It has become almost physically painful this week to see how adroitly some people can twist what you say and change the meaning 180 degrees. No, not the Vice Presidential "debate," but the meaning of property, money, credit, even insurance, particularly capital credit insurance. The basic problem is that people remain stuck in the "past savings paradigm" on which the mainstream schools of economics are based, and which leads inevitably to either capitalism or socialism, which morph in turn into the "Servile State." Here's what we've been doing to try and turn the tide:
• We have prepared a two-page summary of the Justice University concept that we hope to take to various educational institutions to develop a pilot program to initiative the teaching of justice in schools.
• On Sunday, we have received permission to sell selected CESJ publications at a local church. The church will receive 20% of gross sales. This is also a pilot program to test and see if churches, civic groups, schools and other organizations can use CESJ publications as fundraisers.
• A letter was sent to The Washington Post today, commenting on Harold Meyerson's column about the presumed necessity of redistribution of existing wealth in order to keep the economy running at a "zero-growth" level. We suggested that he consider the possibility of financing growth with "pure credit" and eliminate the need for widespread redistribution by establishing and maintaining a program of widespread capital ownership.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 51 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 United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and Canada. People in Taiwan, Estonia, Australia, Portugal, and Zambia spent the most average time on the blog. The most popular postings this past week were "Aristotle on Private Property," "Thomas Hobbes on Private Property," "The Theory of Quantitative Easing," "Own the Fed, Part I: Introduction," and "The Strange Case of the Ignored Encyclical."
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.