The issue that seems to be in the headlines this week is the mounting money crisis, specifically the deficit and the debt. This doesn't mean that things like the war on global terrorism, the distortion of the Constitution by the judiciary, the subversion of the central bank, the looming Social Security crisis, the energy problem, health care, unemployment, the obvious instability of the stock market and about a gazillion other problems aren't serious, possibly even more so. No, it's just what the media decide we should be obsessing about this week. Of course, if they wanted to focus on a solution instead of which problem to wring their hands ineffectually over, we can help there. If they insist on only looking at the problems, sorry, we'd rather be solving them. In fact, that's what we've been working on pretty much all this week:
• Today Norman Kurland, Dawn Brohawn and Michael D. Greaney hit "The Hill" for a "touch base drop-in" with one Senate aide, a scheduled meeting with nearly half a dozen staffers of another senator, and an unscheduled "cold call" with yet another. The subjects covered were the deficit, Capital Homesteading, the deficit, an economic agenda for the Pro-Life movement, the deficit, the Homeowners Equity Corporation, the deficit, the complexities of the tax system, the deficit, the loss of jobs, the deficit, growth of the rust belt, the deficit, and (of course), the deficit. All of the meetings and "drop bys" went very well. That being the case, you ask, why don't we tell you all the gory details, such as with whom we met? Simple. As we've found out many times in the past, a lot of people don't really know how to read, at least as "read" is meant in Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book (1940). They see a word they like or dislike, and immediately assume the best or the worst without finding out what is really going on. They see we met with Senator Rocky Schwartz of West Carokota, or Representative Brunhilda P. Throckmorton of Missitucky, and leap to a conclusion that we're claiming the Senareprative supports the Capital Homestead Act and Aid to Depraved Chickens. No, all we did was talk and present our case for a more in-depth meeting with the Represenator him- or herself.
• The current edition of Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen just experienced a big jump in ratings on Amazon. This doesn't mean anything in and of itself, but it is encouraging to see something like that take off suddenly, even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
• A "name" that had promised to review Supporting Life has begged off. We still need you to find other "names" who can review (and get published) reviews of this and other CESJ books. If you can't do that, go to the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, and post a your own short review there. If, instead, you spend your time wondering why more people don't know about this stuff, it might be because you haven't told them.
• In connection with the above item, keep your eye peeled for potential door openers and even prime movers. If you don't do it, who will?
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 47 different countries and 47 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, India, Canada, and Australia. People in Ghana, Belgium, Barbados, Qatar, and Nepal spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular posting this past week was once again "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," followed by "Aristotle on Private Property," "The Keynesian Paradox of Thrift," "In the Blink of an Eye," and Finding the Right Negatives.
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.