Wednesday, March 30, 2022
On Sunday, March 27, 2022, President Zelenskyy of Ukraine gave an interview to Russian journalists . . . which the Kremlin has banned from viewing in Russia. From the Just Third Way point of view, the most interesting part of the interview was when Zelenskyy invited Russians to bring themselves (and their money) to Ukraine to help them rebuild.
Monday, March 28, 2022
This week we have an interview by Jesse Romero — the Jesse half of the Terry and Jesse Show — of the authors of The Greater Reset, the new book by Dawn K. Brohawn, Director of Communications of the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), and Michael D. Greaney, CESJ’s Director of Research. If you’re not Catholic (or even if you are) you might find the first quarter hour a little outside your area of interest, but either hang in there or fast forward, whatever suits your mood at the moment:
Friday, March 25, 2022
Depending on who you’re talking to, President Biden and other world leaders are either doing ’way too much or nowhere near enough about Ukraine and one or two . . . million other problems. Of course, from our perspective, world leaders don’t lack the goodwill and the resources so much as the right framework of analysis, an obvious reference to the fact that few if any world leaders seem to be aware of the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism. President Zelensky would, we believe, be enthusiastic about it if we could get it to him, while Putin would (in our opinion) view it as an even greater threat to his wealth and power than NATO, as you can see from the first of today’s news items:
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
It will soon (we hope) become a pastime of armchair generals and amateur historians to discuss endlessly whether there has ever been a more vicious, psychotic, or incompetent military operation — special or otherwise — in the history of the world than Putin’s War. If the current president of Russia wanted to ensure that his name would always be remembered as a byword for pure evil, he has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.
Monday, March 21, 2022
This week we present Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s speech to the United States Congress:
Friday, March 18, 2022
In Fiddler on the Roof, someone asks the village Rabbi if there is a proper blessing for the Tzar. He replies, “Of course . . . ‘May God bless and keep the Tzar . . . far away from us!’” Many people, and not just Russians, are no doubt invoking a similar blessing for Putin. An old prayer goes, “Savior of the world, save Russia!” to which we might add, “and everyone else from Russia.”
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
What happens when a country cannot or will not pay its sovereign debt (government bonds and other obligations of the State) or even the interest on it? Similarly, what happens if a government pays off its debts with its own worthless currency, despite the fact that the debt is denominated in that of another country?
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Monday, March 14, 2022
Remember the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s? If you do, you’re one of the oldest people on Earth. You may, however, have seen the Marx Brothers film based on it, The Cocoanuts (1929), which may actually not be quite as insane as the boom itself. Why bring this up? It turns out that the alarming Chinese economic dragon may be as hollow as the fearsome Russian military bear — able to do a lot of damage, even on an apocalyptic scale, but something that will ultimately collapse in on itself . . . after causing massive damage on a global scale.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
As we saw in “Putin’s Problems,” the previous posting on this subject, the Ukrainian “Special Military Operation” (a.k.a. “Putin’s War,” “Invasion,” “Assault,” “Genocide,” etc.), Vladimir Putin, the Autocrat of All the Russias (and anywhere else that won’t stand up to him), consists largely of what can only be called “applied knavish imbecility.”
Monday, March 7, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022
Given Vladimir Putin’s unilateral declaration of war against the human race, our lead stories this week are focused on the situation in Ukraine and Russia. As one of our correspondents in Ukraine near Kyiv has expressed complete disbelief even now that it is happening, that because of one deranged lunatic, cities are being bombed and women and children murdered. Still, there is some good news . . . after we give you the bad news.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
No, we’re not departing from the general theme of the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism on this blog. Today, however, we’re going to look objectively as possible at the situation in Ukraine, and what has gone wrong with Putin’s grand strategy.