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Friday, May 3, 2019

News from the Network, Vol. 12, No. 18

Back in the early nineteenth century, the proto-socialist and founder of “the New Christianity” Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon (1760-1825), tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.  He missed, but his followers claimed that the shock brought about his realization that he was either God’s Special Messenger or possibly even God.  Ever since, failure has been taken as proving that socialism actually works.  It only fails because people can’t seem to deal with a system that relies on them becoming God.  We, of course, just assume that people are going to keep on being people, so the Just Third Way is based on working with human nature rather than trying to change it:

Richard Lugar
• Richard Lugar, Just Third Way Advocate.  Richard Lugar, who died April 28, was one of the co-sponsors of the legislation in 1985 the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice.  In 1987, CESJ representatives presented the Task Force report, High Road to Economic Justice, to President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, as a result of which His Holiness personally encouraged the work of CESJ.  CESJ’s compilation, Every Worker an Owner, served as the orientation book for the task force.  This book was later translated into Polish and 40,000 copies were distributed throughout Solidarity channels in Poland, prior to the collapse of the Soviet system.  It should be pointed out that the work of the Task Force was carried out without one cent (or even more) taxpayer money.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
• Ukraine’s New President.  Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a Jewish comedian (whoever heard of such a thing!) managed to get elected president with 73% of the vote without making too many concrete promises.  His previous experience in politics consisted of playing the part of president on television; he supports free distribution of weed (for medicinal purposes only, of course), free abortion (eliminating future voters who might go the other way), and legalized prostitution and gambling.  He also opposes the legalization of “weapons,” which we assume means firearms, since virtually anything can be turned into a “weapon” one way or another.  Although many people in Ukraine don’t know what to expect, they do know they want change.  With the right kind of change, of course, it wouldn’t matter what the president supports or opposes if it went against the will of the people, for the right kind of change would empower people, not government.  That is the kind of change Zelenskiy should work for, and the Just Third Way embodied in the platform of the Unite Ukraine Party . . . that is, the Unite America Party could be just what the people ordered.
Stephen Moore
• Federal Reserve Follies.  Fixated on the Keynesian dogma that economic growth is impossible without inflation (except that Keynes claimed in his General Theory that a rise in the price level before reaching full employment is not real inflation . . .), Keynesians and MMT adherents have gone into hysterical overdrive over the nomination of Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board.  This is because Moore has the quaint idea that economic growth is possible without inflation, or even a rise in the price level due to other causes, as Keynes said.  This, of course, begs the question, for a rise in the price level IS inflation!  Keynes’s analysis is like saying no longer being alive is due to causes other than death.  In any event, history and the analysis of Harold G. Moulton, president of the Brookings Institution from 1928 to 1952 contradict the Keynesian doctrine.  Moulton pointed out that following the Civil War, at a time when there was serious deflation and a falling price level, the United States experienced a period of economic growth unequaled in history.  This could not have been due to the Homestead Act of 1862, because according to academic experts, the Act was a failure and only benefited a few people other than the rich.  It couldn’t have been due to inflation, because the problem (as William Jennings Bryan and others declared as they agitated for “cheap money” and “free silver”) was deflation.  Now, we disagree (sort of) with Moore’s prescription about how to bring about growth without inflation, viz., tax cuts, deregulation, sound money, and pro-business policies.  These are good things . . . but how to achieve them is rather questionable within Moore’s “Currency Principle” paradigm that takes the idea that money is a commodity as a given.  On the other hand, if William Jennings Bryan could be convinced of Just Third Way monetary reforms to the degree that he and Carter Glass were the champions of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, then there is surely hope for Moore.
• Texas House Bill 1198 Moves Forward.  According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, a state bill in Texas to encourage ESOPs is gaining ground, but it may need some help.  If you’re in Texas and want to move things forward, the NCEO asks that you please contact Corey Rosen at as soon as possible to get the names and contact number of members to contact about the bill.
Kelso: "Property in everyday life, is the right of control.”
• What Do You Mean by “Ownership”?.  As reported by the NCEO, Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment and communications electronics vendor, claims it is 99% owned by most of its 174,000 employees.  Others claim it is really controlled by the Chinese government. A paper by Donald Clarke of George Washington University and Christopher Balding of Fulbright University Vietnam argues that while employees “own” 99% of the company’s equity value through a union-operated “synthetic equity” plan, workers have no control. The remaining 1% is owned by the founder. Clarke and Balding say that because the union is effectively controlled by the government, the government really controls the company. Huawei disagrees. Assessing this issue depends on what people mean by “ownership.” Of course, as Louis Kelso said, “Property in everyday life, is the right of control.”  As Kelso said this in a 1957 article titled “Karl Marx: The Almost Capitalist,” it appears that the Chinese government learned its Marxist lessons well.  Or it could have been the agrarian socialist Henry George, who noted that as long as the State receives all the fruits of ownership, it doesn’t actually have to hold legal title!
Robert Owen
• Life of Robert Owen.  This week we received two biographies of Robert Owen, whom many consider England’s first and greatest socialist, the two volume life by Frank Podmore, who was one of the founders of the Fabian Society, and Frederick Packard’s.  Owen was, at least, England’s most sincere and honest socialist: where other socialists demanded that the rich give up their wealth, Owen used his own fortune and nearly went bankrupt trying to get his utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana (near Evansville), off the ground, a lesson learned by Friedrich Engels, who thought it better to confiscate the wealth of others to finance socialism instead of using his own money.  (Side note: according to Engels, the reason he and Marx decided to use the old term communism for their version of scientific socialism instead of the new term socialism was that followers of Owen had captured socialism for Owen’s theories.)  Owen believed in absolute equality of all people, men, women, and children . . . unless they were black, in which case he excluded them from his Utopia.  (His son, however, claimed that he, Robert Dale Owen, suggested the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln, possibly to make up for his father’s racism.)  Owen also claimed that the establishment and maintenance of the Kingdom of God on Earth meant getting rid of organized religion, abolishing private property, and eliminating marriage and family, as all three interfered with the human person’s natural development into a moral being.  After the collapse of the New Harmony project, Owen returned to England and continued writing about his ideas, living on an annuity of £300 ($1,500) provided by his sons, and communicating with the spirits of the Duke of Kent, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Shelly, Byron, and a number of the prophets and patriarchs..
Shop online and support CESJ’s work! Did you know that by making your purchases through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will make a contribution to CESJ? Here’s how: First, go to  Next, sign in to your Amazon account.  (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.)  Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.”  If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through.  Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.
Blog Readership.  We have had visitors from 35 different countries and 44 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the Philippines.  The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Poverty v. Destitution,” “The Four Pillars of Socialism,” “The Purpose of Production,” “People and Things,” and “The Age of Aquarius.”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least those 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, so we’ll see it before it goes up.