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Freeorder News
explorers foundation, inc., leif smith
There are beautiful, wild forces within us.
Let them turn the mills inside
and fill sacks that feed even heaven.
-Francis of Assisi
> Tracking the emergence of freeorder, as seen from this forge, in Denver, Colorado, USA.
* The continuous creation of worldwide freeorder is the largest of open source projects, one to which every member of the human race is invited, each to make their own unique contribution at a scale fitting their capacity and interest.
> Forges are ventures (different from networks) intent on the emergence of freeorder. Forge = “freeorder generator”
— 16Jun14, Mon —
V The 2014 New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conference - Portland, starts today through June 19.
* “The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry.” -thanks to Paul Signorelli, and Pat Wagner
— 15Jun14, Sun —
V The destruction of monies by greedy governments and their associates in business is no trivial matter. It is often eventually catastrophic. The solution is complete individual and group freedom to select among competitive monies, to use holdings of some monies to hedge against the risks of holding others, and to exit from association with any money provider who seems untrustworthy.
* ‘A Bitcoin mining pool, called GHash and operated by an anonymous entity called, just reached 51% of total network mining power today. Bitcoin is no longer decentralized. GHash can control Bitcoin transactions.
‘Is This Really Armageddon?
‘Yes, it is. GHash is in a position to exercise complete control over which transactions appear on the blockchain and which miners reap mining rewards. They could keep 100% of the mining profits to themselves if they so chose. Bitcoin is currently an expensive distributed database under the control of a single entity, albeit one whose maintenance requires constantly burning energy -- worst of all worlds.
‘Some people might say that this is a sensational claim. It's not. The main pillar of the Bitcoin narrative was decentralized trust. That narrative has now collapsed.’
- See more at:
* “Rethinking Money: The Rise Of Hayek's Private Competing Currencies,” by Peter Ferrara, a review of Rethinking Money, by Lietaer and Dunne.
V The Denationalization of Money: An Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Concurrent Currencies, by F. A. Hayek
* Compare this thinking on concurrent monies to Tom Bell’s on polycentric law:
V “Reviewing Piketty’s Blockbuster,” by Don Boudreaux, May 31, 2014
* ‘Piketty’s method of doing economics involves frequent grand proclamations about “social justice” and economic “evolutions,” but he offers no analyses of the dynamics of individual decision-making, often referred to as “microeconomics,” that should be central to the issues he raises.’
* A Tiger by the Tail, Friedrich A. von Hayek and Sudha R. Shenoy, Laissez Faire Books
* Austrian School economics, curated by Peter Boettke on Scoop.It
— 14Jun14, Sat —
> Isango Ensemble, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Oct 12, Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California
* Interview with writer Caleb Monroe on the relationship between magicians and spies. Caleb is writting a new illustrated book, Cloak (probably out in September 2014), telling stories about a magician-spy. There’s a lot in this interview about creative process and how to combine research with writing.
> Patrick E. McLean’s five-minute talk on Where Do Ideas Come From? - the source of the quotation from Francis of Assisi at the top of this page. Thanks to Lara Ewing Himber for introducing me to the work of McLean.
* Patrick Cox’s presentation, The Curse of the Achemist, is available at Mauldin Economics. Patrick is a remarkably interesting and capable researcher of advances in technology that may benefit us.
* Rising Tide Capital Inc.: “Our programs support women, minorities, immigrants and other traditionally marginalized populations to start and grow successful businesses. By investing in the entrepreneurial spirit that already exists in distressed communities, we can make a lasting difference.” There is an interview with founder, Alfa Demmellash, on their home page.
— 07Jun14, Sat —
V Startup Cities Institute:
Here's our [Startup Cities] complete statement on the El Salvador ZEDE proposal:

"The use of autonomous municipalities is an important technology for the economic growth and reform of countries like El Salvador. Pursuing reform with the Startup Cities approach is a big opportunity for countries around the world.

“It's important that we don't forget that a Startup City is more complex and includes more elements than traditional free zones. For us, the most important thing is that all governments involved maintain the integrity of the Startup Cities approach. Startup Cities are not zones only for business, nor are they 'zonas francas' focused on tax policy.

“Startup Cities need sufficient autonomy to experiment with law, security, social services, and administrative processes to empower the citizens of the nation. Competition and the creation of multiple zones is extremely important for the health and success of Startup Cities reform. More than one zone is necessary for the fundamental effects of the Startup Cities approach.

As always, we'll maintain our independence from the ZEDE projects while closely watching their progress. Our goal remains to maintain the integrity of the Startup Cities approach."
V Inequality: Static vs. Dynamic:
* Static inequality is bad. Dynamic inequality is good. Static inequality requires government power devoted to preserving the monopolistic advantages of a ruling class; dynamic inequality arises from widespread, diverse, unpredictable learning, resulting in continuous creative destruction and the reallocation of power and wealth characteristic of free markets. -leif
— 03Jun14, Tue —
V Apple’s regulation of the quality of apps in the App Store begins with this clear statement of boundaries:
* “Introduction” to their App Store Review Guidelines — this is excellent!
V Drug companies have begun to share their clinical trial data.
— 02Jun14, Mon —
> From the Anglospherists:
> Excellent article by Yuval Levin, on solving social welfare problems, employing a freeorder point-of-view:
— 29May14, Thu —
> K. Eric Drexler’s recent, Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization, is a fascinating & important book. Drexler asks us to compare these two statements:
— 28May14, Wed —
* Ben Carson: “First Principles for Personalized, Patient-Centered Health Reform” - proposing a move toward freeorder:
* Bruno Leoni: “The Italian law scholar Bruno Leoni was a champion of law over legislation. In his classic Freedom and the Law (1961), he presented the case for organic legal systems that adjust to human behavior and against legal systems that attempt to adjust human behavior to fit the needs and desires of the politically powerful.”
— 27May14, Tue —
> Spencer Heath MacCallum: Papers of Spencer Heath to be domiciled at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City . Heath’s book, Citadel, Market, and Altar … “Some Observations on the Nature of Public Enterprise,” McNally, 1942:
— 26May14, Mon, Memorial Day —
* Team Rubicon: “Today, we take pause to remember our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us, lost in war or here at home. We remember them by continuing to serve. We remember them by helping the communities of Faulkner County, AR and Beaver Crossing, NE recover from the tornadoes that hit the South and Midwest. And today, we also give our thanks to you; for your generous support.”:
— 25May14, Sun —
* Honoring the wisdom of grandmothers - Emi MacCallum’s art installation, Chihuahua, Mexico.
— 24May14, Sat —
> History, 20th C.: idealists learn they are being used by tyranny: John R. Dos Passos, Emma Goldman, Arthur Koestler, Alexander Berkman, Whittaker Chambers, Paul Johnson (Stalin, Spain, gold):
— 22May14, Thu —
> Leon Louw was on whammedia yesterday speaking on “Creating a shareholder, home-owner democracy” in South Africa. Louw has been doing remarkable work in South Africa through his Free Market Foundation of South Africa (fmf): ‎
— 21May14, Wed —
> flow, zone: “It is the rapturous abandon of a virtuoso violinist's solo performance. Or an athlete pushing their body to the limit. Gen X-ers know it as ''being in the zone''. For those in the positive psychology movement, it is simply called ''flow''. In this state, nothing else matters. We are so immersed in what we are doing that time stops and we are completely in the moment.” -Jill Stark, The Syndey Morning Herald: Finding your flow
> Cold War Warrior, a fascinating blog by someone who was there: