There are a number of very exciting things going on. Unfortunately, from a typical "news orientation" it's a little like reporting the grass growing. Yes, it's very important that the grass grow, and the results should be phenomenal, but do you really want to read about it, or (worse) watch it?
In this case — yes! The Just Third Way turns economics from "the dismal science" into something not merely hopeful, but an actual life (and economy) saver:
• On Monday of this week, Dr. Shelton A. Gunarate, professor of Mass Communications (emeritus) Minnesota State University, Moorhead posted a very good "outsider's" view of the Just Third Way on "Lankaweb," a forum for the latest news from and discussion on Sri Lanka. There are one or two things that are not quite from our perspective or orientation, but that's small stuff. The article is a good summary.
• Norman Kurland spoke on Tuesday at American University in Washington, DC. The talk was on "Islam and Occupy Wall Street: From Problems to Solutions." The talk was oriented toward the Just Third Way reforms as a way of meeting the demands of the "Occupiers," and showing how the principles of the Just Third Way are consistent with the major (and minor) religions of the world.
• Amazon has put up the "thumbnail" illustrations for the novels of John Henry Newman recently published by Universal Values Media, Inc., a small for-profit publisher that works with CESJ's publishing program. If anyone who has an internet bookstore and is interested in using book sales to raise funds for, e.g., schools and churches, please make contact with CESJ at "publications [at] cesj [dot] org with your needs, and we'll see if there's a fit.
• The latest CESJ publication, an annotated edition of William Thomas Thornton's A Plea for Peasant Proprietors, With the Outlines of a Plan for Their Establishment in Ireland (1848, 1874) went to the printers on Wednesday. Bulk orders (ten or more copies) should be available next week at $20 per copy plus shipping. To reserve copies in bulk, send an enquiry to "publications [at] cesj [dot] org." Be sure to say how many copies you want and a street address for shipping. We'll let you know how much the shipping will be by return e-mail, and you can place an order.
• Supporting Life: The Case for a Pro-Life Economic Agenda (2010) has been submitted as CESJ's entry into the Atlas Foundation's annual Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award to honor outstanding publications produced by independent public policy research institutes that have made the greatest contributions to the public understanding of a free society.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 60 different countries and 50 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, Canada, Australia and Bulgaria. People in Australia, Venezuela, India, the United States and Slovenia spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "It's the Academics v. the Politicians . . . v. Economic Reality, Part I: Accounting," "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," Orestes Brownson and Socialism, I: The Evil," "How Joe Lunchbucket Could Get Money for Capital Homesteading," and "The Political Animal, Part XIX."
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.