• CESJ had its monthly Reports and News meeting today, Friday, May 29, 2009. A number of the items reported at the meeting are included in this posting.Those are the happenings for this week, at least 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 anyway, so we'll see it before it goes up.
• Norman Kurland traveled to New York City on Tuesday and met with David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States. The meeting, arranged by some friends of CESJ, who also participated in the meeting, was very positive, and could lead to more meetings and contacts to open more doors to people who need to hear about Capital Homesteading and the Just Third Way as a solution to the financial crisis, the global debt burden, and provide a solid foundation for a just and humane future for all.
• The CESJ Mass Media Committee is in the process of formation. Ed Langhals of Williamsburg Revolutionary Radio has prepared a pro forma plan of organization and has sent it out for comment and input.
• We came across "Real Catholic TV," a network founded by graduates of the University of Notre Dame concerned with widespread ignorance among Catholics of their own faith. They got back to us almost immediately. CESJ has possible grounds for collaboration in a shared concern for the restoration of the natural law, the basis of Catholic social teaching.
• Norman Kurland agreed to set up an event covering financing health care in the "Organizing for America" network. Enthusiasm in the local area has been so marked as to close the event to additional people due to the potential of overflowing the available facility.
• We received a phone call from Michelle Ichigama in Atlanta, who is interested in applying a program similar to that designed for implementation in East St. Louis in Atlanta. She is also interested in the energy technology and its application within a program of expanded ownership of the means of production.
• Harriet Epstein set up a meeting with Rebecca Wales of the "Smart Girl Network," a group of conservative, politically-active women who started out taking Sarah Palin as a model, and who realize that there needs to be a new approach to politics.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 31 different countries and 41 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, the UK, with Canada, Brazil, and Egypt rounding out the "top five." People in Venezuela, Malaysia, Hungary, the Netherlands and the United States spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings are these news reports, with the postings on Judge Posner and the flaws in Keynesian economics rounding out the list.
Friday, May 29, 2009
News from the Network, Vol. 2, No. 22
As the economic situation worsens (despite the amount of whitewash the media pour on the situation) the level of activity in the Just Third Way and the Capital Homesteading movement seems to be picking up. Some of this is, no doubt, because more people are searching for answers in a world that seems to be growing ever shorter of them. If we look over the news items, however, we see that the bulk of activity is coming as a result of people taking the time to try and open doors so that the message of the Just Third Way can be communicated more effectively both to prime movers and to those who can get the Core Group to the prime movers.