The Just Third Way

A Blog of the Global Justice Movement

Friday, December 2, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 46

All done with smoke, mirrors, and ice.
Breaking news: the latest conspiracy theory is that the Titanic didn’t really sink on its maiden voyage.  It was actually a ship named Olympic.  The switch was made to collect the insurance.  And if you believe that, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and Keynesian economics should be a breeze for you.  (Nobody has bothered to explain where the actual Titanic ended up, though.  Unless it’s that thing floating next to the rubber ducky.)
To get back to the real world and the economics of reality, however, this has been a busy and interesting week for those promoting the Just Third Way:
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Minimum Wage Follies

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 was designated “National Day of Action to Fight for $15,” meaning an across the board hike in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour throughout the United States.  Many workers at McDonald’s restaurants walked off the job and participated in protests, with “dozens” being arrested in various demonstrations across the country, according to an Associated Press Report.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Make America Great Again

According to historian Frederick Jackson Turner, the loss of America’s land frontier meant a complete change in the American character as well as the gradual Europeanizing of the United States.  As Turner saw it, the end of “free” land meant the end of democracy as well as the unique American character that made the country great and, as Abraham Lincoln put it, the last, best hope of earth.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Last Great Hope

Yesterday we took a look at what made England Great & Glorious, Long to Reign O’er us . . . at least until she screwed up the financing of the greatest commercial expansion the world had ever seen up to then, “then” being the period prior to the British Bank Charter Act of 1844.  We discovered that after the government took over the banking system (you don’t have to have actual title to something to own it, you just have to control it, as the agrarian socialist Henry George realized in promoting his theories), the British Empire began its long and slow decline.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

You Can Bank on It

Last week we got into a little discussion about Merrie Old England.  One individual started gushing about how so many inventions ’n stuff had come out of England, and wondered why this was so.  Of course, this particular individual was into Art & Literature, so wasn’t too clear on just which inventions she was talking about, but we got the general drift.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 45

It’s been a few weeks since the election, and a great many people still don’t know what to make of President-elect Trump.  We can’t say that we do, either, but we know one thing: whoever is in the White House, if he or she doesn’t have the Just Third Way and Capital Homesteading, the only thing the American people will have is more of the same, only more so.  To keep that from happening, here are this week’s happenings:
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Something For Which to Be Thankful

Seriously?  You’re reading this blog on Thanksgiving Day?  You haven’t got anything better to do?  Well, be that as it may, we thought we’d just give you a little something for which you can be thankful . . . besides the election being over, that is.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Invent a New Religion: Re-Edit the Dictionary

Yesterday we looked in general at how to start your own religion for fun and profit.  The issue today is how to make certain you do it successfully, or at least until people start thinking for themselves and realize what’s going on.  Since people without property tend to think the way those in power tell them to think, that’s usually not a problem once you’ve abolished property.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Invent a New Religion: Abolish Private Property

There is a passage in G.K. Chesterton’s little book on St. Francis of Assisi — titled, appropriately enough, St. Francis of Assisi (1923) — that seems to baffle many people.  It is the one where “G.K.” related how St. Francis was such a one-man earthquake or revolution that, had he been so inclined, he could have founded a new religion.  Ironically, that is precisely what some of the followers of “Il Poverello” (“the Little Poor Man”) evidently thought he was doing, although they still called it “Christianity.”  As Chesterton made his case,
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Monday, November 21, 2016

And This Is Important . . . Why?

This past Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, as their new president for a three-year term.  Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, California, was elected vice president.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 44

Although there has been no sign of actual increases in the production of marketable goods and services in a way that allowed the full participation of everyone as both producers and consumers, the stock market took a big jump right after the election.  The real problem remains, however: how do we restructure the system to give as many people as possible to the opportunity and means to become capital owners?  All we can say right now is that we’re working on getting through to people who might help carry the message:
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Feast of Christ the King?!?!?!?(!)

What the heck?  Why is there a posting on the Just Third Way blog about an obscure Catholic religious feast?  And by “feast” we mean a religious festival, not the kind with roast turkeys, roast beef, roast pork, roast lamb, roast . . . what were we talking about, anyway?
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Solidarism and the Just Third Way, IV: Expanded Capital Ownership

Today we look at the fourth pillar of a just market economy, expanded capital ownership.  Father Pesch did not specifically list widespread ownership as a pillar in his system of solidarity, but — as we will demonstrate — it is necessarily implied in his third pillar, “private property.”
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Solidarism and the Just Third Way, III: Restoration of Private Property

Yesterday we looked at the role of free and open markets in solidarism and the Just Third Way.  We found that Father Pesch and CESJ are in substantial agreement that the free market and fair competition are fully compatible with the demand for justice and morality in daily life.
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