically, despite the fact that it is based on an easily disproved fallacy, forms the basis of the monetary and fiscal policy of virtually every government on Earth.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Yesterday we posted a brief discussion of why the “classic” Keynesian money multiplier — on which virtually every government on Earth bases its monetary and fiscal policy — simply doesn’t work. The Keynesian money multiplier, in fact, is based on an accounting fallacy and a complete misunderstanding of money, credit, finance, and (especially) banking.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Last week we got another comment on a posting of the kind that we like to get, i.e., that writes another blog posting for us. This gets more bang for the buck by killing two birds with one stone, as long as we hit the nail on the head. Which uses up our quota of aphorisms for the day. So, let’s cut to the chase. Our commentator said,
Monday, December 11, 2017
We don't have a new Just Third Way Hour podcast for this week, but now is your chance to catch up on the ones you missed before you get too far behind. You don't want to be taken by surprise or be unprepared when our new host, Dave Hamill, gets revved up and running:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Although things generally slow down during the “holiday season” (although when is there ever a season without a holiday or two?), activity in the Global Justice Movement seems to be picking up. Blog readership is much greater than it has been, and several projects are coming to fruition, while ongoing ones are, well, ongoing — which is something, considering how ephemeral many things are these day. So, to close out the week:
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Yesterday we hung our Canadian correspondent out to dry by publishing his comments on Keynes . . . with his permission, of course. We wouldn’t want to offend those aggressive Canadians who would then swarm across the border to take bloody revenge, crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of war.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
A short time ago we made a few remarks about Lord Keynes, the Defunct Economist who rules modern political economy. Within hours of posting the comments, we heard from a faithful reader up in Canada, who started off with, “Interesting read.” Well, “interesting” can be good or bad; we recall the foreword G.K. Chesterton wrote to a book by the guild socialist Arthur Penty that said the questions Penty raised were “interesting” and “important” . . . and managed to say not one word one way or another about Penty’s answers. . . .
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A few weeks ago Andy Kessler raised an interesting point in his piece, “Quit Modifying Capitalism” in the Wall Street Journal of November 20, 2017 (page A15 if you’re curious). As Kessler suggested, capitalism is capitalism, and socialism is socialism. Why cover up with meaningless qualifications? Kessler had in mind such modifications as "democratic capitalism," "social capitalism," "ethical capitalism," even "free market capitalism" — you name it.
Monday, December 4, 2017
The latest Just Third Way Hour podcast again features an interview with Michael D. Greaney, CESJ’s Director of Research. Greaney talks about how the Just Third Way might help start-ups, and how to handle private ownership of land and natural resources in a just manner.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Everyone here at CESJ survived Black Friday . . . mostly by staying in the office and working to advance the Just Third Way. We figure the greatest gift we could give to the human race is one of hope for the future, and the Just Third Way has that and more: