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Friday, August 18, 2023

News from the Network, Vol. 16, No. 33

The REAL news this week is that you can get The Greater Reset in any quantity for $5 a copy until the end of August, available from TAN Books, an imprint of Saint Benedict Press.  Just sayin’.  The rest of the news is All About Inflation That Isn’t There Except When It Is.  In other words, another spate of reasons for adopting the Economic Democracy Act:


• FIVE DOLLAR SALE!  It’s opportunity of a lifetime time again!  The Greater Reset: Reclaiming Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law, is currently available through the end of August from the publisher, TAN Books, an imprint of Saint Benedict Press, and for $5.00 per copy in any quantity, while supplies last.  The heart of the book is, of course, the Economic Democracy Act?, but there is much more there in what the “Censor Librorum” of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, called a “real page turner.”  Don’t worry — although published by a Catholic publisher, the book is written from a natural law, interfaith perspective, and applies across the board to all human beings.


• Contradiction and Paradox.  Depending on who’s talking, there’s either runaway inflation or we’re in danger from deflation . . . neither of which would be a problem if we’d just adopt the Economic Democracy Act . . . but you notice that whichever group is screaming about inflation or deflation is the group that has the most to gain from the oppose of whatever it is they claim to be worried about.  They seem to forget that an economy is for flesh and blood people, not “The People” or “The Voters” or any other abstraction, but actual human beings who must have access to the opportunity and means to be productive so that they can have sufficient food, clothing, shelter and other necessities and even luxuries (within reason).


• Chinese Fire Drill Economy.  It was never really clear why scrambling out of a car and getting back in was a fire drill, Chinese or otherwise.  What’s becoming just as puzzling is the fact that people insist on the Chinese economy being a world leader when it A, can’t provide its own people with adequate food, clothing, and shelter, and B, what it provides for export to other countries is increasingly suspect.  As a result, the Chinese economy seems poised to plunge down the increasingly slippery slope and take the rest of the world with it.  Everyone seems to forget that economics is the study of the production, distribution and consumption of marketable goods and services.  This is consistent with Adam Smith’s first principle of economics, “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production.”  Producing goods for export while your own people are in want, producing surpluses to make the rich richer so they can invest more of their income to make themselves richer yet, “creating jobs” so that people have an income as a result of doing unnecessary work producing wasteful products, all this and more is the result of putting something besides people first, whether it’s national security or adherence to a flakey economic theory like socialism or capitalism instead of economic personalism.  It’s a Chinese fire drill with a lot of effort tht ends up going nowhere and just wasting time, money, and lives.  The only way out is to adopt the Economic Democracy Act, which no one seems willing to do.

More contradiction . . . what did you expect?


• Blackrock Expects “Flatline” Inflation.  We’re not entirely sure how they’re defining inflation, but Blackrock expects it to flatline . . . just as the Federal Reserve is thinking of raising interest rates to get under control the inflation they say doesn’t exist.  Whether or not we have inflation seems to be the big topic of conversation among people who don’t have to worry about whether they’ve got the money they need to do anything frivolous, like purchase food, clothing, and shelter.  Of course, if they’d adopt the Economic Democracy Act, they wouldn’t have anything to worry about, at least about inflation, at least the artificial induced demand-pull inflation we’re seeing more and more of these days.


 More Fed Inflation Talk, Blah, Blah.  There’s inflation!  No, there isn’t!  Knaves!  Fools!  Of course, you notice nobody asks the poor schmoes who get stuck with the dirty end of the stick whether their money is going as far as it used to or whether they even have any money.  Depending on what hour of the day it is, the Federal Reserve may be panting about the dangers of inflation or deflation.  At every point this past week they’ve been gassing about inflation, but that’s probably to worry the speculators who want low interest rates and cheap money to gamble on Wall Street and continue to starve businesses for liquidity.  They need to raise the price level to keep the price level from rising!  Of course, they could take the easy way out and adopt the Economic Democracy Act, but then they wouldn’t have the power over the rest of us they do now.

The more things change . . .


• Reserve Currency Woes.  In classic banking theory, a reserve currency is supposed to be THE standard measure of value for an economy and into which all other forms of money can be converted on demand.  This presumably ensures stability in the money supply as well as uniformity and public confidence, without which it would be difficult to carry out transactions.  It’s also a very bad thing when a reserve currency fluctuates in value or is used by a government for political ends.  It’s a little like manipulating feet and pounds to force through a political agenda.  In any event, Janet Yellen is once again proving she doesn’t understand money, credit, banking, and finance by taking for granted that the U.S. dollar should fluctuate in value, not merely that it does as a problem to be solved.  Of course, all the manipulation would be completely unnecessary if we adopted the Economic Democracy Act, but then the powers-that-be would not be able to control the rest of us as easily as they do now, or at all, for that matter . . . and that scares them to death.

• Greater Reset “Book Trailers”.  We have produced two ninety-second “Book Trailers” for distribution (by whoever wants to distribute them), essentially minute and a half commercials for The Greater Reset.  There are two versions of the videos, one for “general audiences” and the other for “Catholic audiences”.  Take your pick.

• The Greater Reset.  CESJ’s new book by members of CESJ’s core group, The Greater Reset: Reclaiming Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law is, of course, available from the publisher, TAN Books, an imprint of Saint Benedict Press, and has already gotten a top review on that website.  It can also be obtained from Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon, or by special order from your local “bricks and mortar” bookstore.  The Greater Reset is the only book of which we’re aware on “the Great Reset” that presents an alternative instead of simply warning of the dangers inherent in a proposal that is contrary to natural law.  It describes reality, rather than a Keynesian fantasy world.  Please note that The Greater Reset is NOT a CESJ publication as such, and enquiries about quantity discounts and wholesale orders for resale must be sent to the publisher, Saint Benedict Press, NOT to CESJ.

Economic Personalism Landing Page.  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 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 series of videos for Sensus Fidelium are doing very well, with over 155,000 total views.  The latest Sensus Fidelium video is “The Five Levers of Change.”  The video is part of the series on the book, Economic Personalism.  The latest completed series on “the Great Reset” can be found on the “Playlist” for the series.  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, edging up to 150,000 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 persons place in society.

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 well see that it gets into the next “issue.”  Due to imprudent and intemperate language on the part of some commentators, we removed temptation and disabled comments.