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Friday, March 5, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 09

Today’s news notes may require a caveat.  CESJ is not, as an organization, either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”  Members and supporters make up their own minds and are free to do so.  Many people in CESJ, however, are of the opinion that any government that adopts the Economic Democracy Act would also remove any economic justification or excuse for abortion.  Many people in CESJ also believe (with some vocal dissenters) that using government money to support abortion violates the “social contract” between citizens and their government.  With that in mind, some of the news items explain how — using abortion funding as one example — private organizations and government can “hide” money they don’t want to account for::

Thursday, March 4, 2021

1. Five Roadblocks to Social Justice: Social Justice!

      As a slight change of pace (although not very much of one), we thought we’d address some basic concepts and principles that stand in the way of carrying out acts of social justice instead of simply talking about situations that need to be addressed through acts of social justice.  Of course, paradoxically, these “Five Roadblocks to Social Justice” are things that need to be addressed by acts of social justice, with the first being social justice itself!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Are All Things Lawful to the Elect?


In his book, Enthusiasm (1950), Monsignor Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957) noted what he called the “ultrasupernaturalist” or enthusiastic tendency to subordinate everything, especially the precepts of the natural law, to one’s desires and personal interpretation of something accepted as God’s Will . . . or one’s personal will, if he or she happens to be a self-contained deity.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Two Modern Problems


Be warned: today’s posting gets into philosophy, which we define as “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.”  Having a philosophy means that you have some framework for understanding what you know (why you know something), what’s real and what’s not real, and whether or not you exist.  Not caring about these things is as much a philosophy as discussing them at great length.

Monday, March 1, 2021

JTW Podcast: Economic Personalism, Introduction


In something of a change of pace, this week’s video begins a series based on the new book, Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, which can be purchased or downloaded free by following the link.  This week we have an introduction to the subject:

Friday, February 26, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 08


Another week has gone by with the world enslaved to the Keynesian concept of the absolute necessity of past savings to finance new capital formation and economic growth, and the related Keynesian idea that to stimulate consumer demand you need to flood the world with fiat money backed only by government debt.  And the result?  Little actual capital formation, spreading poverty, and massive government debt.  Is there a better way?  Yes.  The Economic Democracy Act.  In the meantime:

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Interpreting the Goals of the Great Reset


Whether or not anyone realizes it, everyone has a philosophy of some sort.  To understand the Great Reset, it is essential to know the philosophy behind it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“All Products Will Have Become Services”


Analyzing the Great Reset is made more difficult by the fact that, like Pope Saint Pius X’s comment about modernism, it is presented “without order and systematic arrangement” (Pascendi Dominici Gregis, § 4) in a loose, even chaotic manner.  Rhetoric plays to the emotions, and goals are stated in vague terms that leave far too much to personal interpretation and imagination on the part of both adherents and opponents.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Goals of the Great Reset


Individuals and groups promoting the Great Reset appear to be motivated by a genuine concern for the future of humanity and of the planet.  In our experience, however, that simply adds to the seriousness of the problem.  It shifts the basis of argument away from knowledge and reason based on the intellect, to opinion and faith based on the will.

Monday, February 22, 2021

JTW Podcast: Church Militant, The Great Reset


This week’s video podcast contains material with which we may not agree, and that CESJ cannot as a non-political/interfaith 501(c)(3) in any way endorse or promote, but the sections on private property are both useful and informative — this is an "informational" not an "advisory" video.  The mention of Fulton Sheen is also interesting:

Friday, February 19, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 07


Although things may seem pretty dark at the moment, some good things are happening . . . if we stop to take a look:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Minimum Wage and the Role of the State

     A few days ago in a “distributist” forum on FaceBook, someone posted a link to an article in Newsweek about fast food workers calling for a nation-wide strike to get a $15.00 minimum wage, “I Work at McDonald’s, Risking My Life Every Day. Don’t Thank Me. Pass a $15 Minimum Wage/Opinion.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Best Form of Government

     Possibly as a result of some people in the “distributist community” deciding on a name change for the concept (from “distributism” to “localism”), we recently got a question regarding the form of government that best conforms to the distributist ideal.  For reasons that we hope will become obvious, we won’t address whether the name change was good, bad, or indifferent.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The New Christianity and the Great Reset

     As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the “new things” (rerum novarum) of socialism and modernism were not merely a new religion.  They constituted a new idea of what religion should be: rejection of what Pope Pius XI would later (misleadingly) call “the Reign of Christ the King” in favor of creating the perfect life here in this life, “the Kingdom of God on Earth.”

Monday, February 15, 2021

JTW Podcast: The Just Third Way with Norman Kurland


This week’s video podcast is a slight change of pace: Steve Cunningham interviews Norman Kurland and they discuss the Just Third Way:

Friday, February 12, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 06


In a not unexpected development, the Biden administration is rushing headlong into pumping money into the economy, thereby making a bad situation worse and creating a spiral that requires continuous emergency measures that never normalize the situation.  Even the much-touted calls for “unity” seem to redefine the term as submission to injustice for the sake of order and peace instead of a genuine development of solidarity:

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Appearances Can Deceive


At first it was touted as David versus Goliath — the “GameStop Mania,” which bore a striking resemblance to a number of other events in history chronicled by Charles MacKay in his 1841 classic, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.  The price of the shares of a company pretty much off the map was bid up and down in a speculative frenzy ostensibly intended to teach the Big Money Wall Street Élite (BMWSE) a lesson in humility.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A New Idea of Religion


In the previous posting on this subject, we saw how “the theory of certitude” — essentially a variation on Neo-Platonism (bet you never thought you’d see that term in a blog posting) — gave many people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, a very wrong and even contradictory understanding of “papal infallibility.”  By assuming the pope has the power to create new truth in all areas instead of discerning existing truth restricted to faith and morals, Félicité de Lamennais and subsequent modernists (both reactionary and radical) set up a Catch-22 for themselves.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Wrong Idea of Infallibility


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, Félicité de Lamennais dismissed individual reason and claimed that truth resides only in the general reason as the result of direct revelation from God.  Consequently, something is true because someone believes it; it is not believed because it is true.  This requires a central religious authority — the pope — to determine truth and communicate it to believers.

Monday, February 8, 2021

JTW Podcast: A Meeting with Pope Francis


This week’s video podcast is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series on “Economic Personalism versus The Great Reset”.  Again, this is loosely related to the book, Economic Personalism, but it is more in the nature of a somewhat informal conversation about applying the principles of economic personalism to a specific situation.  Today we look at what we’d like to say to Pope Francis if we happen to have a meeting with him any time soon:

Friday, February 5, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 05


Things continue to move forward surprisingly well, despite some bad news we received this week::

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Félicité de Lamennais and the “Theory of Certitude”


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, l’abbe Hugues Félicité Robert de Lamennais and two friends, Charles Forbes René de Montalembert and Jean-Baptiste Henri Dominique Lacordaire, calling themselves “the Pilgrims of God and Liberty” had gone to Rome in the early months of the pontificate of Gregory XVI to meet with him and get a papal endorsement of their activities.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Pilgrims of God and Liberty


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, contrary to the common sense approach that the common good should be structured so that people can meet their own needs through their own efforts, the principle of the New Christian Prophet Henri de Saint-Simon was that the whole of society should be dedicated to taking care of people, that simply because they exist, people have an absolute right to everything they need, and sometimes what they want . . . which effectively abolishes private property in both labor and capital.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

“An Excess of Charity”


In working to advance the cause of human dignity and understanding of social justice, it has become increasingly clear over the past several decades (yes, decades) not only that people are a little unclear as to the meaning of human dignity and social justice, they are also more than a little vague about what constitutes charity and justice . . . without which respect for human dignity is only so much noise.