A merry dance of Catholic social doctrine, permaculture, distributism, and other odd answers to pressing questions

About Penny Justice

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Penny Justice is a free bimonthly ezine featuring thoughts, news, resources, and concrete ideas on how to live justice right now, one penny and one moment at a time.

Both the site and the ezine are currently edited by me, Bill Powell. I hope that Penny Justice can be a place where Catholics find out about Distributists, Distributists find out about Permaculturists, Permaculturists find out about Catholics, everyone finds out about Humanure—you get the idea.

I'm especially interested in making it easy for you to understand the Catholic Social Doctrine, which is currently even less beloved than Humanure. Both through selections and through attractively typeset free ebook versions of social encyclicals, I hope you'll find these documents a treasure trove, as I have.

These documents outline a magnificent system of social justice for our times. But actually living justice day in and day out is turning out to be not only difficult, but ridiculously complicated. We have managed to combine an extreme social isolation with an unprecedented global supply chain. Who sewed the shirt on your back? She could easily have been paid a wage so low that even her country deems it illegal. But no one's enforcing that law, and she's on the other side of the world. It's not like you can walk into a store and look for the tag that reads, No men, women, or children were harmed in the production of this merchandise. Or can you?

Meanwhile, we're drowning in obvious wealth, but are often surprisingly poor in friends, economic security, good work, clean food, streets that are beautiful, or even bearable, and the ability to get anywhere interesting without strapping ourselves into a two-ton transport vehicle. What are we supposed to do about any of this?

Read on and see. People are working out answers all over the place. I've been hunting for a few years now, and it finally occured to me to start linking them together in one place. I hope to hear what you've found too.

Oh, and you can visit my personal blog at Bill Powell Is Alive.

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  • Ezine

    Penny Justice is a free bimonthly ezine featuring thoughts, news, resources, and concrete ideas on how to live justice right now, one penny and one moment at a time.

  • Pennies

    Life is made of pennies. We think in terms of dollars: thousands of dollars, millions, billions, trillions. You might not even pick a penny off the ground. But the most gigantic corporation would wither and die without pennies. And for many a man, woman, and child, a few hundred pennies is the work of a day.

    We don't control great fortunes, but we do control our pennies. We don't control our years, but we do control this moment. Billionare or beggar, we live one instant at a time.

    Now.