It used to be that the experts were consistently wrong, meaning they at least agreed with one another at the same time. Now they are all disagreeing . . . none of which makes any sense. Of course, if they wanted to make sense, they would have adopted the Economic Democracy Act decades ago, but until then, this is what we get:
Friday, September 29, 2023
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
As Marisa Tomei’s character said in My Cousin Vinnie (still in the running as “Best Lawyer Movie Ever”), it’s a frickin’ nightmare (or words to that effect). The Keynesians and their clones are desperately trying to come up with explanations and new catch phrases to sweep what they claimed was impossible under the rug. Again.
Monday, September 25, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
It’s astonishing how much the news items seem to be the same week after week . . . what with the same old people doing the same old things. Many of these, if not all, could be resolved by adopting the Economic Democracy Act — so it might not matter all that much, except that the degree of the problem is increasing, although not the essence thereof:
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
There’s a very old and very bad joke about the optimist who fell out of a skyscraper window. As he passed some of the floors on the way down, people would call out to him, “How’s it going?” and he’d reply, “Doing fine so far!”
Monday, September 18, 2023
Friday, September 15, 2023
Not that it’s much of a surprise, but this week’s news items strongly resemble those of last week! I know, you’re absolutely flabbergasted. Fortunately, since the recommended solution is the same this week as last week — viz., adopt the Economic Democracy Act — so it might not matter all that much, except that the degree of the problem is increasing, although not the essence thereof:
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Small or conservative investors are typically told that government debt is the safest and most conservative type of investment they can have. Of course, given the current level of political stability in the world, that might not be saying much.
Monday, September 11, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
It’s been yet another week of Federal Reserve follies, with all the experts thinking they’re smarter than what experience and intelligence has long proved to be the case: that Keynesian economics and the Currency Principle simply don’t work, nor can they. For such gloomy people, they continually rely on the triumph of optimism over experience and think if they just keep doing what hasn’t worked for nearly a century it’s bound to work sometime . . . or they could do the rational thing and adopt the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Economists and their political stooges . . . or maybe that’s politicians and their economic stooges (it’s so hard to keep that straight these days in a Keynesian plutocracy) profess to be terrified and worried and even a trifle concerned about the possibility of the U.S. Dollar losing its place as the primary global reserve currency.
Monday, September 4, 2023
Friday, September 1, 2023
It appears as if China is at the top of the economic news, along with the usual confusion about inflation. Of course, all this would be moot if some country would just adopt the Economic Democracy Act, but what do you want, a miracle?
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
We’ve repeated this so many times on this blog that most of our readers should have this memorized by now, but we’ll do it again anyway, if only for old times’ sake. The “first principle of reason” can be stated in two ways, one positive and one negative. The positive statement of the first principle of reason is called the law or principle of identity. It can be stated, “That which is true is as true, and is true in the same way, as everything else that is true.”
Monday, August 28, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
Well, we lost the bet. We were sure he’d drop off a balcony, fall down some stairs, or shoot his entire family after doing away with himself. And in other news, all the so-called experts are still jumping up and down about situations that could probably either be ameliorated or solved simply by adopting the Economic Democracy Act:, which is outlined in The Greater Reset which you can get in any quantity for $5 a copy until the end of August, available from TAN Books, an imprint of Saint Benedict Press:
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Over on Medium, we’ve been working on a series of articles on the dangers of reparations and inflation as they related to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately, as is the case with many things about the Just Third Way, people see a word used in an unexpected or unfamiliar way and immediately assume they Know All About It . . . especially when they know little or nothing. They bring their own baggage to the discussion and nothing on Earth is going to shake them loose from their preconceptions, especially not empirical evidence, or logical consistency.
Monday, August 21, 2023
Friday, August 18, 2023
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:
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
In the United States, people are witnessing cities and states carving out spaces separate from the federal government. Some cities reaffirm their commitment as sanctuaries and develop policies to direct local officials to defuse irrational and unjust conflicts, but that’s just the beginning.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Friday, August 11, 2023
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
The objectives of the “Heart of America” project are to eradicate the economic roots of poverty, war, and racism. This can be done by promoting justice and democratization of ownership for every person through equal access to private property rights in productive capital. In the words of R. Buckminster Fuller, the goal is “[t]o make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
Monday, August 7, 2023
Friday, August 4, 2023
The big economic news this week is the Federal Reserve raising interest rates and many of the experts rushing to say why it’s such a bad idea. Other experts, no doubt seeing the writing on the wall, are starting to declare that a recession is inevitable or necessary. None of them are saying that it’s possible to get off the whole boom-and-bust treadmill completely by adopting the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
In the previousposting on this subject, we noted that despite whatever efforts had been made, St. Louis, Missouri is a city divided along economic, cultural, and racial lines, and it’s not accidental. “There are two reasons St. Louis looks the way it does today,” noted Michael Allen, director of the Preservation Research Office. “There’s been this perpetual, successive fight of whites and middle-class people from the core of the city, and the same relationships tended to reconstitute themselves across a wide swath of geography.”
Monday, July 31, 2023
Friday, July 28, 2023
Again, most of the news items this week are about inflation, deflation, and other monetary myths. By insisting that money must exist prior to economic activity, the so-called experts bind people into a losing paradigm and ensure that everyone, even ultimately the presumed winners, loses. Of course, adopting the Economic Democracy Act could straighten people out on that, so maybe it’s time to get busy with it:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Why did Eugene Gordon choose St. Louis for the Heart of America Project? Apart from being a resident, it can be argued — as Gene does — that no place needs it more. In St. Louis, segregation, whether geographic, cultural, or economic, is normal. The typical descendant of American slaves lives in a neighborhood that is 45 percent black, 35 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic and 4 percent Asian.
Monday, July 24, 2023
Today we continue the series of podcasts on “the Great Books,” this one on the disappearing liberal education. Of course, we know that simply reading them or, worse, just knowing about them, isn’t going to do a “gosh darned” thing. You have to understand them and think about them . . . which is the hard part . . . net to putting them into action to become virtuous, which is the whole point of it:
Friday, July 21, 2023
Not surprisingly, most of the news items this week are about inflation, deflation, and other monetary myths. By insisting that money must exist prior to economic activity, the so-called experts bind people into a losing paradigm and ensure that everyone, even ultimately the presumed winners, loses. Of course, adopting the Economic Democracy Act could straighten people out on that, so maybe it’s time to get busy with it:
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
On Friday, July 1, 2022, the Republican Governor of Missouri, Michael Parson signed a bill that is designed ultimately to reduce poverty, racism, and a host of other problems in an area encompassing some of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in St. Louis. The initial phase is to form a commission funded by the state of Missouri to study the problem and develop recommendations for implementing what Eugene Gordon of the Descendants of American Slaves for Economic and Social Justice calls “the Heart of America Project.”
Monday, July 17, 2023
Today we have an episode of The Front Line with Joe and Joe on the subject of “Economic Personalism,” which is the principles of natural law applied to the economic common good with the human person the central focus of economic and all other activity:
Friday, July 14, 2023
Perhaps the more cynical among our readers would say that it’s right on schedule, but the world does seem to be falling apart at an increasing rate. What is also increasing is the obviousness of the fact that the Economic Democracy Act may be about the only game in town that has any hope of solving the mounting problems:
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
There has been more talk in the Unites States of reparations for slavery recently. Ironically, this is at a time when the foundations of the economy and therefore of the tax base are rapidly eroding for everyone except the rich and those who have political power — usually the same people, as has often been the case throughout history.
Monday, July 10, 2023
Friday, July 7, 2023
Right now the world is quite properly focused on what is happening in Ukraine at the present time and not worrying about the future rebuilding of the country (with the Economic Democracy Act, of course), but there are other things going on, of which we present a few here:
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
It is impossible to say anything about chocolate and America without mentioning the Hershey Company of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Milton Snavely Hershey founded the Lancaster Caramel Company in 1883, having failed at three previous attempts to establish confectionaries in different cities across the country. Although successful in caramel production, he became fascinated with chocolate after seeing modern chocolate making machinery at the Chicago Exposition in 1893.
Monday, July 3, 2023
What happened to education? According to Robert Maynard Hutchins, it was getting away from a liberal education — liberal in the true sense, not in today’s political sense — as embodied in the “Great Books” of the western world. If you’re satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the world is, chances are you will be angered or annoyed by this short video — especially if you’re not talking or associating with “those people” . . . you know who we mean:
Friday, June 30, 2023
As the world remains obsessed with the same old thing, it becomes obvious that something new like the Economic Democracy Acthas might be just what is needed instead of the “Great Reset.” Speaking of the Great Reset, today is the final day of the sale on our book on the GREATER Reset — The Greater Reset: Restoring Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law. After that you can read this week’s news items:
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
It’s often astonishing how much words and phrases can change meaning or have a different meaning depending on the time and place. “Money,” for example, used to mean a means of carrying out economic transactions, the consideration in a contract, or “all things transferred in commerce,” to quote Black’s law dictionary.
Monday, June 26, 2023
Today we have a short, but interesting video on what happened to the “great books” and why they seem to have disappeared from everyone’s education . . . and why no one today seems to learn how to think . . .
Friday, June 23, 2023
Again, this week’s news items are about what you’d expect in a world in which the Economic Democracy Acthas not yet been adopted. Of course, you can read all about it by taking advantage of the $5 per copy sale on for The Greater Reset: Restoring Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law. Or you can read this week’s news items:
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Every week, it seems, brings another atrocity story out of Africa. For people outside Africa, it’s a news item, but for those in Africa, it’s a daily occurrence. Rather than sit around and say how terrible it is before going on to the next horror the news media delight in bringing to us, it may be time to do something about it.
Monday, June 19, 2023
“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” — Robert M. Hutchins.
Friday, June 16, 2023
This week’s news items are about what you’d expect in a world in which the Economic Democracy Acthas not yet been adopted. Of course, you can read all about it by taking advantage of the $5 per copy sale on for The Greater Reset: Restoring Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law. Or you can read this week’s news items:
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
According to a recent news story, three-quarters of “middle class” (whatever that means) Americans can no longer afford to buy a house. This appears to be one step closer to one individual’s vision of Klaus Schwab’s and the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset” in which, as one enthusiast put it, “You will own nothing and be happy.” The American dream used to be owning your own farm or business. Then it became getting a good job and owning a house. Now it's degenerating into getting a universal basic income and finding a place in a government housing project.
Monday, June 12, 2023
Today we have a real treat in store for you: a damning indictment of the American university system, it’s decay from a center of independent thought into a “folk institution.” It’s a good argument for Justice University:
Friday, June 9, 2023
Not much good is happening, unless you include the $5 per copy sale on for The Greater Reset: Restoring Personal Sovereignty Under Natural Law. The debt ceiling crisis has been “solved” by kicking the can down the road a piece (and we’re running out of pavement), Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered a new phase with Russia’s premature (from a military standpoint) and criminally insane (from a war crimes and humanitarian standpoint) destruction of the Kakhovka dam . . . in other words, business as usual. The solution to many of these problems can be found in the Economic Democracy Act, but no one seems to be considering that:
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
If you want to pass an economics test these days or become well-known in politics, you will accept without question the Keynesian doctrine that there is a necessary tradeoff between inflation and employment. If, however, you want a sound economy that operates for everyone instead of only a financial or political elite, then you will jettison the idea immediately.
Monday, June 5, 2023
Mortimer Adler defined natural law as the general code of human behavior and, because man is a rational creature, discernible by reason . . . although (as he also pointed out) not necessarily discerned, as human beings have free will and can act contrary to reason.
Friday, June 2, 2023
Most of the economic news this week has to do with the debt ceiling debacle, but there are other knavishly imbecilic events as well. (That’s our current catch phrase, by the way, so expect to see it a lot.) Naturally, a lot of these problems and others could be solved or at least ameliorated with the Economic Democracy Act, but that might actually work, so they run away from it as fast as they can:
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
A recent New York Times story related the horrors of dining out in today’s society. Bemoaning the high cost of food and the low level of service, the article went to great lengths to assert it’s point that it’s personal service and warmth that make the difference in whether people enjoy their dining experience. Lack of experienced wait staff, the pandemic, and a few other factors were cited as contributing to the problem. The high cost was virtually ignored, although the cited $200 for a simple dinner and drinks comes to more than four times this writer’s monthly food budget (food only, by the way. none of the other things you might get in a grocery store).
Monday, May 29, 2023
Okay, today’s podcast is very poorly edited, and you really should fast forward to minute 7 or so or you will fall asleep. Otherwise, an interesting series of presentations on George Mason of Gunston Hall, even if they don’t appreciate his full significance and his importance for the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, May 26, 2023
Naturally, everyone expects the current debt crisis to pass and then everything will be fine until the next time and the politicians want to keep spending money that doesn’t belong to them and creating an impossible burden for future taxpayers . . . meaning us next year. They keep kicking the can down the road, but the can keeps getting bigger and bigger, and the road keeps getting shorter and shorter. What’s the answer instead of the Band-Aid? Adopt the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
A proposal that has been making the rounds again is that the United States can somehow solve its debt problem by issuing trillion-dollar coins struck in platinum and use them to pay down the debt. While the proposal sounds marginally plausible if said quickly enough while moving walnut shells or thimbles around on a tabletop with a pea hidden in the crook of the presenter’s little finger — where we get the term “thimblerig” for a con man or other variety of sleight-of-hand artist — it falls apart of its own dead weight once the proposal is examined in the light of common sense and a little elementary bookkeeping.
Monday, May 22, 2023
On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Convention adopted a Declaration of Rights. This video gives some good information on Mason but leaves out a lot that you will find in Rutland’s biography and Rager’s analysis of the influence of Cardinal Bellarmine on Mason as well as Locke and Sidney. This is the core of the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, May 19, 2023
Not too much different to report in this week’s news items . . . but then the powers-that-be keep making the same mistakes over and over. Everyone seems to be frantic about raising the debt ceiling, but no one is saying anything about doing something effective to eliminate the need for a ceiling in the first place, or why we need government debt. Maybe all that’s needed is a new approach to money and credit, such as can be found in the Economic Democracy Act, but that might be getting a little crazy for the powers-that-be that don’t want a solution, but a continuation of the status quo:
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
’Way back in the Stone Age, someone once asked a politician or a judge . . . or it could have been the person ahead of them in line at the supermarket . . . to define pornography. The answer was something along the lines of the individual couldn’t define it, but he knew it when he saw it.
Monday, May 15, 2023
C.K. Chesterton once said something-or-other about people should be writing poems or singing songs about cheese (or something like that). We’re far more mundane than the Apostle of Common Sense . . . but no less interested in cheese. That’s why today’s podcast is a video we located about the cheese banks of Parma.
Friday, May 12, 2023
We’re a little top-heavy with financial items this week, but it was either that or go on at great length about how Zelenskyy deceived the Russians by lying about the start of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. Evidently, it’s alright for Putin to declare he isn’t going to invade another sovereign country, but not fair for the leader of that country to say that they have not yet begun to fight. Gotcha. Of course, that has a little to do with adopting the Economic Democracy Act, but not much:
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Whatever you call it, it is quite possibly the biggest problem in the world today. No, that’s not to denigrate or belittle poverty, racism, war, climate change or any of the other ills that plague humanity. It is, however, to denigrate most of the attempted solutions to poverty, racism, war, climate change, and many of the other ills that plague humanity. These have been increasing geometrically in magnitude, largely as a direct result of the modern world’s abandonment of common sense, that is, truth and reason.
Monday, May 8, 2023
Today we have a rare radio program of Msgr. Ronald Knox, first broadcast by the BBC in 1941. Interestingly, Knox was the teacher of Fulton Sheen, known as “the American Chesterton.” He was also the author of Enthusiasm, and is cited (along with Chesterton and Sheen) in our book, The Greater Reset, which gives a broader view of “what’s wrong with the world” and also gives a viable solution — the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, May 5, 2023
Shades of 1907 all over again, but with a vengeance. The “Bankers Panic” of 1907 was caused by a commercial bank using its assets to speculate on Wall Street and another, bigger bank shutting off clearinghouse privileges to deny access to additional reserves to avert a panic. The bigger bank — J.P. Morgan — then used its financial power to take over the smaller bank and save the day . . . and increase demands for a central bank that would put a stop to such things and put the reserve currency on an asset-backed basis instead of being backed by government debt (which had been an aggravating factor in the Panic of 1893 and the subsequent Great Depression of 1893-1898). Sound familiar? Then maybe it’s time to restore a sound financial system by adopting the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Today we have a brief report on the Bridgeport, Connecticut EDA (Economic Democracy Act) conference held this past weekend. Despite the weather, there was a good-sized crowd, maybe seventy-five or so, and an undetermined number who watched livestream. Some dignitaries or their representatives were unable to come, probably due to insufficient notice, but some of the scheduled dignitaries couldn’t be there, either, due to various unavoidable factors.
Monday, May 1, 2023
Friday, April 28, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Once upon a time G.K. Chesterton published a book he titled What’s Wrong with the World. While the book was intended to oppose socialism and a bit of capitalism, it has been taken by many people as promoting the very thing it was primarily intended to counter: Fabian socialism.
Monday, April 24, 2023
Today we have Dawn K. Brohawn and Michael D. Greaney on The Frontline with Joe and Joe talking about “Economic Independence.” Of course, the best way is to adopt the Economic Democracy Act . . . so why aren’t the powers-that-be doing it?
Friday, April 21, 2023
Mostly what’s going on in the Global Justice Movement is preparing for the April 29, 2023, conference in Bridgeport, CT, on the Economic Democracy Act. As the webpage lets you know, the event is free and will be livestreamed, so be there or be . . . not there. Not that we’re letting up on other efforts to get the Economic Democracy Act adopted:
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Especially this time of year it’s common to hear proposals about how to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and institute a simpler, kinder way of taxing people . . . like a flat tax, or a consumption tax. Now Representative Buddy Carter has come up with a new twist: a flat rate consumption tax. As he says,
Monday, April 17, 2023
Getting past the rather bizarre and kind of gross story about the severed foot, it helps illustrate the difference between the right to be an owner, and the rights of ownership. This video is pretty good about the rights OF ownership, but really weak on the right to be an owner in the first place. This can lead to massive confusion and causes some people to think that because the rights OF ownership are almost infinitely flexible, the right to be an owner is equally so.
Friday, April 14, 2023
Now that Easter is over and the pinch of high egg prices has somewhat ameliorated and people are fed up (literally) with chocolate bunnies, it’s time to get back to the real world of Keynesian economics . . . just kidding. Keynesian economics is more of a fantasy than the Easter Bunny, for Easter comes with or without chocolate eggs or bunnies, but a Keynesian economy can’t even exist without the Great Defunct Economist’s fantasies, as he himself admitted. We have to lie to ourselves until the lie becomes reality, as Keynes declared in 1931. He gave it a century to work, and the situation is worse than before. Time is running out, and the only hope is to adopt the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
A recent book about money — and that coincidentally costs a lot of it — is John Cochrane’s The Fiscal Theory of the Price Level, which came out in January of this year from Princeton University Press after being revised. It seems that new data keep flowing in that require the basic theory to be tweaked continuously or it will drift too far from plausibility and some typos seem to have sneaked into the original version.
Monday, April 10, 2023
Here is a podcast about how to win an argument by getting “buy-in” from others, giving the example of how Misterrogers saved PBS. It doesn’t have much to do directly with the Economic Democracy Act . . . except maybe how to convince people how to go about getting it:
Friday, April 7, 2023
Christians celebrate this as “Holy Week,” but it also applies to everyone else if you’re talking about the economy and the world situation as “Wholly Weak.” Of course, if people wanted to turn things around, they could start demanding the Economic Democracy Act, and it’s still not too late:
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Some time ago we took part in a conference during which a participant made the statement that he was for human rights, not property rights. This, while it garnered a large measure of applause, didn’t make any sense. It was a little like saying he was all for meals but was against eating. The startling fact that surprises so many people, especially today, is that property is a human right; only human beings are natural persons, and therefore only human beings have rights.
Monday, April 3, 2023
And now for something completely different . . . not. In this short video produced by the ESOP Association — which is not a “stock OPTION group,” but a “stock OWNERSHIP group,” something completely different — the narrator mentions “the Silver Tsunami,” a wave of retiring business owners who are potential clients for ESOP providers. Of course, there are ESOPs and ESOPs, and even the ESOP itself is a stepping stone on the way to the Economic Democracy Act, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a keystone as well:
Friday, March 31, 2023
Everyone seems to be agreeing that we are headed into a recession (Keynesian newspeak for depression), but nobody seems to know what to do about it except keep repeating the same things that got us into this mess in the first place. No one is considering something different, like the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Saturday, March 25, 2023, saw an astonishingly stupid article appeared in the Washington Post. “The Dollar is Our Superpower, and Russia and China are Threatening It.” by Fareed Zakaria (p. A18), while no doubt well-intentioned, reinforced some very bad, even extraordinarily dangerous ideas about money. These have not only the potential to destroy every economy in the world, including that of the United States, they have gone a long way toward doing it.
Monday, March 27, 2023
This is not the talk that we heard, which was a few years later, but is interesting and in a sense prophetic, as it was given on May 10, 1984, a month after the founding of CESJ on April 7, 1984. Kelso’s vision was far beyond the ESOP, and he viewed the ESOP as just a necessary first step. It has gotten the idea of widespread worker ownership into the culture. What we’re working on and aiming toward now is capital ownership for everyone, as proposed in the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, March 24, 2023
Everyone is still trying to figure out what to do about the war in Ukraine and the bank failures (as well as everything else), but it should be increasingly obvious that one thing that could be done to everyone’s advantage is to adopt the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
In the previous posting on this subject, we closed by noting that the financier J. Pierpont Morgan saved the country from the “Panic of 1907” . . . which he had caused in the first place. Observant readers of this blog will not be slow to realize that a similar thing has happened with the recent bank failures. The federal government has been quick to assure the public that it will guarantee that the rich people who had money in the bank will be rescued from wanting to have their cake and eat it, too . . . and coincidentally take more control over the financial system.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Usually when we talk about economics, what we really mean is political economy, the science of production, distribution, and consumption of marketable goods and services. Most authorities divide political economy into macro- and microeconomics, a distinction that does not exist in binary economics, at least not as generally understood. In Economic Personalism, microeconomics refers to the individual and family, while macroeconomics refers to everything else.
Friday, March 17, 2023
If you happen to be at least 150 years old, you will recall the Panic of 1907, a.k.a., “the Bankers’ Panic,” and not be surprised at the current spate of bank failures. If you don’t happen to have reached the century and a half mark, you will, of course, be stunned and amazed, as well as baffled, that such a thing could happen on the eve of the Utopia that Keynes promised if we would just lie to ourselves for a century. Of course, if we adopted the Economic Democracy Act we wouldn’t have to lie at all, and could probably avoid problems like these:
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
The recent bank failures have once again raised questions not only about the safety of the financial system, but its role in the economy. What goes on in the world’s financial centers seems to have no connection to people’s daily lives and the need to secure food, clothing, shelter, and the other essentials of life. What happens on Wall Street, stays on Wall Street . . . except when it seeps out to the real economy and destroys lives.
Monday, March 13, 2023
Today we feature a short piece on Thomas Aquinas and natural law theory. Although we might not agree with everything that the presenter says or how it’s said, Thomist (Aristotelian) natural law theory is the foundation of the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism as applied in the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, March 10, 2023
As usual, reports and predictions of economic disaster are coming as fast as glowing reports of economic health and growth. What’s the real story? Paradoxically, both reports and predictions could very easily be true . . . depending on who you are. Like “the Great Reset” of Klause Schwab and the World Economic Forum which has capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor, today’s economic growth benefits the rich, while the recession/depression affects the non-rich. Of course, the Economic Democracy Act would benefit everyone, but no one seems to think of that.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Banking for most people is a little like pornography. There is something not quite right about it, but a lot of people seem to like it and can’t seem to function without it, and they can’t define it, but they know it when they see it.
Monday, March 6, 2023
What, Notre Dame wasn’t good enough? Just kidding, although we’d like to see something truly revolutionary come out of Academia instead of the increasing emphasis on “job training” at a time when AI is replacing even top professionals, leaving very little to do for the rest of us. The obvious solution is the Economic Democracy Act, but nobody is or was discussing it, which leaves it up to the will bes:
Friday, March 3, 2023
Recently we saw a video in which a retired British major general kept insisting that we must appease Putin and allow him to keep Crimea and everything else he had managed to grab. He was then honest enough to admit that if Putin were appeased in this fashion, it would probably be necessary to fight him or his successor again in five or ten years, but that was the price that had to be paid for peace. Over a year ago people were saying Putin could not be stopped from taking all of Ukraine and so must be allowed to have it, now they are saying Russia will never surrender Crimea and must be allowed to have it. Apparently, nothing succeeds best for a tyrant than people afraid to stand up to him.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Frequently, we have made the statement that, where the so-called mainstream schools of economics (the Keynesian, Monetarist/Chicago, and the Austrian) are based on the “Currency Principle” and belong to the “Currency School,” the binary economic of Louis Kelso is based on the “Banking Principle” and belongs to the “Banking School.” What does this mean?
Monday, February 27, 2023
This week we're putting the late Fulton Sheen on the firing line . . . or was that Fulton Sheen on Firing Line? In either case, you're bound to see something interesting, although not, perhap, as interesting (or at least as immediate) as the Economic Democracy Act:
Friday, February 24, 2023
Today is the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or (as some are putting it) Day 366 of Russia’s 10 day “special military operation.” Given that no sane person believes claim of saving the world from gay Nazis through war crimes and atrocities, it seems reasonable to expect that the effort would have collapsed months ago. Instead, Russia continues to push . . . well, if not forward, at least along, losing sometimes more soldiers in a week than it did in Afghanistan in ten year. Of course, the rest of the world, locked into the economic insanity of Keynesian economics and accumulating more debt in nominal terms than the entire world did in a century before Keynesian economics came along, has nothing to brag about, as can be seen by the refusal to adopt the Economic Democracy Act, but, like Putin, people still insist on implementing failed programs that never worked in the first place:
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
In a recent email, someone stated, “Henry George was definitely NOT a Socialist. Quite the contrary. He wanted to untax labour and capital, treat land rents as the source of public revenue and restore the mediaeval system of financing the Crown through land rents.”
Monday, February 20, 2023
We are not nuclear scientists, but we recognize the importance of power to any civilization, especially a technologically advanced one. We also recognize the importance of a stable measure of value for a currency for any civilization, especially (again) a technologically advanced one.
Friday, February 17, 2023
Again this week we see a large number of problems that could be solved by adopting the Economic Democracy Act, but people still insist on implementing failed programs that never worked in the first place:
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
. . . social credit, that is, the brainchild of Major C.H. Douglas. Recently we received a question asking whether we were familiar with “the Douglas Scheme,” as the Anglican Christian apologist C.S. Lewis rather pejoratively termed it. Yes, we are familiar with Major Douglas and his social credit plan, which has nothing to do with what the Chinese have termed “social credit,’ although both rely on intrusive government control.
Monday, February 13, 2023
Continuing the series of videos on personalism, today we have Dr. John F. Crosby on “Understanding the Embodiment of the Human Person.” He puts it in terms of Christianity, but being based on natural law, applies across the board. In this video he talks about what Dr. Ralph McInerny of Notre Dame called “fideism,” the opposite but equal error of materialism. Both are forms of “modernism” that separates faith and reason.
Friday, February 10, 2023
As usual, we have nothing spectacularly new to report, although the special segment on Hulu airing tonight might be of great interest. Otherwise, the list of news items is tophevy with stories about people and situations that would e much better off with the Economic Democracy Act, but we may get there eventually:
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
The first principle of reason is that nothing can both “be” and “not be” at the same time under the same conditions. This law or principle of (non) contradiction simply means that something cannot both exist and not exist at the same time, e.g., nothing can be a little bit dead. Something is either dead or alive; Schrödinger’s cat is only half dead and half alive because there’s a fifty percent chance it’s either one, which is known for certain when the box is opened.
Monday, February 6, 2023
Friday, February 3, 2023
It is very tempting to give the blogging equivalent of “Nothing to see here, move along,” when reporting on various events that advance the Just Third Way (rare) or actively inhibit or prevent the Just Third Way (far too common). Sadly, too many people seem to be convinced that if we just continue to do what isn’t working and has never worked instead of adopting the Economic Democracy Act, things will be fine:
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Nowhere is the pervasiveness of the “New Things” (rei novae) of modernism, socialism, and the New Age more obvious today than in the prevalence of Keynesian economic and monetary policies throughout the world.
Monday, January 30, 2023
It’s not as clear as the presentation of the personalism of Pope John Paul II in The Greater Reset, but it might help people get a better understanding through a different perspective if they’ve already read The Greater Reset. Of course, there is nothing in the video about economic personalism as applied in the Economic Democracy Act, but you can’t have everything:
Friday, January 27, 2023
What is so fascinating about the world situation these days is that a great many people are convinced that Russia has lost its war of conquest in Ukraine, yet Russia (or Russia’s insane dictator Putin) refuses to admit it has lost horribly and continues to sacrifice everything to save Putin’s face and gratify his ego. The same goes for Putin’s worshipers in other countries who simply refuse to see the writing on the wall. Is it, however, so crazy? After all, governments still insist on implementing Keynesian economics as if it hadn’t failed nearly a century ago. Keep on doing what has never worked and refuse to implement the Economic Democracy Act:
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
It is common to hear about neo-colonialism these days, but not too many people are aware that it’s not just a problem in former colonies, but throughout the entire world. This is the fault of the architect of the modern global economy, John Maynard Keynes, whose version of socialized capitalism (really an application of Fabian socialism) was intended to keep the British power elite in place at the end of the nineteenth century.
Monday, January 23, 2023
The idea of workers owning the businesses where they work is not new. In America’s early years, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison believed that the best economic plan for the Republic was for citizens to have some ownership stake in the land, which was the main form of productive capital. This book traces the development of that share idea in American history and brings its message to
Friday, January 20, 2023
Not surprisingly, this week’s news items are generally focused on Ukraine’s need to get additional armaments and politicians complaining about the cost of doing so . . . without, evidently, considering the even greater cost of letting the war continue. Our concern, of course, is how the Economic Democracy Act could help not only the rebuilding of Ukraine but assure that other countries will be paid for their aid:
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Monday, January 16, 2023
Many people today think that “distributive justice” means distribution based on need or high wages and benefits. In Aristotelian and Thomist philosophy, however, the former is charity, while the latter falls under “commutative” or strict justice. The idea that distributive justice means distributions based on need or is a form of “social justice” comes from nineteenth century socialism and has nothing to do with Aristotle’s concept of proportionality which governed his concept of distributive just . . . and Aristotle should know, as he invented the term.
Friday, January 13, 2023
Things are happening, but it seems to be a repeat of the same old thing only more so. Despite that, the fact that things still manage to keep running in spite of the “knavish imbecility” of so many gives us hope that somebody may soon adopt the Economic Democracy Act that has any hope of being able to lay the foundation for resolving the problems:
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Most people, when they think of what a bank is, imagine a giant metal vault, something on the order of Uncle Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, where people with money deposit cash and the bank lends it out to other people. Well, it turns out that banking is substantially different from the image it has in the popular mind.
Monday, January 9, 2023
For this week’s podcast, we found an interview with Dr. Robert H.A. Ashford and Dr. Edward Wolff. They don’t get into the Economic Democracy Act but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching:
Friday, January 6, 2023
The New Year is starting off with a bang . . . if by “bang” we mean the same thing, only on a different day. Frankly, it is becoming more evident every day that only the Economic Democracy Act has any hope of being able to lay the foundation for resolving the problems:
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Monday, January 2, 2023
Okay, so it’s not Late Night with David Letterman . . . it’s better. Be sure to listen to this the whole way through, even the part where he says he’s from Indiana. Of course, we’d have liked David to mention the Economic Democracy Act but we’ll get there, as soon as we meet with Oxana Markarova . . . who went to school in Indiana. . . . in any event, the joke Zelenskyy tells at 21:43 is worth the entire video: