Please see below for information from the St. Louis Review newspaper on an event featuring G. K. C.’s economic thinking at St. Francis de Sales next month. We may want to incorporate this into our August 18th meeting. Comments welcome.
|July 25, 2008Sessions about social justice scheduled for oratory Aug. 7-9
A Social Justice Collaborative will take place Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 7-9, at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, 2653 Ohio Ave. in South St. Louis.The event is being sponsored by the Catholic Central Verein (Union) of America in St. Louis in conjunction with the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice in Arlington, Va.
All participants in the collaborative will be challenged to develop a global example for integrated technological, entrepreneurial, educational, health care, housing and social justice initiatives in East St. Louis, Ill., and neighboring Metro East communities for replication throughout America’s poorest urban communities.
Closing portions of the workshop will be devoted to making personal commitments to advance the agreed-upon principles and initiatives.
The event, free and open to the public, will include presentations from the American Chesterton Society, the Georgists (followers of 19th-century social reformer Henry George) and the Center for Economic and Social Justice.
The Chesterton Society panel will address Distributism, a program outlined by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, Catholic writers of the early 20th century. The concept is based on restoration of the rights of private property to a broad base of small owners, with a preference for family owned farms and artisan businesses.
The Georgist panel will address the principles of Georgist economics, an economic development model that would treat ownership of land and other resources of nature as distinct from ownership rights in technologies, structures and enterprises produced by human creativity and initiatives.
The Center for Economic and Social Justice panel will present the basics of a theoretical framework that combines the post-scarcity principles of binary economist and worker ownership lawyer Louis O. Kelso, world design science architect R. Buckminister Fuller, Marianist social justice scholar Father William Ferree and social activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The group’s alternative to capitalism and socialism includes a limited economic role for the state; free and open markets for determining justice in prices, wages and profits; restoration of traditional rights of and limitations on private property; and removing artificial legal and financial barriers to broader participation in ownership and profits in wealth-producing assets.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. the next two days. The Social Justice Collaborative is expected to be a first in a series.
Reservations and arrangements for meals can be made by contacting Thomas Wayne Hoover at (314) 371-1653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org