August 30, 2002

IHS Press presents:
The First American Printing of
Jean Ousset's definitive manual on
Catholic Action

ACTION, by Jean Ousset, is now available from IHS Press.

Over thirty years after the famous convert from Communism, Hamish Fraser, arranged for the translation and publication of Ousset's masterpiece on Catholic Social Action, IHS Press is pleased to make available once again the definitive modern work on Catholic Action.

The role of the Catholic layman in the midst of the modern world: this is the subject of Ousset's work. And he treats that subject with a thoroughness, a comprehensiveness, and a readability that is unique and masterful.

Ousset demonstrates that, far from being a luxury, Catholic Social Action is a duty incumbent upon all Catholics in the modern world who cherish any hopes of living in a world which is more, rather than less compatible with Catholic Principles.

"...just because God can triumph with nothing," remarks Ousset, "does not mean that as a consequence of our doing nothing we have a right to expect victory...Indeed, we can say for certain that God will never grant us victory so long as we expect it to come in this way."

Let us do something then, even if that something is nothing more than a critical and fruitful reading of Ousset's masterpiece, Action.

See below for details on this masterful manual of Catholic Social Action from one of the 20
th century's experts in the field, as well as other currently available IHS Press titles.

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Details on this new and other IHS Press titles

ISBN 0-9714894-2-4

Copies of Action ordered before September 5 will ship in 7 to 10 days.

Shipping/handling by U.S. Postal Media Mail: $2.50 for first copy and $.50 each add'l.

 by Jean Ousset

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Action is a manual for the modern Catholic Crusader by one of the late 20th century's most respected and knowledgeable Catholic laymen.

Jean Ousset, one of France's foremost scholars of the Revolution, and a leader of the European anti-Marxist movement, founded La Cité Catholique in France in 1946 to spread the Social Reign of Christ. Action is one of his thorough and engaging -- yet practical -- manuals designed to inspire, motivate, and guide the modern Catholic layman in the understanding and performance of his duty to fight, with every available and lawful means, for the implementation of Catholic principles in society.

Of particular interest is Ousset's thorough, well-documented, and balanced treatment of the relationship between the clergy and the laity in the struggle for the triumph of Catholic principles in the temporal order. Additionally, he makes a clear and commonsense case for when it is not only lawful but also imperative to collaborate with non-Catholics of good will for the implementation of the Church's Social Doctrine for the salvation of temporal society.

No man of good will concerned about the state of modern society -- Catholic or otherwise -- who proposes to take some action in defense of what remains of Christendom can afford to be without this book. May God grant that it become a truly useful tool in the re-fashioning of a fervently and solidly Christian society.

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ISBN 0-9714894-1-6

Copies of The Free Press normally ship within three business days.

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The Free Press
 by Hilaire Belloc

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The Free Press is Belloc's unabashed look at the establishment which in his day was the Press and in ours is the Media. It is the only work of its kind, being a critique and analysis of the modern Media from the coherent perspective of a Catholic and a Distributist.

In this remarkably subtle and thought-provoking essay, Belloc draws attention to the connection between Capitalism, Finance, and the Press, and from that premise explains the theoretical and practical evils which plague the modern Media, being as it is a creature of our modern economic and political system - not its critic and watchdog.

The Free Press is not just a criticism of the horrendously evil influence of a Media which manipulates, controls, and suppresses news and opinion according to the dictates of the enforced liberal order of capitalism and so-called democracy. It is a surprisingly relevant and up-to-the-minute apology for a Free Press - a press which, despite economic and political disadvantages, is free to report accurate news and sponsor an intelligent and serious exchange of ideas.

Of particular interest to the intelligent reader will be the Publisher's Preface, a thorough-going look at the modern Media Establishment and a discussion of what makes Belloc's writing from early in last century so important and so relevant today. Anyone who has ever suspected that the Media is more concerned with income than Truth will find Belloc's treatise of great value. It is an essential guide for forming a correct and intellectually sound opinion of the forces that control the Media and what can be done to liberate it.

A must read for anyone concerned about a truly Free Press!

ISBN 0-9714894-0-8

Copies of The Outline normally ship within three business days.

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The Outline of Sanity
 by G.K. Chesterton

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The Outline of Sanity is an entertaining book - it will make you laugh. It is an engaging book - it will make you think. And it is an inspiring book -it will make you want to read more and do more.

It is this last quality which really sets The Outline apart from the mass of books on the otherwise dry topics of socialism, capitalism, and the economic order. For this is a book that Chesterton wrote not as a theoretical examination of socialist principles or capitalist hypotheses. He wrote it as a lively and common-sense - but nonetheless rigorous - examination of how both of the "isms" really work in the day-to-day world. He looked at the effect they had on families, homes, men. He did economics as if "economics" still had something to do with households.

The Outline is not just an uncompromising look at the economic side of modern society by a keenly intelligent and brutally honest writer. It is an introduction to the alternative perspective, one that transcends the Socialist/Capitalist dichotomy and offers a vision of an economic order which, rather than dominating man, actually serves him.

You'll have to buy the book to hear more. It is guaranteed not-to-disappoint. Whether you are a serious Catholic seeking the Catholic answer to today's problems, or merely an open-minded, socially-conscious reader who is not afraid to think about an alternative to the corporate rat race and government bureaucracy - The Outline of Sanity will give you a glimpse of that Distributist vision which offers the average man and woman a way out of the insanity of the current system.

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