I'm sending this rather impersonal "blog release" to Catholic blogs to alert them to the publication of my latest book, In Defense of Human Dignity: Essays on the Just Third Way from a Natural Law Perspective by Michael D. Greaney, Economic Justice Media, ISBN 978-0-944997-02-4, $20.00. In my opinion, the current financial crisis has demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that only sound application of Catholic social teaching with its basis in the natural law can provide a framework for rebuilding a moral and virtuous society.
The majority of the articles in the book were previously published in Social Justice Review, the official journal of the Central Bureau, Catholic Central Union of America in St. Louis, and were personally vetted by the editor, the late Father John H. Miller, C.S.C., S.T.D. They demonstrate the universality of the principles underpinning the Just Third Way of the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice ("CESJ"), www.cesj.org, from a Catholic perspective. The book contains in-depth treatments of natural law political theory, distributism, and social credit, and closes with an extended analysis of the principle of subsidiarity.
I serve as Director of Research for the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice ("CESJ") in Arlington, Virginia. I was associate editor for and contributor to Curing World Poverty: The New Role of Property (Social Justice Review, 1994), was a co-author of Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen (Economic Justice Media, 2004), and am principal contributor to "The Just Third Way" blog. In Defense of Human Dignity can be ordered online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as by special order from major bookstores. Bulk orders are available direct from the publisher, CESJ, at a 20% discount off the cover price, plus shipping. Inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A free review copy in .pdf is available to bloggers. I had to split it into two "volumes," but the formatting is otherwise similar, and the pagination remains the same. You just don't get the cover designed by a professional graphic artist — but then, you shouldn't be judging it by that, anyway.
Michael D. Greaney, CPA, MBA
Director of Research
Center for Economic and Social Justice
I am a regular reader of Social Justice Review, and recommend a subscription to one and all. The book will need to come next.