Along with all the bad things that everybody knows about, there are a number of bright things on the horizon. This is understandable, as CESJ co-founder Father William Ferree, S.M., Ph.D. always said that in social justice terms, nothing is impossible. No matter how bad things look, there is always a just and moral way to solve any social problem:
Friday, January 18, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
In yesterday’s posting, Fulton Sheen on Private Property, we noted that Fulton Sheen seemed to have contradicted himself. He noted several times that private property is a natural right — something inherent in the human person, which not even the State can take away — and then made the comment that “though man has a natural right to private property, this right is not absolute.” (P. 51, Freedom Under God.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
In yesterday’s posting we looked at the legal case for the importance of private property. We have to keep in mind, however, that the title of Fulton Sheen’s book is “Freedom Under God.” Sheen’s purpose was not to present a treatise or contract delineating humanity’s legal rights and duties in human society. Our constitutions, bills of rights, and legal systems are intended to serve that purpose.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Every once in a while we review a few things from the past that we think people might want to take another look at. One of these is our rediscovery a few years back of a “long lost classic” by none other than Fulton J. Sheen . . . you know, “Uncle Fulty” who was in a (friendly) competition with “Uncle Milty”?
Monday, January 14, 2019
Ever hear of 60 Minutes — the show, not (necessarily) the time units? Once upon a time they did a segment on Louis O. Kelso . . . who happened to state his opinion that unless the economy could be made to work for everyone, we were heading for trouble. And you know something? He was right. (By the way, don’t be mislead by Kelso’s use of the term “capitalism.” He used it in, e.g., The Capitalist Manifesto and The New Capitalists, a different sense than the socialists use it, and later decided it was not the best term, anyway.)
Friday, January 11, 2019
As politics, economics, and religion continue to mix (being the same thing to an increasing number of people), the world picture becomes increasingly confused and confusing . . . unless you come over and take a walk on the side of common sense. Analyzed from a Just Third Way perspective, it’s astonishing just how much of what is going on starts to make sense . . . and the right thing to do becomes more obvious:
Thursday, January 10, 2019
According to R.W. Church, possibly the best (if not completely objective) historian of the Oxford Movement, the whole trouble and the reason for the ultimate downfall of the Movement and the loss of John Henry Newman to the Church of England was the result of ego and arrogance on the part of the Oxford authorities who looked on ancient Christian doctrines as dangerous novelties,
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
In today’s world it is easy to get the impression that the meaning and purpose of life is for everyone’s needs to be provided by someone else and all desires gratified without effort on the part of the recipient. Current thought as reported in the media suggests that a justly structured social order is one in which matters are arranged in such a way that as many people as possible can remain permanent children, complete with “safe spaces” and periodic “time outs” for temper tantrums.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
. . . just not for the reasons you (or he) might think. A few days ago, everybody’s favorite (or at least best known) freshman representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said that the top marginal tax rate for the “ultra rich” should be raised to 70%. This would allow the government to fund research into “green” alternative fuels with the goal of weening the U.S. off the fossil fuels by 2030.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
A short work week, but one filled with one or two significant events . . . one of which is not the increasing volatility of the stock market. People have yet to realize that the stock market is NOT a “leading economic indicator.” It’s not, strictly speaking, an economic indicator at all. It’s a lagging emotional indicator. It gives a good idea of the emotional state of the gamblers on Wall Street, and that’s about it. As for more significant events:
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Many people think that replacement of human labor by capital and the alienation and social disintegration that results is a new thing. It is not. Economic and social alienation due to advancing technologies or changing economies has been around since the dawn of time. It is just that the rate at which change occurs started accelerating about five hundred years ago. For this, two factors are responsible.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
There was an interesting article in last year’s Wall Street Journal (yes, we’ve been dying to use that line since last week . . . that is, last year) asking the question, “Why are Americans so religious?” (“The Marketplace of Faith,” 12/28/18, A-10). Sriya Iyer, who wrote the piece, is also the author of The Economics of Religion in India (2018). She argues in part that in America there is more competition between religions and between religion and the government. With more choices for basic services, competition — and institutions providing that competition — will thrive.