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, 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.
• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to get the names and contact number of members to contact about the bill.
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https://smile.amazon.com/. 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.