As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, John Henry Newman tended to rely on absolutes discerned by faith and reason instead of transitory popular fads, expedience, or even earthshaking changes in society in forming his opinions. Newman had, in the best sense, the extreme disadvantage of being an unworldly person in an increasingly materialistic society. This explains many things that have baffled modern commentators as well as Newman’s own “failures” in carrying out projects that relied in any degree on matters outside of the realm of personal faith and reason.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
Just Third Way Podcast No. 27
This week’s Just Third Way Podcast is actually the first part of a rebroadcast of a “FOCUS” (Follow One Course Until Successful) show with host Meshorn Daniels of "DAS" and guest Dr. Norman G. Kurland. Sit back and enjoy!
Friday, July 27, 2018
News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 30
Some weeks there are a lot of things going on in the Global Justice Movement. Other weeks there are still a lot of things happening, except nobody tells us what they are. . . . Be that as it may, here are this week’s items:
Thursday, July 26, 2018
A Grammar of Assent
We closed the previous posting on this subject with the statement that while American type liberalism and European and English type liberalism are all “liberalism,” there is a fundamental difference between the American version and the other two. In brief, where European liberalism puts sovereignty into the abstraction of the collective, and English liberalism puts sovereignty into the abstraction of an élite (ultimately the same thing, for an élite of some sort always ends up in control of the collective), American liberalism puts sovereignty solely and exclusively into the human person.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
An Introduction to American Liberalism
On Christmas Day in the year 1797, Luigi Barnabà Chiaramonte (1742-1823), bishop of Imola, astounded conservatives in the congregation at his cathedral by declaring that there is no necessary conflict between Christianity and democracy. Nor did Chiaramonte change his liberal position when he was elected to the papacy in 1800, taking the name Pius VII.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
How About English Liberalism?
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, and as is clear to anyone who has looked into the career of John Henry Newman, one of the main reasons for the Oxford Movement, if not the reason (understood in its broadest sense), was the concern he and others had regarding the spread of liberalism and its result on the clergy and laity of the Church of England.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Just Third Way Podcast No. 26
This week we have a very special program on the Just Third Way Podcast: Civil Rights Legend the Reverend Dr. Virgil Wood, who was the New England representative for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today Dr. Wood talks about “jubilee,” civil rights, and empowering all with economic opportunity through ownership. He also mentions Dr. King’s encouragement for him to pursue the advancement of Kelso’s philosophies!
Friday, July 20, 2018
News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 29
A great many things have been happening on the Just Third Way home front, not the least is the discovery of a “missing link” tying together Cardinal Newman, Msgr. R.H. Benson, Msgr. Ronald Knox, G.K. Chesterton, and Abp. Fulton J. Sheen! We predict that a lot of preconceptions and assumptions are going to bite the dust with a rather loud thump when we complete our research and make it public. Until then, however, there are other important things happening in the movement:
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Liberalism? Which One? European?
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the authorities generally list four primary causes of the decay of the Church of England and the beginning of the Oxford Movement. All of these are interrelated, and it is actually impossible to discuss them intelligently in isolation. These are 1) Getting involved in politics, 2) Erastianism, or the State moving into determining religious beliefs, practices, and policies, 3) A confusion of the religious identity of the Church of England itself, and 4) The rise of liberalism.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Religion Without God
Following up on the previous posting on this subject (i.e., John Henry Newman), we need to look at the specific situation in which he found himself. As was the case with all mainstream Christian churches in the early nineteenth century, the Church of England was in serious trouble. Nor was this situation limited to religious society. In the wake of the French Revolution, Church, State, and Family seemed to be dissolving in chaos everywhere in Europe.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Charles Kingsley and John Henry Newman, II
In the previous posting on this subject, we found that the Reverend Charles Kingsley, who had accused John Henry Newman in print of being a liar, actually admitted in the course of preparing his final blast at Newman that his original accusation was false. Despite that, Kingsley informed a friend of his that he was going to continue making new accusations until he had taken revenge on Newman for some undisclosed transgression Newman had allegedly committed against Kingsley twenty years before.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Just Third Way Podcast No. 25
Yes, we know that we labeled last week’s podcast Number 25 . . . but there was a good reason for that: we made a mistake. Or there was miscommunication. Or something. We ran President Reagan’s speech before the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice from 1987 and labeled it “Podcast #25,” even though as a “rerun” (so to speak) it doesn’t really fit into the series.
Friday, July 13, 2018
News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 28
With the summer about half over, it is encouraging that there are so many signs that people are starting to wake up to the potential of the Just Third Way. There are only a few news items this week, but they are of “high quality.” Of course, all of our news items are always of “high quality,” but these add a bit of significance to people outside the movement as well:
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Charles Kingsley and John Henry Newman, I
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, back in the middle of the nineteenth century a man named Charles Kingsley, a successful and well-known Anglican clergyman, seemingly out of the blue attacked a semi-retired Catholic clergyman by the name of John Henry Newman, a convert to Catholicism who was regarded even by himself as a failure.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
John Henry Newman and Charles Kingsley
Everybody knows about John Henry Newman. He tried to turn the Church of England into the Catholic Church, and when that didn’t work he became a real Catholic. He then wrote a bunch of books about how to start a university and apologize for everything, and then had a big fight with Pope Pius IX because they didn’t allow him to dissent about papal infallibility, so he wrote a book about how to dissent without seeming to dissent, and he was right because Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal . . . right?
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A New, Anti-Human Role for the State
In the previous posting on this subject, we examined Woodrow Wilson’s philosophy of government. We decided (we don’t know what you decided) that Wilson’s approach to government was not exactly respectful of the human person, dignity, and all that.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Just Third Way Podcast No. 24-1/2
This week on the Just Third Way Podcast we have a very special guest: President Ronald Reagan! This is a live recording of the talk President Reagan gave when receiving the report of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice in 1987. For those of you unfamiliar with the Task Force and who think that “government” has to do everything, Project Economic Justice was a private initiative using no government (i.e., taxpayer) money:
Friday, July 6, 2018
News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 27
One of the interesting things about investigating the roots of the Just Third Way is the fact that we keep uncovering things that support what we’re saying, and that undermine claims made by those who either oppose the Just Third Way (very few, actually, if you limit it to those with valid critiques) or who just plain don’t understand the Just Third Way. For example, this week we found an article from 1855 that describes the tactics of the socialists: if something doesn’t fly, or people become outraged, shift immediately to something emotional instead of rational, and hide whatever is offensive under another name. But there is some good news as well:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Government of the Élite, by the Élite, and for the Élite
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, Woodrow Wilson’s political philosophy boiled down to “might makes right.” Something was right because he believed it was so, not because it met or measured up to any objective standard of good. In that, Wilson simply echoed the totalitarian philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Happy Independence Day!
We suppose we really should post something to the effect that if you want true independence, you need a capital stake sufficient to generate an adequate and secure income. Since we say that in virtually every other posting one way or another, and today is a holiday, we're letting those of you who actually visit this blog instead of spending time with friends and family off the hook — for today, anyway:
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Woodrow Wilson’s Political Philosophy
We’ve been looking at Woodrow Wilson and his role in eliminating the vestiges of what was once known as “Lincoln Republicanism,” i.e., a political philosophy that viewed government as being of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Progressive Party was pretty much the last gasp of the type of Republicanism that replaced the Whig Party and ran Abraham Lincoln for president back in the day.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Just Third Way Podcast No. 24
Wait! Didn't we see JTW Podcast # 24 LAST week? Yes, we did. Frankly, it was so well received that we decided to give in to popular demand and run it again this week. Since Wednesday is a holiday in the United States, this will give everyone a chance to catch up on all the podcasts they missed. So, for your listening pleasure, we again have a panel discussion on the Capital Homesteading concept. The CESJ core group gets together and fields some insightful questions and comments from your host, Dave Hamill —
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