We do not have as many news items as we had last week, but they are at least as significant. Rather than telling you about what we’re going to tell you about, we’ll just go straight to the news:
• Mark Kasen “Hot Talk Radio.” On Thursday Norman Kurland was interviewed by Mark Kasen of “Hot Talk” Radio in Ferguson, Missouri. Norm covered a broad spectrum of material, giving a general overview of the Just Third Way. Mark Kasen is the General Manager of the “Hot Talk Radio.” He officially launched the station at his grand opening on August 9, 2015 at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson, which is located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The internet-based station format is “live, call-in and talk radio” so show hosts and co-hosts can cover specific topics and listeners can call in to comment from around the globe. We will post the link to Norm’s interview when it is available.
|Resentment over World War I reparations contributed to World War II|
• Reparations. This is not about the injustice or justice of reparations for slavery, but a comment on a statement made by an advocate of reparations whose efforts contributed to closing down a proposed debate on the subject (“A Miniscule Mob Shuts Down Debate On Reparations,” Wall Street Journal, 08/09/19, A-15). As stated by the reporter, the individual “views reparations as damages due from the government, not contemporary Americans.” That being the case, according to the individual, [other] Americans have nothing to say in the matter, and there is no room for debate. It is none of their business. This, of course, begs the question as to where “the government” is supposed to get the money it would pay in reparations, how many times it has to pay and to whom, and just who closed the case and denied freedom of speech who would end up footing the bill.
|John Paul II, Personalist|
• Literary Visions. Work proceeds apace on finalizing the text for Power With Justice: An Introduction to Economic Personalism, a 45,000-word (approximately) book intended to explain the basic principles of the paradigm to members of the Catholic hierarchy and clergy, but from an interfaith perspective, making it accessible to people of other faiths and philosophies. As the subject is based on “natural law,” this is much easier than might be supposed, as it is reason-based rather than faith-based. With a great deal of luck, we might have everything finalized by the end of August, so people should start thinking how they can help us spread the word and market the book.
• CESJ Newsletter. Although plagued by unexpected events that interfere with the launching of the newsletter, we continue to advance, and hope to have the first issue out soon.
• NCEO Blog. The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) has changed its “Employee Ownership Update” to the “Employee Ownership Blog.” They plan on updating it weekly, so (as the NCEO is a valuable resource for everyone interested in widespread ownership) it should be worth regular visits.
• Expanded Ownership in Japan. According to the Employee Ownership Blog, in Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the main business newspaper of Japan, included a piece supporting worker ownership. The author, Art Hosokawa of the Japan Employee Ownership Association, noted that worker ownership in Japan is in its early stages. According to studies by the Japan Employee Ownership Association, there are no legislative or taxation barriers that would prevent Japanese companies from becoming worker owned. Japan Laser, the first worker-owned company (although we don’t know if it is 100% worker-owned), is showing significant performance gains and improvements in its culture, while Pia, a publicly traded company, has granted restricted shares to all its workers. While this is, of course, not the complete Just Third Way vision, which would include capital ownership recognized as a fundamental right of citizenship for every child, woman, and man, it is a step in the right direction.
• 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.
• Blog Readership. We have had visitors from 22 different countries and 37 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, India, Spain, Canada and Nigeria. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 31,” “Subsidiarity and Democracy in America,” “A Piece of the Action,” “Of Dissent and Distributism,” and “Of Distributism and Dissent.”
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.” Due to imprudent language on the part of some commentators, we removed temptation and disabled comments.