Things are a little slow getting back to what people call normal after the New Year, but there are some significant Just Third Way events happening. Of particular interest is the fact that 2019 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of CESJ’s bestselling (by small press definitions) book, Curing World Poverty: The New Role of Property. And other happenings are equally interesting:
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• CESJ Revamped Website. The new CESJ website is now up and should be in all the search engines by Monday. The main thing has been to make the website easier to use on all devices (or at least as many as possible) and to update a few items that needed updating.
• CESJ Newsletter. After in-depth discussion, it was decided to try out the revived CESJ newsletter on a bimonthly basis instead of a quarterly publication. The first issue should be out by the end of February.
• Arco-Carib Newsletter. Michiel Bijkerk, who traveled around Cuba a few years ago to bring them word of the Just Third Way and told about it in his book, Cuba: A New Beginning (Spanish version here), is restarting his Arco-Carib newsletter in an electronic format. We only learned of this yesterday, and so have no details, but we will keep you notified. If Michiel agrees, we may send out the first issue as a sample to the Just Third Way mailing list, and then people can subscribe if they want..
• A New Saint Louis? No, not the saint in France, but the city in Missouri. We have been having discussions with an entrepreneur in Saint Louis, MO, about a project to start revitalizing the area’s economy and rebuild the city. The key, of course, is getting the local banking community and the Saint Louis Federal Reserve interested, as financing would otherwise mean nothing will happen.
• Utah Development. We have also been having similar meetings with an entrepreneur from Utah, which according to reports is the fastest growing (and maybe the only growing!) state in the country. A number of innovative construction and energy ideas have been talked about, e.g., one that might substantially reduce construction costs for buildings.
• Curing World Poverty. The special Silver Anniversary Edition of Curing World Poverty is on track and may be available by the end of February if all goes well. The book was a “small press bestseller,” and the demand has been constant, but the original publisher is unable to reprint. The copyright has been assigned to CESJ, and with the advanced technology available today for publishing, can easily be kept in print along with other CESJ books.
• Video Book Trailers. Three draft video book trailers have been prepared and scripts for voice overs are being edited. One of the hardest parts of the whole process is finding suitable background music that is in the public domain and is available for free in the proper file format. For the trailer for the Just Third Way Edition of Fulton Sheen’s Freedom Under God we were fortunate enough to find a recording of the theme music from his first television program‚ played by the composer himself! Fritz Kreisler’s Little Viennese March.
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• 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 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..
• Blog Readership. We have had visitors from 37 different countries and 42 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, Brazil, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Argentina. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Fulton Sheen and the Principles of Economic Justice,” “The Three Ways of Fulton Sheen,” “News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 03,” “From Social Christianity to Christian Socialism,” and “.”
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.