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Friday, March 5, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 09

Today’s news notes may require a caveat.  CESJ is not, as an organization, either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”  Members and supporters make up their own minds and are free to do so.  Many people in CESJ, however, are of the opinion that any government that adopts the Economic Democracy Act would also remove any economic justification or excuse for abortion.  Many people in CESJ also believe (with some vocal dissenters) that using government money to support abortion violates the “social contract” between citizens and their government.  With that in mind, some of the news items explain how — using abortion funding as one example — private organizations and government can “hide” money they don’t want to account for::

Thursday, March 4, 2021

1. Five Roadblocks to Social Justice: Social Justice!

      As a slight change of pace (although not very much of one), we thought we’d address some basic concepts and principles that stand in the way of carrying out acts of social justice instead of simply talking about situations that need to be addressed through acts of social justice.  Of course, paradoxically, these “Five Roadblocks to Social Justice” are things that need to be addressed by acts of social justice, with the first being social justice itself!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Are All Things Lawful to the Elect?


In his book, Enthusiasm (1950), Monsignor Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957) noted what he called the “ultrasupernaturalist” or enthusiastic tendency to subordinate everything, especially the precepts of the natural law, to one’s desires and personal interpretation of something accepted as God’s Will . . . or one’s personal will, if he or she happens to be a self-contained deity.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Two Modern Problems


Be warned: today’s posting gets into philosophy, which we define as “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.”  Having a philosophy means that you have some framework for understanding what you know (why you know something), what’s real and what’s not real, and whether or not you exist.  Not caring about these things is as much a philosophy as discussing them at great length.

Monday, March 1, 2021

JTW Podcast: Economic Personalism, Introduction


In something of a change of pace, this week’s video begins a series based on the new book, Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, which can be purchased or downloaded free by following the link.  This week we have an introduction to the subject:

Friday, February 26, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 08


Another week has gone by with the world enslaved to the Keynesian concept of the absolute necessity of past savings to finance new capital formation and economic growth, and the related Keynesian idea that to stimulate consumer demand you need to flood the world with fiat money backed only by government debt.  And the result?  Little actual capital formation, spreading poverty, and massive government debt.  Is there a better way?  Yes.  The Economic Democracy Act.  In the meantime:

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Interpreting the Goals of the Great Reset


Whether or not anyone realizes it, everyone has a philosophy of some sort.  To understand the Great Reset, it is essential to know the philosophy behind it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“All Products Will Have Become Services”


Analyzing the Great Reset is made more difficult by the fact that, like Pope Saint Pius X’s comment about modernism, it is presented “without order and systematic arrangement” (Pascendi Dominici Gregis, § 4) in a loose, even chaotic manner.  Rhetoric plays to the emotions, and goals are stated in vague terms that leave far too much to personal interpretation and imagination on the part of both adherents and opponents.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Goals of the Great Reset


Individuals and groups promoting the Great Reset appear to be motivated by a genuine concern for the future of humanity and of the planet.  In our experience, however, that simply adds to the seriousness of the problem.  It shifts the basis of argument away from knowledge and reason based on the intellect, to opinion and faith based on the will.

Monday, February 22, 2021

JTW Podcast: Church Militant, The Great Reset


This week’s video podcast contains material with which we may not agree, and that CESJ cannot as a non-political/interfaith 501(c)(3) in any way endorse or promote, but the sections on private property are both useful and informative — this is an "informational" not an "advisory" video.  The mention of Fulton Sheen is also interesting:

Friday, February 19, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 07


Although things may seem pretty dark at the moment, some good things are happening . . . if we stop to take a look:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Minimum Wage and the Role of the State

     A few days ago in a “distributist” forum on FaceBook, someone posted a link to an article in Newsweek about fast food workers calling for a nation-wide strike to get a $15.00 minimum wage, “I Work at McDonald’s, Risking My Life Every Day. Don’t Thank Me. Pass a $15 Minimum Wage/Opinion.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Best Form of Government

     Possibly as a result of some people in the “distributist community” deciding on a name change for the concept (from “distributism” to “localism”), we recently got a question regarding the form of government that best conforms to the distributist ideal.  For reasons that we hope will become obvious, we won’t address whether the name change was good, bad, or indifferent.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The New Christianity and the Great Reset

     As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the “new things” (rerum novarum) of socialism and modernism were not merely a new religion.  They constituted a new idea of what religion should be: rejection of what Pope Pius XI would later (misleadingly) call “the Reign of Christ the King” in favor of creating the perfect life here in this life, “the Kingdom of God on Earth.”

Monday, February 15, 2021

JTW Podcast: The Just Third Way with Norman Kurland


This week’s video podcast is a slight change of pace: Steve Cunningham interviews Norman Kurland and they discuss the Just Third Way:

Friday, February 12, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 06


In a not unexpected development, the Biden administration is rushing headlong into pumping money into the economy, thereby making a bad situation worse and creating a spiral that requires continuous emergency measures that never normalize the situation.  Even the much-touted calls for “unity” seem to redefine the term as submission to injustice for the sake of order and peace instead of a genuine development of solidarity:

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Appearances Can Deceive


At first it was touted as David versus Goliath — the “GameStop Mania,” which bore a striking resemblance to a number of other events in history chronicled by Charles MacKay in his 1841 classic, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.  The price of the shares of a company pretty much off the map was bid up and down in a speculative frenzy ostensibly intended to teach the Big Money Wall Street Élite (BMWSE) a lesson in humility.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A New Idea of Religion


In the previous posting on this subject, we saw how “the theory of certitude” — essentially a variation on Neo-Platonism (bet you never thought you’d see that term in a blog posting) — gave many people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, a very wrong and even contradictory understanding of “papal infallibility.”  By assuming the pope has the power to create new truth in all areas instead of discerning existing truth restricted to faith and morals, Félicité de Lamennais and subsequent modernists (both reactionary and radical) set up a Catch-22 for themselves.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Wrong Idea of Infallibility


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, Félicité de Lamennais dismissed individual reason and claimed that truth resides only in the general reason as the result of direct revelation from God.  Consequently, something is true because someone believes it; it is not believed because it is true.  This requires a central religious authority — the pope — to determine truth and communicate it to believers.

Monday, February 8, 2021

JTW Podcast: A Meeting with Pope Francis


This week’s video podcast is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series on “Economic Personalism versus The Great Reset”.  Again, this is loosely related to the book, Economic Personalism, but it is more in the nature of a somewhat informal conversation about applying the principles of economic personalism to a specific situation.  Today we look at what we’d like to say to Pope Francis if we happen to have a meeting with him any time soon:

Friday, February 5, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 05


Things continue to move forward surprisingly well, despite some bad news we received this week::

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Félicité de Lamennais and the “Theory of Certitude”


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, l’abbe Hugues Félicité Robert de Lamennais and two friends, Charles Forbes René de Montalembert and Jean-Baptiste Henri Dominique Lacordaire, calling themselves “the Pilgrims of God and Liberty” had gone to Rome in the early months of the pontificate of Gregory XVI to meet with him and get a papal endorsement of their activities.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Pilgrims of God and Liberty


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, contrary to the common sense approach that the common good should be structured so that people can meet their own needs through their own efforts, the principle of the New Christian Prophet Henri de Saint-Simon was that the whole of society should be dedicated to taking care of people, that simply because they exist, people have an absolute right to everything they need, and sometimes what they want . . . which effectively abolishes private property in both labor and capital.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

“An Excess of Charity”


In working to advance the cause of human dignity and understanding of social justice, it has become increasingly clear over the past several decades (yes, decades) not only that people are a little unclear as to the meaning of human dignity and social justice, they are also more than a little vague about what constitutes charity and justice . . . without which respect for human dignity is only so much noise.

Monday, February 1, 2021

JTW Podcast: Paying the Piper


This week’s video podcast is the third installment of a four-part series on “Economic Personalism versus The Great Reset”.  While this is loosely related to the book, Economic Personalism, it is more in the nature of a somewhat informal conversation about applying the principles of economic personalism to a specific situation.  Today we look at why who pays for something has the right to control it.

Friday, January 29, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 04


Despite the sad state of the economy and the efforts of today’s politicians to cut each other’s throats instead of the deficit, there are a number of good things happening:

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Joseph Pearce Again Disappoints


This past Tuesday (January 26, 2021), Mr.* Joseph Pearce presented the second half of a talk on G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man (1925).  The talk, given under the aegis of the Institute of Catholic Culture, was sponsored by Christendom College.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sound Money for a Sound Economy


In the previous posting on this subject, we looked at the two main problems with Keynesian monetary theory.  To summarize, these are, one, the amount of money (understood by Keynes as limited exclusively to government-created currency) in the economy is determined by political needs, not economic or financial.  Two, all money should be backed by government debt instead of private sector hard assets.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A Chestertonian Challenge


In the previous posting on this subject, I expressed my disappointment at Dr. Joseph Pearce’s ignoring a question I submitted twice.  The question was germane to the topic — Gilbert Keith Chesterton’s 1925 book, The Everlasting Man — and was, in fact, related to the whole focus of Chesterton’s life and work.  As I asked,

Monday, January 25, 2021

JTW Podcast: The Great Reset v. Private Property


This week’s video podcast is the second installment of a four-part series on “Economic Personalism versus The Great Reset”.  Again, this is loosely related to the book, Economic Personalism, but is more in the nature of a somewhat informal conversation about applying the principles of economic personalism to a specific situation.

Friday, January 22, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 03


Apart from what’s been going on in the U.S. capital, this has been quite a newsworthy week for the Just Third Way, especially in the area of outreach:

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Disappointing Dr. Joseph Pearce


On Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021, I was privileged to listen to an on-line lecture  by the Great Joseph Pearce, as he was introduced.  Sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Culture, the talk was the first in a two-part series on G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man (1925).  As Dr. Pearce has something of a reputation as a Chesterton scholar, I expected to hear something that might deepen my understanding of this unique individual.  Not that all individuals aren’t unique, of course, but Chesterton made a career of it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Two Different Types of Savings


In the previous posting on this subject, we closed by noting that, if new capital formation cannot take place without savings (which have never not only not denied, but freely admit), and yet we’ve demonstrated beyond the shadow of any doubt whatsoever that existing savings cannot possibly account for the vast amount of capital that exists in the modern world, where on Earth did the financing come from?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Testing the Keynesian Hypothesis


It’s common to say when something bad happens that “It could be worse.”  Of course it could be worse.  It could also be better.  Anybody can make something worse.  The real trick is to make something better.

Monday, January 18, 2021

JTW Podcast: “Economic Personalism v. The Great Reset


For the video podcast this week, we have the first installment of a four-part series on “Economic Personalism versus The Great Reset”.  This is loosely related to the book, Economic Personalism, but is more in the nature of a somewhat informal conversation about applying the principles of economic personalism to a specific situation.

Friday, January 15, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 02


Some interesting developments have happened this week, some of which make the so-called “new normal” sound an awful lot like the old normal (or, from the Just Third Way point of view, the old abnormal).  Be that as it may, it remains the case that things are not as bad as they seem (nor are they worse), and people will realize this as soon as they recognize the potential of the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism to bring about effective, just change:

Thursday, January 14, 2021

A “Debt Tsunami”


As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, the global debt crisis has reached epic proportions.  Naturally, this is being blamed on the pandemic, but that ignores the fact that the situation existed long before the pandemic.  This “suggests” (to put it mildly) that the pandemic simply exposed the rather large flaws in the existing system and exacerbated an already bad situation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A New Philosophy of Public Debt


Back in 1943, as Keynesian monetary policy was completing its first decade, Dr. Harold Glenn Moulton, president of the Brookings Institution, published a pamphlet, The New Philosophy of Public Debt.  Although today Brookings is solid Keynesian in its approach, while Moulton was at the helm it presented an alternative to what many regarded as Keynes’s unwise, even dangerous monetary and fiscal policy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

More Policy Objectives of Economic Democracy


In the previous posting on this subject, we presented some of the “policy objectives” of the Economic Democracy Act.  Today we conclude our discussion by presenting another batch.  There are more than those listed in these two blog postings, of course, but this is enough to start:

Monday, January 11, 2021

JTW Podcast: Book Review of “Economic Personalism”


On today’s video podcast, we bring you a book review/interview on CESJ’s latest publication, Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Citizen.  The book just came out litter over a month aga, but is already beginning to make a splash:

Friday, January 8, 2021

News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 01


Our first news items of the New Year!  It just might be that 2021 might be “The Year” for the Just Third Way:

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Policy Objectives of the Economic Democracy Act


Following up on yesterday’s blog posting, today we take a look at some of the policy objectives of what we call “the Economic Democracy Act.”  To meet Social Security and Medicare entitlements, and provide for their eventual phasing out as the mainstay of retirement income for most Americans, and to shift the Federal Government’s role from today’s income redistribution policies to the more limited and healthy role of encouraging economic justice through free enterprise growth, the Economic Democracy Act would:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

An Alternative to the Servile State


In the previous posting on this subject, we criticized the so-called “Great Reset” on the grounds that it really wouldn’t do anything other than exaggerate the flaws in the current system.  In our opinion, the socialized capitalism (or capitalized socialism) of the Great Reset doesn’t do anything except accelerate the alienation of human persons from society.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The New Servile State?

 

Back in 1912, Hilaire Belloc wrote what many consider to be his best book, The Servile State.  Belloc emphasized that he was referring not to socialism or capitalism, per se, but to what we today in the Just Third Way loosely label “the wage system.”  It was Belloc’s megablast against the Fabian socialism that he saw taking over the British Empire.

Monday, January 4, 2021

JTW Podcast: RH Benson’s The Dawn of All


Yes, this is about the Just Third Way, too.  Remember the podcast on Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World?  A few years later, Benson was annoyed that people insisted on taking his satire as “prophecy” that he decided to write The Dawn of All, a “counterblast” (his word), in which everything in Lord of the World was flipped on its head.

Friday, January 1, 2021