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Man is not made for the state, the state is made for man.

The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the means to seek self-improvement.

— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CESJ’s philosophy, concepts and applications derive from the paradigm we call the “Just Third Way.” This global just free market paradigm of political economy transcends the power- and ownership-concentrating systems of traditional capitalism and traditional socialism.

The Just Third Way synthesizes the economic justice concepts of lawyer-economist Louis Kelso and philosopher Mortimer Adler, the social justice philosophy of Pius XI and Fr. William Ferree, the design-science of Buckminster Fuller, and the non-violent activism of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This new paradigm would eradicate global poverty and enhance individual freedom by creating equal opportunity and access to capital ownership and economic empowerment for every person. By perfecting basic economic and social institutions to spread power to each person, the Just Third Way offers “win-win” answers to an age-old reality of human society: “Own or be owned.”