As we saw in the previous posting in this series, the personalism of John Paul I set the stage for that of John Paul II. Nor is this surprising in light of the fact that Albino Luciani had Karol Józef Wojtyła as a friend and mentor at a critical time. In contrast to the flawed personalism of Emmanuel Mounier, Wojtyła had developed a specifically Thomistic personalism that admits the validity of absolutes and the nature of the human person as a “political animal.”
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Today we have a reprise of Podcast Number 11 on What is Money? and Capital Homesteading. These are questions that are of interest to everyone, so it is useful to rerun one of the podcasts on them every now and then just to keep people up to date:
Friday, May 18, 2018
"Kresta in the Afternoon," a daily radio show that can be accessed live by following this link. The link to the archived version will be posted later. The interview is about the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 that began May 18, and is related in Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know. (Also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.)
As the world continues to warm up (at least here in the northern half of the globe), things are also picking up in the Just Third Way movement. At the top of the list of stories this week is the upcoming CESJ Planning Symposium next week, which will bring attendees from across the country. There are also a number of what appear to be problems that would be greatly reduced or even disappear entirely if the Just Third Way were to be implemented:
Thursday, May 17, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting in this series, Pope John Paul I came across one stumbling block in the way of implementing a personalist economic order — one that respects the dignity and sovereignty of the human person, but that takes into account the rights of all others as well as people’s “political nature.” That is the realization (as Daniel Webster said) that, “Power naturally and necessarily follows property.” True structural change in a society requires reforming institutions — “social habits” — through acts of social justice, and acts of social justice require freedom of association in order to organize effectively for change . . . and John Paul I did not appear to have any specific or legitimate means by which ordinary people could become owners of capital.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting in this series, the invention of “currency” — “current money” of a recognized and standard value in an economy — was a great boon to progress. The idea that money, defined as “all things transferred in commerce,” could have a standard unit of measure meant that people could make plans for the future more easily and with more confidence that a project would have the anticipated results.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
We were going to title this posting “The Problem with Personalism,” except that would imply that there is something wrong with personalism. There is nothing wrong with personalism, although the same can’t be said of some of its interpreters. The fact is that if we take the personalist movement as generally understood, it is incomplete.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Just Third Way Hour interview of CESJ stalwarts Guy S. and Jeanna C. who were Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager on the publication of the Just Third Way Edition of Fulton J. Sheen's Freedom Under God was so popular that we're running it again this week due to popular demand. Despite a few sound glitches (which nobody would notice if your host Dave Hamill hadn't mentioned them himself) this has been one of the most widely listened-to podcasts to date, and is both entertaining and informative:
Friday, May 11, 2018
A great deal of work has been done in advancing the theoretical framework of the Just Third Way. In particular recent investigations into “personalism” and the roots of social justice reveal just how deeply certain assumptions of socialism, modernism, and the New Age have infiltrated virtually all aspects of society, whether Family, Church, or State. It has become evident that the failure of many in Academia and in Politics to understand the act of social justice and the debilitating slavery of past savings has destabilized the social order to an alarming degree:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting in this series, Pope John Paul I was presented with what seemed to be an insoluble dilemma his entire career as a priest, as a bishop, and even his all-too-brief tenure as pope. He had the principles underlying social justice (Aristotelian-Thomism applied in the philosophy of personalism), he even had many of the “parts” of social justice, notably solidarity and subsidiarity.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
In the previous posting in this series, we looked at the definition of money. We discovered that a sound legal, scientific, even financial definition of money is not all that hard to develop once we jettison all the baggage that people have loaded on the concept and demythologize the subject.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
One of Pope John Paul I’s expressed concerns as Patriarch of Venice was the plight of the poor. His first “letter” in Illustrissimi, in fact, is to Charles Dickens, and at first glance seems to be a standard semi- or full-socialist condemnation of the evils and greed of capitalism, the free market, the dictators of money, and so on, so forth.
Monday, May 7, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Hour your Host Dave Hamill interviews CESJ stalwarts Guy S. and Jeanna C. who were Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager on the publication of the Just Third Way Edition of Fulton J. Sheen's Freedom Under God:
Friday, May 4, 2018
It appears that Summer has come to Northern Virginia without the formality of Spring. That’s fine, because other things have been springing up all over as the principles of the Just Third Way are starting to spread around the world:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
In this posting we will look at the situation of organized labor and how a movement intended to recognize and enhance the dignity of the worker ended up shackling owners of labor to an outdated wage-benefit-welfare paradigm that alienated both “labor” and “capital” from society and each other to a greater degree than ever before.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The other day we were deep in a discussion of bank reserves and the role of a reserve currency when someone asked why this was relevant to anything. That was not in the sense of “Why are you wasting my time with this garbage?” but a genuine question, i.e., “Why is this subject worth discussing?”
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
A fundamental assumption of both capitalism and socialism is that ownership of capital must be confined to an élite, whether private as in capitalism, or public as in socialism. The necessary corollary to the concentration of capital ownership in the hands of the few is the shackling of the many to the wage and welfare system.
Monday, April 30, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Hour we have Part I of Norman Kurland's presentation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Summit. This is an edited audio version of the video, which makes it easier to listen to the points raised. (This link should get you to "Episode #16, but if you click on the link and you get a later or the current episode, go to the "Episodes" tab and click on that, which gets you the listing of all the episodes of the show):
Friday, April 27, 2018
It appears that April Showers are bringing forth flowers of hope for the Just Third Way. A number of initiatives appear to be getting a little traction around the world, from the state of Michigan to the country of Poland. In addition, research into the roots of today’s problems is revealing some surprising things that bode well to shake up what “everybody knows” about the history of the nineteenth century, especially the development of socialism:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
One thing that a number of Pope John Paul I’s biographers have struggled with is the puzzle of his working-class background and the fact that his father was a socialist, combined with his obvious distrust of socialism of any kind. They see a contradiction in his open sympathy for workers versus his theological “conservatism” (actually orthodoxy). As a result, chroniclers tend to gloss over or downplay his comments about socialism by asserting — without proof — that he was only opposed to certain kinds of socialism, notably Marxist communism.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
As Popes Leo XIII and John Paul I well knew (and as Karl Marx summed up), socialist theory can be stated most succinctly as “the abolition of private property.” As we saw in the previous posting in this series, that is why Leo XIII declared that widespread capital ownership is the sure specific for socialism, modernism, and the New Age.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting in this series, Leo XIII, in common with John Paul I a century later, faced the serious challenges socialism, modernism, and the New Age presented to traditional institutions of civil, religious, and domestic society. Both popes were fully aware of the dangers the “new things” represented.
Monday, April 23, 2018
This week on the Just Third Way Hour we have Russell Williams of The Challenge interviewing Dr. Norman Kurland, president of the Center for Economic and Social Justice. Tune in for a lively and informative discussion:
Friday, April 20, 2018
This has been a busy week for a number of people involved in the Just Third Way, with a large number of meetings with some very interesting and intriguing people and institutions. We also received a very encouraging report from CESJ’s overseas correspondent, who has been working very hard at introducing the Just Third Way with key people and institutions in politics, academia, and the Catholic Church:
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The turmoil surrounding the Second Vatican Council was in no wise different from that of the First. Problems facing John Paul I as the first “post Vatican II pope” were similar, even in many cases the same as those facing Leo XIII. This makes sense, for Vatican II was construed as a continuation of Vatican I, although so many interpretations have been forced on to Vatican II that many people forget what the whole thing was about.