Academia is in a shambles. The “Education Industry” — the term itself is revealing — is geared toward persuading as many students as possible to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars they don’t have, to train for jobs that won’t exist when they graduate, and to assume a lifetime of non-repayable debt to do so. A liberal arts education is often ignored when it is not ridiculed. The idea that education prepares the student to “pursue the good” (what many people regard as the purpose of life) appears to have little or no currency on university campuses, much less in high schools or grade schools. Justice, while it is paid lip service on occasion, is often misunderstood, when it is understood at all.
The inevitable conclusion is that today’s educational system is not helping students grow in wisdom or teaching them how to apply basic principles of justice and the other virtues to the problems of individual and social life. Education has itself become part of the problem. Not only are tremendous resources of time and money being wasted, lives and intellects are being destroyed to support an unsustainable and unjust economic and political system.
Academia today lacks a unifying, humanizing and practical framework of justice — particularly in the areas of social and economic justice. Without a comprehensive, coherent and cohesive body of principles, we must ask, how can communities and nations ever hope to achieve peace, freedom and prosperity for all their citizens?
The wage-welfare systems of capitalism, socialism and their hybrids have failed miserably to enable the vast majority of human beings to achieve prosperity, freedom and justice. These systems, even unwittingly, view human labor as the only way most people can participate in the economic process and generate their incomes. All of these systems have ended up concentrating ownership, opportunity and power in a tiny economic or political elite.
What needs to be studied, debated and explored is a “Just Third Way” — a universal and equitable ownership system that constantly improves our social institutions to promote and protect every person’s equal dignity, opportunity, freedom and empowerment.
Justice University recognizes the critical role of education in teaching at all levels of learning the moral principles, systems theory (“binary economics”), and real-world applications of economic and social justice. Effective change requires a common understanding of and commitment to universal moral values, sound economic principles, a unifying vision and a feasible plan. Within a sound conceptual framework, people in any society can organize more effectively to reform their institutions to promote equal opportunity, human development and full participation in the economic, social and political order.
Justice University seeks to transform education in order to equip people from early childhood throughout their lives with the analytical, critical and creative skills they will need to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace and to earn an independent living in the face of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and global competition.
Beyond the level of principle and theory, Justice University will also present practical and proven financial tools and policies for solving systemic problems by:
CESJ will initially launch Justice University as an online, interactive “global classroom,” which will grow and evolve as a national and global partnership of universities, teaching colleges, elementary and high schools; educational, research and charitable institutes; community anchor institutions; student and community groups; and leaders in business, banking and labor.
JU will offer a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to moral education at all educational levels. This initiative seeks widespread understanding and public discussion of the principles and applications of a just free market, 21st Century socio-economic paradigm based on the dignity, empowerment, participation and fullest development of each human person within a just social order.
CESJ, as a permanent partner in Justice University, along with JU’s partnering institutions (“JU Partnerships”), will disseminate nationally and globally its core paradigm, principles and applications of justice, social justice and economic justice in order to promote:
Also through its JU Partnerships, Justice University and CESJ will design and implement innovative economic development models of participatory worker ownership and citizen ownership at the local, state and national levels. These pilot models will be designed to tap into new sources of asset-backed money and insured capital credit for growing healthy businesses, without the need for taxpayer dollars and by using the existing powers of the regional Federal Reserve and local banks, in ways that will create new jobs and future capital ownership opportunities.