Things continue to move forward surprisingly well, despite some bad news we received this week::
• Harold Hudson Channer RIP. We recently learned about the death of Harold Channer on New Year’s Eve. Harold, the host of the Harold Channer Show in Manhattan, one of the oldest community access shows in the country. Harold was a member of CESJ and a strong advocate of binary economics. He interviewed some of the most significant figures of the 20th Century, including Louis Kelso, R. Buckminster Fuller, Isaac Asimov, Garry Davis and others. Norman Kurland, president of CESJ, was one of Harold’s earliest interviewees. Manhattan Neighborhood Network has posted an “In Memoriam.”
• Abraham Federation, Anyone?. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project opined on “Abraham’s Missing Children: Christians” (WSJ, 02/05/21, A-15). The Christian minority in the Holy Land has been in decline for some time, and Nicholson’s solution seems to be that Christians should establish some sort of political presence there to balance that of Muslims and Jews. It’s not clear how increasing the politization of religion will help anyone. What Nicholson needs to consider is the Abraham Federation, that will take politics out of religion (and vice versa — at least in the narrow sense of modern politics), and provide a solid foundation for building a more just and human future for all.
• NCEO Fellowships. The National Center for Employee Ownership in Oakland, California, is offering Fellowships to qualified candidates, with stipends from $12,500 to $25,000. Qualified candidates include doctoral candidates and post-doctoral.
• Just Third Way Response to the “Great Reset”. CESJ’s Directors of Communications and Research have been approached by a major Catholic publisher about preparing a natural law-based response to the “Great Reset” proposed by Klause Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum in 1971, According to Schwab, the three goals of the “Great Reset” are 1) Creating conditions for a “stakeholder economy”—improving policies and agreements on taxes, regulations, fiscal policies, and trade to result in “fairer outcomes”, 2) Large-scale pandemic spending programs with private investments and pension funds, could improve on the old system by building one that is more “resilient, equitable, and sustainable” over the long term by “building green urban infrastructure and creating incentives for industries to improve their track record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics”, and 3) “[H]arness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” for the public good. We believe the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism can accomplish the same or similar goals without undesirable side effects.
• Economic Personalism Landing Page Launched. A landing page for CESJ’s latest publication, Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, has been created and can be accessed by clicking on this link. Everyone is encouraged to visit the page and send the link out to their networks.
• Economic Personalism. When you purchase a copy of Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, be sure you post a review after you’ve read it. It is available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble at the cover price of $10 per copy. You can also download the free copy in .pdf available from the CESJ website. If you’d like to order in bulk (i.e., ten or more copies) at the wholesale price, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. CESJ members get a $2 rebate per copy on submission of proof of purchase. Wholesale case lots of 52 copies are available at $350, plus shipping (whole case lots ONLY). Prices are in U.S. dollars.
• Sensus Fidelium Videos, Update. CESJ’s new series of videos for Sensus Fidelium contrasting economic personalism and the Great Reset is off to a good start, although we missed this past week due to unforeseen circumstances. The latest Sensus Fidelium video is “The Just Third Way with Norman Kurland.” The latest completed series on “the Great Reset” can be found on the “Playlist” for the series. We expect to begin a new series on Economic Personalism next week, but the previous series of sixteen videos on socialism is available by clicking on the link: “Socialism, Modernism, and the New Age,” along with some book reviews and other selected topics. For “interfaith” presentations to a Catholic audience they’ve proved to be popular, with over 101,000 views to date. They aren’t really “Just Third Way videos,” but they do incorporate a Just Third Way perspective. You can access the playlist for the entire series The point of the videos is to explain how socialism and socialist assumptions got such a stranglehold on the understanding of the role of the State and thus the interpretation of Catholic social teaching, and even the way non-Catholics and even non-Christians understand the roles of Church, State, and Family, and the human person’s place in society.
• 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 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 36 different countries and 41 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “News from the Network, Vol. 14, No. 4,” “JTW Podcast: Paying the Piper,” “Joseph Pearce Again Disappoints,” “‘An Excess of Charity’,” and “The Pilgrims of God and Liberty.”
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.” Due to imprudent language on the part of some commentators, we removed temptation and disabled comments.#30#