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Explorers & freeorder : Explorer : strong imagination, curiosity, wonder; lover of aspects of the world, who does something about and with those things, persistently. freeorder : what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
 
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freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation
 
The word freeorder welds together free & order with the intention that they may never again become separated.
 
freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all those intent on using their fullest powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things they love.
 
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Definitions of freeorder:
• What’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest, venture, and error correction.
 
The conjecture implied by the second definition is that Hayek’s insights into kinds of order are useful in thought and productive in action and will remain so as the world of freeorder evolves.
 
The word quest indicates an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations. The romantic implications of the word are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on fierce balances of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
 
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Open Network & Weavers of freeorder
Weavers of freeorder are pattern finders, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, connection makers who work for all who discover that their home is Open Network.
Open Network names a freeorder comprised of and arising from all aspects of the world in which an explorer of sovereign spirit may rejoice. It is old. No one invented it.
freeorder is a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
Quest is an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations in course of which resonance grows.
Resonance is the expectation of magical flow, an emergent awareness arising from a fusing, in present action, of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
These capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
 
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Explorers Foundation is simultaneously liberal and conservative.
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We are liberal (in the original and future meaning) in that we are for the freedom of every individual to imagine, think, act, and collaborate; and we are conservative to the extent that what is to be conserved is exactly the same freedom.
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Discussion [audio] of Hayek’s essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society” (1945) between Jeffry Tucker, Kirk Dameron, and Stephen Macaskill, on SoundCloud. This essay is fundamental to freeorder. The discussion linked here explains why.
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“While today decentralization seems like a revelation, one thinker more than any other stands as its chief proponent. In 1945 Friedrich Hayek bucked the post war fashion of command-control thinking and announced the futility of central economic or societal planning. His essay, The Use of Knowledge in Society, is a concise and accurate argument for the organizing principles of the internet, horizontal organizations, and blockchain networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Guests: Jeffrey Tucker: CLO of Liberty.me, Director of Digital Development at The Foundation for Economic Education twitter.com/jeffreyatucker; Stephen Macaskill: President, Blockchain Association of New Zealand, former CEO of Amagi Metals an e-commerce precious metals company. twitter.com/orderofstuff; Kirk Dameron of ConsenSys, Adjunct Professor Regis University, VP of Operations, Altius Space Machines twitter.com/ConsenSysKirk
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December 2017
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Hillsdale College “not one penny” — complete independence from requirements demanded by government •••
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Why are they willing to give up all this free money? They won’t even let students take government backed loans or grants.
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The first mine owned and operated by Australian Aboriginals has opened ••• The bauxite will be sold to Rio Tinto for export to domestic and international customers.
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Satoshi Nakamoto Institute ••• (literature)
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There are many papers in the Institute’s Literature section written by people significant to the emergence of freeorder (and some of the authors are known personally by participants in freeorder network). This paper of F. A, Hayek’s, was first published in 1976: “Denationalisation of Money: An Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Concurrent Currencies” ••• (pdf)
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glyph 590 High Tech Hayekians, by Don Lavoie - precursors, origins, and potential of the agoric approach to computation … foundations of the thinking that led to Blockchain, Bitcoin, etc.
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Hashgraph, solution to blockchain weaknesses? —“The Future Of Distributed Ledger Technology Is Not Blockchain. It’s Hashgraph” – an interview ••• with Leemon Baird, inventor, by Demetri Kofinas •••
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“Hashgraph is a revolutionary new distributed ledger technology created by Leemon Baird (who obtained his PhD at Carnegie Melon in only 2 years, 9 months) that is superior to the blockchain in every way. Unlike the blockchain, it is fast with a high throughput (300,000+ transactions per second pre-sharding), fair (mathematically proven fairness with consensus time stamping), and secure (asynchronous byzantine fault tolerant). These properties expand its use to complex markets, auctions, crypto-currency micro payments, live games (even MMOs), and much more.” —from the above interview
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This interview is probably essential listening (viewing). There’s much more here than in the summary linked above: https://www.hiddenforcespod.com/distributed-consensus-hashgraph-leemon-baird/
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Kinds of distributed databases and ledgers, described here ••• by Sebastien Meunier
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“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.” —Milton Friedman [short video] sent by DD in response to http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/563.html — a political strategy: Parties of No Party
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The Governed Blockchain, presentation by Ian Grigg [video]
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How Businesses Begin: Daniel Wright, from electrician to bag maker ••• (Texas Monthly) . Daniel’s company, Durable Goods •••
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Messenger on a White Horse, the story of Bob Cox, Argentine journalist, told in a new film by Jayson McNamara ••• — a story of heroic resistance to tyranny. vSheridan
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The Creation of Conscious Culture through Educational Innovation, by Michael Strong •••
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Education, Quid Est, Viam Tuam? asks Cade Summers, of Original Path •••
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A truly miraculous woman, Yuja Wang, playing Beethoven’s Op. 106 •••
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Discussion [audio] of Hayek’s essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society” (1945) between Jeffry Tucker, Kirk Dameron, and Stephen Macaskill, on SoundCloud. This essay is fundamental to freeorder. The discussion linked here explains why.
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“While today decentralization seems like a revelation, one thinker more than any other stands as its chief proponent. In 1945 Friedrich Hayek bucked the post war fashion of command-control thinking and announced the futility of central economic or societal planning. His essay, The Use of Knowledge in Society, is a concise and accurate argument for the organizing principles of the internet, horizontal organizations, and blockchain networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Guests: Jeffrey Tucker: CLO of Liberty.me, Director of Digital Development at The Foundation for Economic Education twitter.com/jeffreyatucker; Stephen Macaskill: President, Blockchain Association of New Zealand, former CEO of Amagi Metals an e-commerce precious metals company. twitter.com/orderofstuff; Kirk Dameron of ConsenSys, Adjunct Professor Regis University, VP of Operations, Altius Space Machines twitter.com/ConsenSysKirk
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The Ford Rouge Complex (“The Rouge”), was planned in detail, but it fits into many emergent orders, and hosts many emergent orders.
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Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age? ••• A long-wave theory of technological and economic change suggests the financial malaise that began in 2007 may be about to end. — an article by Carlota Peters, Lee Johnson, and Art Kleiner, published in strategy+business.
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The 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance: The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society •••
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Voice & Exit, Festival of the Future ••• — “criticize by creating”
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Paideia Times •••, a quarterly for higher education trustees — Mission •••: “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ~ Aristotle
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The Philanthropic Enterprise •••; history of the venture •••, originating in the thought of Richard C. Cornuelle ••• — this biography of Cornuelle has a great deal to do with the origins of Explorers Foundation. -ls
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Max Borders ••• on Beneficence and Superphilanthropy •••
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Max is a creator of Voice & Exit, Festival of the Future ••• held annually in Austin, Texas.
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Explorers Foundation has invested in the work of Max Borders.
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Emergent Orders in Higher Education: Reconsidering the Idea of a University •••
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C.S. Lewis Was Right About Education ••• by Amanda Shreve •••, for The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal •••
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Explorers Foundation has invested in the C. S. Lewis Society of California ••• founded by David Theroux •••
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14 Incredible Inventions That Were Discovered By Accident ••• Visual Capitalist
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Provision for such accidents is essential to freeorder. Such provision depends on limits to control more than on active promotion.
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Fall 2017, Brexit, U.K. Conservatives prefer a “Best Brexit.” Why that is so is explained by Jacob Reese Mogg [video]start at 13:15 for the part most pertinent to freeorder — he speaks of a “bottom-up society,” a democracy in which the millions of varied uncoordinated decisions of the people are superior to directives that might be imposed on them from a commanding bureaucracy. He understands the benefit of movement toward freeorder and sees Brexit in that light.
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Bruges Group Conference •••: “Will Britain make a Brexit deal with Brussels? What should the UK prioritise? Where should it draw the red lines? When is the cost of any deal too high? This conference will answer those important questions.”
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Independent Film Institute ••• (list of films) — Mission: “The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator that creates and supports high-impact film and video content designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom.”
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Thanks to Dave Duval for finding this!
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glyph 585 “Beethoven's Soundtrack to the Birth of Modernity,” by Jeffrey A. Tucker - symphony as microscopic social order — something ever meaningful on any Thanksgiving
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Tucker appends this link [video] to a magnificent performance of Beethoven 9, conducted by Bernstein, Berlin, 1989, in celebration of the fall of the Wall.
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glyph 584 “Perceptual Salience and the Creative Powers of a Free Civilization” - importance of Hayek, by Michael Strong. This essay has significant bearing on freeorder; not for non-reflective reading; worth the effort. -ls
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“Taliesin Nexus is a network of film and television producers, screenwriters, and directors who share a passion for a free society.” •••
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“Taliesin was a sixth-century Welsh bard whom legend credits with preserving the art of storytelling through the Dark Ages. Taliesin is also the name that transformative architect Frank Lloyd Wright gave to his home studio, where he designed many of his landmark buildings.”
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Mark Pellegrino ••• (fb), a libertarian who plays Satan on the TV series, Supernatural •••, is on the Creative Board of the film company Taliesin Nexus •••. “For us, Taliesin represents the triumph of the radical creative through time over the forces who would discourage or stamp him or her out.” •••
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“Check Out Taliesin Nexus: Supporting Liberty-Minded Writers, Filmmakers & Creatives,” by David Swindle November 13th, 2017: https://libertyislandmag.com/2017/11/13/check-out-taliesin-nexus-supporting-liberty-minded-writers-filmmakers-creatives/
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Liberty Island ••• (Mission)
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A strategy for winning political elections by telling the entire and necessary truth •••
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A fundamental fact of politics is this: It is impossible to win an election by telling the entire necessary truth. Omission, misrepresentation, or lying is required. This is true for all candidates, even those of the most admirable character. Somewhat demoralizing, isn't it.
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A Reason video •••: Primary Care Doctors . direct doctor / client relationships . no bureaucracy
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Captain William R. Jones (1839-1889), legendary steel maker, Pennsylvania. vWatt
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The Romance of Steel,  a book authored by R. Hasson documents the development of the steel industry in America in the nineteenth century. Jones’ accomplishments are covered in detail in a segment available here.
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A collection of links ••• put together by the Hopkin Thomas Project •••
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Billy Jones & Hopkin Thomas: “When at the age of only ten, he was apprenticed to the Crane Iron company, of Catasauqua, Pa., in the foundry department, and later was placed in the machine-shop of that company, then under the supervision of Mr. Hopkin Thomas, whom Capt. Jones considers one of the brightest mechanics of his day. Hopkin Thomas was noted for his development of youthful minds, and it was his boast that he never produced a bad mechanic, and in the later years of his life, pointed with pride to the men who occupied leading positions in the mechanical and metallurgical world, who were formerly apprentices under his direction.” —History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, A. Warner & Co., Chicago, Ill., 1889, pp 284 - 285
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Alan Macfarlane’s China lectures, The Invention of the Modern World (Wang Gouwei Lectures, 2011) ••• (Fortnightly Review) vAnglosphere
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Text (Fortnightly Review; Video (University of Cambridge)
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“THE WANG GOUWEI Lectures delivered at Tsinghua University in March and April 2011 form the basis for Prof. Alan Macfarlane’s The Invention of the Modern World, a previously unpublished manuscript which is the Spring-Summer 2012 serial offering of The Fortnightly Review [•••].”
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“Carbon-rich peat bogs seem to adapt well to changes in temperature, precipitation and other climate-related factors” ••• (“Massive Carbon Sink May Be More Resilient Than Scientists Thought,” Scientific American) vLeopold.com
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Shakespeare’s ‘Islamic’ Poem ••• vIjtihad
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Reese Witherspoon, story teller, story maker
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‘After a critically acclaimed debut at age 14 in 1991’s The Man in the Moon, why would an aspiring actress enroll at Stanford and move to Northern California in the first place? “I was never going to be an actor who lives in their car because their dream was so big. [If acting didn’t work] I would have gone from Stanford to medical school and become a surgeon. Right now, I’d probably be the premier surgeon and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University,” she says, pausing. “What? I’m just being honest. I’m ambitious, and I’m over hiding that.’ ••• (WSJ)
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Ripples in the fabric: web search; fuel cells (hydrogen, gallium); special economic zones, refugee camps; nanotech machine for making whiskey; … politics of parties of no party …
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Sometimes the only way to find out about a ripple is to contact us.
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Presearch, web search, blockchain, tokens: https://www.presearch.io/uploads/WhitePaper.pdf (thanks, Shannon Ewing)
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Special Economic Zones, seasteading, refugee camps - a note from Michael Strong vOpenworld
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The Great Robert Walpole ••• vArcher
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October 2017
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A book on Brazil and the Digital Lusosphere is in preparation for Lexington Press (for late 2017) — this is another manifestation of the concept of “network commonwealth” as formulated by Jim Bennett in his book on Anglosphere.
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Posted on January 4, 2017 by lusosphere (website devoted to the concept)
“The Lexington Press, an academic publishing arm of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., has engaged a global group of scholars to prepare a book for publication in late 2017 entitled Brazil and the Emergence of a Digital Lusosphere. The book’s editor is Valnora Leister, a member of the faculty of James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia USA) and former Guggenheim Fellow of the Smithsonian Institute who has written a series of papers and articles on the impact of information and communications technologies in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries.  Other contributors to the volume include scholars and researchers from leading universities and institutes in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone countries in Africa. Rowman & Littlefield previously published The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett (2004).”
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Independent American writer and photographer, Michael Yon, authored this article on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China ••• . It was published August 26, 2017, by Japan Forward. Yon is on EF’s small (so far) list of real journalists, found at vSheridan
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Tom W. Bell's ••• recent book, Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations •••, is about legal systems optimized to support special economic zones of all kinds. For the world of scholarship devoted to law for such zones, made to provide more freedom than can be allowed by traditional governance systems, this book is a foundational document. Published by Cambridge University Press, October 12, 2017.
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Michael Strong, on Special Economic Zones and their potential to benefit the world
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Michael Strong, on Effective Altruism (EA) and special economic zones, October 2017 (edited for readability, with additional links — Leif Smith, October 28, 2017)
https://www.effectivealtruism.org : “Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.”
Michael Strong’s post on Effective Altruism, directs attention to the impact of special economic zones.
... because of scale of the potential impact, and because you list among your favorite Econtalk episodes Alex Tabarrok on private cities, Romer on charter cities, and Patri Friedman on The Seasteading Institute, all of which address one common underlying movement ...
I'd love to know why the Effective Altruism (EA) community is not more deeply interested in exploring LEAP Zones, Startup Societies, charter cities, special economic zones, Refugee Cities, etc. as a path to eliminating global poverty (and reducing the probability of violent conflict, reducing the refugee crisis, and many other benefits).
There is a growing community of intellectuals and practitioners working towards these solutions, certainly hundreds of us and possibly thousands.
Although these solutions go under diverse names and branding, all are looking to the creation of new jurisdictions with significantly greater autonomy and improved local governance as a solution to otherwise intractable problems of governance.
Moreover, there is a coherent narrative explaining why this movement is a solution to Doug North's "natural state" problem due to Bob Haywood, former ED of the World Economic Processing Zones Association and probably the most experienced zone expert in the world, who may be responsible directly or indirectly for bringing more human beings out of poverty than any other living human being. [Haywood is "fully engaged in Timor-Leste/Indonesia border zone development, and Vietnam/China border zone developments" -personal communication from Haywood, October 2017 -leif]
Among the dozens of zone success stories Haywood helped with are the Chinese SEZs, and that is but one, albeit big, example.
This direction is not at all speculative - there are thousands of special economics zones and, although many are failures, the impact of the successful ones are immense. For instance, Chinese SEZs are largely responsible for not merely bringing China out of poverty, but increasing average urban wages 6x over the last few decades for some 700 million urban Chinese. The End of Cheap Chinese Labor
Although it looks somewhat different on the surface, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has shown that by implementing British common law within a 110 acre zone it is possible to install a different legal system effectively within a zone and thereby create a world class financial center from nothing in 20 years - Abu Dhabi has therefore copied the model explicitly.
Honduran Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs), which in an earlier (RED) designation was inaccurately identified in the mainstream media as a Romer Charter City model, has in part in its most recent manifestation been influenced been by Dubai, to the extent of considering importing the Dubai version of British Common Law (the Honduran ZEDE project is still very much active, despite mainstream media accounts).
Other than Romer, most of the players in this global movement have been relatively low profile. Refugee Cities and Seasteading have also gotten media attention but the media almost never (never?) understands these as part of a common global movement dedicated towards the elimination of global poverty. But my sense is that there really ought to be an active discussion of this set of solutions within the EA community - if there is please direct me towards it. I know of dozens of projects around the world that are moving in this direction. They need as much talent and support as possible to become a reality.
Both Mark Lutter and Lotta Moberg have written recent dissertations on these zone strategies in recent years pioneering the scholarly analysis of these issues.
Tom W. Bell 's recent book on legal systems for this approach is a founding public document of the movement for the world of legal scholarship. https://www.amazon.com/Your-Next-Government-Stateless-Nations/dp/1316613925, Cambridge University Press, October 12, 2017.
Almost a decade ago William Easterly admitted in a small conference I organized that mainstream development economists had simply neglected zones as a development strategy, in part because they tend to be focused on nation-state data sets for their empirical analyses. That is very slowly changing, but the pace is glacial.
My understanding is that a few years ago tried to engage the EA community on this issue without much success. I'll be in the SF Bay area regularly in the upcoming year and would love to discuss this issue. As someone who has spent my life maximizing impact very much along the EA lines long before they were movements, I've spent much of my time in the past decade developing and promoting this movement because of the potential scale of impact. There is no greater movement with possible upside scale.
Finally, I also want to link to Michael Castle Miller's Refugee Cities as yet another manifestation of the same movement with obvious importance. Also tagging Michael Wiebe who is thoughtfully active in the EA community from an economically informed perspective.
Below is the Refugee Cities link for a concrete manifestation; I'm happy to discuss the underlying commonality among all of these initiatives if it is not obvious.
We need to create a sustained, informed, sophisticated public discussion on this this strategy and the EA community is an ideal place in which to extend the conversation beyond its existing specialist boundaries. There are many complex issues to be addressed and it is too important to be allowed to get bogged down in stupid and uninformed ideological stereotypes as almost always happens in media accounts.
The EA community may be uniquely capable of understanding the institutional substrate (New Institutional Economics) that result in this being a necessary direction for addressing otherwise intractable governance issues.
Market Urbanism, as a separate but related cousin, should also be a deep part of the EA conversation if it is not already.
Tagging Joe Quirk, Joe McKinney, Anna Murphy, Leif Smith, James C. Bennett, Mark Klugmann, Carlos Alejandro Pineda Pinel, Carlos Chingui Mendez, Helmuth Chavez, John Chisholm, Anthony Ling, and Mark Frazier as well.
Michael Strong: Creating a World in which All of Humanity Flourishes
Co-Founder and CEO, KhabeleStrong Incubator
Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, The FLOW Project, now Radical Social Entrepreneurs
Co-Founder and CEO, StartupLearning.Me
TEDx GrandRapids, "Innovate:  Experience"
A few links to people I know personally, mentioned by Michael, with my apology to those I have yet to meet:
James C. Bennett
Mark Frazier, Openworld, Inc.
This post was originally by Michael Strong, now edited and amended by Leif Smith.
Explorers Foundation, Inc., October 28, 2017
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“Escape the Moral Matrix with the Red Pill of Intellectual Diversity: Intellectual diversity can free us from our moral blinders and foster creativity and innovation” ••• by Aaron Tao •••
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Jim McNelly, on Generative Futures (fb group): ‘In my studies in microbiology, I learned that a common poultice for treating infected woulds was to apply moistened "well decomposed leaf and vegetable mould" onto the would with a bandage. Natural anti-pathogens like penicillin would attack the infection. Such is the case, it seems, for the soil around us as well. As we increase the humus content of the soil, the microbial counts increase as does naturally occurring antibiotics. Perhaps it is time to proscribe compost for its healing properties again.’ Jim linked to this article ••• “Bacteria can spread antibiotic resistance through soil,” October 6, 2017 by Tracey Peake, in PhysOrg.
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“How Socialism Ruined Venezuela” ••• by Rafael A. Acevedo and Luis B. Cirocco, published in “The Austrian” ••• published by Mises Institute •••
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The remarkable thing about this essay is this: ‘… there was a time when this country was quite prosperous and wealthy, and for a time Venezuela was even referred to as an “economic miracle” in many books and articles. However, during those years, out of the five presidents we had, four were dictators and generals of the army. Our civil and political rights were restricted. We didn’t have freedom of the press, for example; we didn’t have universal suffrage. But, while we lived under a dictatorship, we could at least enjoy high levels of economic freedom.’ When democracy was established its principal achievement was to abolish economic freedom. As a result, now many (if not most) Venezuelans are starving. Perhaps it is foolish to precipitously advocate democracy when, unknowingly and innocently, it provides a method of committing national suicide. If this is the case, then what is the alternative? to passively tolerate dictators? -ls
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Explorers of freeorder will find Stephanie West Allen’s websites a rich source of insights. A starting point: Brains on Purpose 🐬 🐬 🐬 (“emerge, emerge, emerge”)
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Good starting point for Bitcoin exploration, Bitcoin.com
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The Arava Institute ••• is a leading environmental and academic institution in the Middle East, working to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict.
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Arava’s Beyond Borders Tour •••: Transboundary Cross-Cultural Tour of Jordan and Israel. April 23 - May 1, 2018.
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“This small group journey through Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank gives participants exclusive access to the culture, politics, and environment of the region.  Led by regional experts, this luxury trip goes beyond borders and takes you off-the-beaten track to delve into the complex realities of environmental realities in the Middle East.”
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Stephanie West Allen sent a link to this article about the ongoing destruction of California by policies that drive producers out of the state and invite takers into it: “Adios, California” •••, by a fifth-generation Californian.
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Jim Bennett suggests this book review: “Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle: Science, Commerce, Freedom, and the Origins of Modernity” ••• by Robert Darby •••, October 4, 2017, published on Quillette •••
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Perspective on Catalonia, offered by Victor Hill •••
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Ripples in the fabric: nanomaterials, improved electronics … soil building, growing real food, beyond organic … supersonic flight with reduced wing drag (60%) … improved milage for long-haul trucks (30%) … finding oil invisible to all existing technologies but one … a remarkable history of the United States by Garet Garrett … new things happening at Longmont Symphony Orchestra … new community newspaper begun by Patch (Colorado) ••• in north Denver … new action beginning to stop civil asset forfeiture in Colorado … American Campus Magazine ••• for foreign students wishing to study in USA. Contact me for more about anything in Threads. -ls
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Steve Elliott’s Blue Heron Tai Chi ••• is now offering classes, in Longmont, on push hands and balance improvement.
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Wendy McElroy is serially publishing a book on bitcoin, The Satoshi Revolution ••• about rising expectations.
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“The revolution of 2009 went unnoticed by most people because it was peaceful, orderly and profoundly technological. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto released open source software by which peer-to-peer transfers of digital wealth, called bitcoins, flashed over an immutable and transparent ledger, called the blockchain.
“A new model challenged the existing reality and peacefully rendered it obsolete. Instead of toppling a government only to have another rise in its place, the new model rendered all governments irrelevant through a new technology and a private currency unlike anything seen before. Bitcoins move seamlessly through a world without states or borders, obeying only the command of individuals who choose to deal with each other.”
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CANZUK Federationists (Facebook group, by request or invitation).
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CANZUK Federationists is a discussion group focused on the prospects for and movement toward a Union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and potentially other nations in future. It differs from other groups in being specifically focused on the prospects for such a group, which would likely have the character of a state, but in any event would be determined by the future events that would drive the emergence of such a Union. Within that broad goal we accept there are many different possibilities for how such a group might emerge and what its internal arrangements might be. One of the functions of the group is to promote and host discussion about the why, what, when, and how of such a Union. (The "where" part being pretty much predetermined by the name.) We welcome requests for participation by all who find this topic of interest and are dedicated to civil discourse.
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Bitcoin pioneer: “Roger Ver Joins Other Libertarians In Announcing a New Nation” •••
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One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization •••, by Dee Hock, founder of VISA — recommended by Peter Saint-André •••
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Leon Louw on Radical Economic Transformation ••• (YouTube) — support for President Zuma of South Africa.
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Mike Adams, in “Natural News,” condemns the pharmaceutical/government nexus as “criminal” ••• “All the Health Ranger’s warnings about Big Pharma are now coming true thanks to the opioid epidemic… and journalists are finally sounding the alarm”
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Adams quotes from and links to an article by Lynn Parramore of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, “Worse Than Big Tobacco”: How Big Pharma Fuels the Opioid Epidemic” •••
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A pocket watch the operates as a micro-Stonehenge: https://twitter.com/StonehengeClock
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Oath Keepers’ response ••• to the devastation in Puerto Rico
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Food purity, testing: Consumer Wellness Center (CWC) ••• ; CWC’s test of Bone Broth products •••
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Movement toward freeorder would produce a variety of competing testing organizations, replacing a untrustworthy monopolistic systems favored by governments, and subject to capture (“regulatory capture”) by the producers monitored.
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Jimmy Song’s point-of-view is to an unusual degree pervaded by awareness of freeorder. -ls
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Bitcoin as a robust, durable, store of value, “a sound money” — an interview ••• with Jimmy Song ••• (“Bitcoin [core] Developer and Entrepreneur/Former VP of Engineering at Armory/Coindesk Contributor/Open Source Enthusiast”) by Valentin Schmid ••• (“Valentin Schmid is the business editor of the Epoch Times •••. His areas of expertise include global macroeconomic trends and financial markets, China, and Bitcoin. Before joining the paper in 2012, he worked as a portfolio manager for BNP Paribas in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Hong Kong.”) — thanks Pierre
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Question: Is energy cost going to seriously limit Blockchain/alt-coin usage?
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Ever since its inception Bitcoin’s trust-minimizing consensus has been enabled by its proof-of-work algorithm. The machines performing the “work” are consuming huge amounts of energy while doing so. The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index was created to provide insight into this amount, and raise awareness on the unsustainability of the proof-of-work algorithm.”
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Blockchain, significance of, talks by Andreas Antonopoulos leading to comprehension:
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Introduction to Blockchain ••• October 2014, testimony to Senate of Canada
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Blockchain vs. Bullshit ••• March 2017, Blockchain Africa, Johannesburg
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Bitcoin for Beginners x.com (very basic) February 2017, Bloktex Conference, Kuala Lumpur
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Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper ••• started bitcoin/blockchain in 2009
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“Is Cancer a Mitochondrial Disease” ••• Josh Mittledorf, October 1, 2017 •••
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Thomas Seyfried helped by reading before publication and adding some references.
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In October 2014 Ebola was seen to be reversed in Sierra Leone, but the treatment was stopped by the Ministry of Health. The story is told in this interview with Dr. Robert Rowen ••• ; transcript ••• ; vMethusela
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Pro-Rowen & Anti-Rowen are both here so if interested you can compare. Personal note: Jerry, a friend of mine, was declared “terminal” by experts, was unable to get out of a wheelchair, and was on the heaviest possible medications (methatrexate, etc.). He went to Rowen. In about three weeks he was walking. The “terminal” disease (bone destroying) was halted, reversed, and stabilized. If this is quackery, I’m for it. -🐬ls
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Jerry’s story, from Dr. Rowen’s newsletter, “Second Opinion” (now written by Dr. Robert Shallenberger)
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Robert Jay Rowen’s “Second Opinion,” December 2004 — Jerry’s story
You Can Reverse Crippling Arthritis
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and have been told, “There’s nothing we can do,” I have a wonderful story that should give you hope.
Jerry Anderson, a 65-year-oldSecond Opinion reader from Texas was told by his board-certified rheumatologist that he would become completely immobile and likely be dead within two years.
Jerry had developed a galloping case of inflammatory arthritis. He was given high levels of Big Pharma chemicals to suppress symptoms and had not responded. When he arrived at my office, he was an invalid in a wheelchair, unable to muster the strength to move it, or even set its brakes. His hands were swollen to twice their normal size and all of his limbs were virtually immobile. He was in agony. An unrelated condition had caused a partial paralysis in his right leg.
Jerry consulted with me by telephone only two weeks before coming. I suspected several conditions I’ve repeatedly written about in these pages. Specifically, hypercoagulation (a folic acid metabolic defect), likely infection in his joints, heavy metals, infection in his teeth or jawbones (root canals), and insufficient adrenal hormones. He decided to pay me a visit and flew out immediately with the assistance of a dear friend.
Amazingly, we quickly confirmed all of these suspicions.
Jerry received low-dose antibiotics (minocycline), hyperbaric oxygen, and oxidation treatments for infection. I placed him on the low-dose adrenal hormones of Liefmann (available from Women’s International Pharmacy). Chelation therapy, both IV and oral, was used for heavy metals. Low-dose heparin was given for the hypercoagulation. Folapro was provided for the folic acid metabolic defect, and other nutritional supplements for naturally easing inflammation.
Within one week, the pain and swelling in his hands was sharply reduced and his energy level was dramatically higher. By the end of his third week with us, I was shocked by what I saw. He was able to self-maneuver his wheelchair to his van, stand, load it up himself, and drive away. By his fourth week with us, after dental work to clean out extensive root canal and jaw infections, this previously crippled man climbed two flights of stairs (even with his partially paralyzed leg) and was walking around the office with a walker. The staff exclaimed joyously, “A miracle in action!”
Folks, you want to know the reason for our coming health care bankruptcy? It’s because Big Pharma products do nothing to treat the cause of disease and only create new problems with their toxic “side effects.” Jerry is a miracle in progress and wants you to know his story. He can’t wait to shock his rheumatologist by walking into his office.
Millions of Americans are needlessly suffering from painful and crippling inflammatory and so-called “autoimmune” conditions. Drugs can be part of the solution, but only if directed at the cause.
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Robert Rowen’s website •••
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Dr. Gorski, “Orac,” takes on Dr. Rowen in an article intended to expose a “quack” ••• — I have found I can rely on Gorski to insult and condemn almost every doctor who makes good sense while doing anything unconventional.
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Current discussion of CANZUK potential will be found at the Facebook page for “CANZUK Federationists”:
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Peter Saint-André: Epicurian Dialogue, Tao of Roark, Thoreau, Monadnock Press vEudaimonia
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Other writings by Peter Saint-André
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Translations of Epicurus by Peter Saint-André
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The Principal Doctrines, by Epicurus •••
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Letter to Menoeceus, by Epicurus — Peter Saint-André's translation, in progress •••
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"I’ve finished a draft of my final Epicurus translation: his Letter to Menoeceus. Now that I’ve rendered just about all of his ethical writings from Greek into English, I plan to weave them together with commentary into a short book entitled Epicurus on Happiness. Stay tuned for details." —from Peter's blog, One Small Voice •••
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The Monadnock Press & Monadnock Review (1997-2002) •••
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The Monadnock Review was a webzine of art and ideas dedicated joy and reason and meaning, published from 1997 to 2002 •••
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The Monadnock Press is an online publisher of public-domain texts that reflect our vision of human potential, with a special focus on the literature of freedom and the classics of Western civilization, the Anglosphere, and America.
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Letters on Happiness: An Epicurean Dialogue, by Peter Saint-André
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The best life is a happy life, and a happy life is easy to achieve: all you need is to understand what is natural and needful for human beings (such as health, serenity, and companionship), and to avoid destructive emotions like anger and envy along with groundless desires for fame, power, honor, wealth, and immortality.
So argued the Greek philosopher Epicurus. Although he lived over 2300 years ago, the ideas and practices that Epicurus recommended are still compelling today. Letters on Happiness explores Epicureanism through a modern, down-to-earth dialogue between two young friends (and includes all-new translations of key Epicurean texts). Their extended conversation peels away the layers of misunderstanding about Epicurus that have accumulated over the centuries (e.g., that he advocated an unthinking hedonism), revealing the positive wisdom that lies at the core of this ancient creed.
As Epicurus himself observed: "Reflect on what brings happiness, because if you have that you have everything, but if not you will do everything to attain it." Letters on Happiness provides essential insights for the love of wisdom and the practice of a better life.
The book will always be available for free on this [see below -ls] website. Kindle and print versions can be purchased at Amazon.
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The Tao of Roark •••, by Peter Saint-André
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An Epicurean Dialogue on Happiness •••, by Peter Saint-André
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Seasons of Thoreau: Reflections on Life and Nature ••• selected by Peter Saint-André
The Upland Farm, Thoreau on Cultivating a Better Life •••
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The political spectrum essentialized — vertical & horizontal views
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A vertical political spectrum — Explorers Foundation
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A horizontal political spectrum — The Objective Standard •••
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New book by Murray Rothbard to be published in October, 2017
 
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Daniel Hannan is interviewed ••• on BBC HARDtalk, August 23, 2017, by Stephen Sackur, who asks, “If Brexit is not a clean break, then what’s the point?” Daniel Hannan, responds that Brexit is working out, because the main objective has been achieved, the return of control of Britain, under British law, ultimately determined by British democracy, and that negotiation of the remaining issues is possible and likely to happen.
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Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The Whiskey Machine: Nanofactory-Based Replication of Fine Spirits and Other Alcohol-Based Beverages,” IMM Report 47, May 2016 — posted here to inspire the thought, if this is possible, then what else? …
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Abstract. Specialized nanofactories will be able to manufacture specific products or classes of products very efficiently and inexpensively. This paper is the first serious scaling study of a nanofactory designed for the manufacture of a specific food product, in this case high-value-per- liter alcoholic beverages. The analysis indicates that a 6-kg desktop appliance called the Fine Spirits Synthesizer, aka. the “Whiskey Machine,” consuming 300 W of power for all atomically precise mechanosynthesis operations, along with a commercially available 59-kg 900 W cryogenic refrigerator, could produce one 750 ml bottle per hour of any fine spirit beverage for which the molecular recipe is precisely known at a manufacturing cost of about $0.36 per bottle, assuming no reduction in the current $0.07/kWh cost for industrial electricity. The appliance’s carbon footprint is a minuscule 0.3 gm CO2 emitted per bottle, more than 1000 times smaller than the 460 gm CO2 per bottle carbon footprint of conventional distillery operations today. The same desktop appliance can intake a tiny physical sample of any fine spirit beverage and produce a complete molecular recipe for that product in ~17 minutes of run time, consuming <25 W of power, at negligible additional cost. — Cite as: Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The Whiskey Machine: Nanofactory-Based Replication of Fine Spirits and Other Alcohol-Based Beverages,” IMM Report No. 47, May 2016; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep047.pdf.
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Introduction: Specialized nanofactories will be able to manufacture specific products or classes of products very efficiently and inexpensively. This paper is the first serious scaling study of a nanofactory designed for the manufacture of a specific food product, in this case high-value-per-liter alcoholic beverages. The main purpose of this paper is to assess the technical opportunities for the inexpensive chemical analysis and manufacturing of fine spirits and other alcohol-based beverages using the equipment and techniques of atomically precise manufacturing. Of particular practical concern to commercial interests is the vulnerability of existing fine spirits business models to potentially disruptive new sources of atomically indistinguishable replicant products having significantly lower production cost and/or higher consumer desirability than traditionally produced products.
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“Somewhere in the bowels of the cabinet a bartender went into action – a non-human bartender whose electronic soul mixed things not by jiggers but by atom counts, whose ratios were perfect every time, and who could not be matched by all the inspired artistry of anyone merely human.” – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky (1950)
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Global Challenges Foundation: Background and Goals •••
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The Book of Balance ••• (Paraview Publishing), a new (2004) translation of Tao Teh Ching,, by Yasuhiko Genku Kimura.
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“… Yasuhiko Genku Kimura’s new translation of the ancient Tao Teh Ching is…as clear and readable as can be wished for. On every page the reader will encounter that special and exciting glow found only when an author truly loves his subject….It deserves to be read widely.“ -- from the Foreword by Herbert Guenther, Ph.D., D. Litt., author of The Matrix of Mystery and From Reductionism to Creativity
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Bill Casey ••• (Executive Leadership Group) recommends a new translation of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, The Essential Marcus Aurelius •••, by Jacob Needleman and John Piazza.
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William Stubbs, the English Constitution as an old country house ••• posted by Lexington Green on Chicago Boyz, September 16th, 2017 — an eloquent account of the nature of the English Constitution. Reminds me of Stewart Brand’s book on how buildings learn.
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A cluster of related freedom radio sites and media
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lrn.fm — Liberty Radio, on internet — enter a new (at least different) world
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http://pirateswithoutborders.com — advertising on Liberty Radio
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Berlin Futures Forum (BFF •••): The theme for BFF 2017, October 25 to 29, will be Healing the Self, Healing the World. Revisions of this website and new material will become available on the BFF site soon. A central idea: The Infinite Game Platform •••
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Beijing, China, a venture to enhance mindfullness ••• — using float tanks, begun by one of the founders of the idea of socially conscious investment.
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Alan Macfarlane’s lectures on the invention of the modern world, delivered in Beijing, 2011 •••
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The contents of these lectures have much to do with things paid attention to by Explorers Foundation. Dr. Macfarlane did us the honor of accepting one of our Cobden-Bright Awards, given in recognition of his contribution to the emergence of freeorder. His work in China continues.
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Seventeen lectures given in March-April 2011 at the Tsinghua Academy of Chinese Learning, University of Tsinghua, Beijing, China, given by Professor Alan Macfarlane and funded by the Kaifeng Foundation. All other credits and details are on the individual films. Further materials, including the text of the lectures, can be found under 'Lectures' on www.alanmacfarlane.com
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Ayn Rand’s Anthem ••• a graphic novel, soon to be published by the Atlas Society •••
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"It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think..."
So opens Anthem, Ayn Rand's dystopian tale of a society where the individual has ceased to exist, having been replaced by a sinister collective "we."
In an effort to share this timely novel with a larger audience, The Atlas Society, in heroic form, has announced that they will be bringing Anthem to the masses as a graphic novel!
You can watch the trailer and reserve your copy here: http://anthem.atlassociety.org
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Red Pill ••• — a new channel for sanity and rationality is opening. Container ships of good ideas are wanted at the receiving end of this channel. Let’s start loading. [thanks, John Scott]
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YouTube: “Leaving the Left - My Red Pill Story” ••• — a few of the comments are interesting.
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People of all ages and ethnicities are posting YouTube videos describing “red pill moments”—personal awakenings that have caused them to reject leftist narratives imbibed since childhood from friends, teachers, and the news and entertainment media.”
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The theme for Berlin Future Forum ••• (BFF) 2017, October 25 to 29, will be Healing the Self, Healing the World. Revisions of the website and new material will become available soon.” —from Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, author of the phrase, alignment beyond agreement, a key for Red Pillars of an Emerging World seeking a way out of the Matrix. See “My Red Pill Story” above.
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Mary McLane •••, an extraordinary individual, whose work is recalled by Michael R. Brown, Petrarca Press •••
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“Mary MacLane, the first of the modern media personalities, burst out with I Await the Devil's Coming - a journal of private thoughts and longings that (though tamely renamed The Story of Mary MacLane by the publisher) brought fame the world over. Through the books, newspaper articles, interviews, and pioneering silent movie that followed she created a completely new, individual voice decades ahead of its time. She influenced Gertrude Stein, inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald, and was hailed by America’s greatest writers and everyday people on the street. And though she inspires film, stage, and music projects to this day - though she is quoted on and off the Internet - the writer behind the writing has remained unknown.”
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Living My Life •••, by Emma Goldman
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The first three paragraphs:
It was the 15th of August 1889, the day of my arrival in New York City. I was twenty years old. All that had happened in my life until that time was now left behind me, cast off like a worn-out garment. A new world was before me, strange and terrifying. But I had youth, good health, and a passionate ideal. Whatever the new held in store for me I was determined to meet unflinchingly.
How well I remember that day! It was a Sunday. The West Shore train, the cheapest, which was all I could afford, had brought me from Rochester, New York, reaching Weehawken at eight o’clock in the morning. Thence I came by ferry to New York City. I had no friends there, but I carried three addresses, one of a married aunt, one of a young medical student I had met in New Haven a year before, while working in a corset factory there, and one of the Freiheit, a German anarchist paper published by Johann Most.
My entire possessions consisted of five dollars and a small hand-bag. My sewing-machine, which was to help me to independence, I had checked as baggage. Ignorant of the distance from West Forty-second Street to the Bowery, where my aunt lived, and unaware of the enervating heat of a New York day in August, I started out on foot. How confusing and endless a large city seems to the new-comer, how cold and unfriendly!
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A reading ••• of a selection from Goldman’s Living My Life, in which she recalls how she was inspired to anarchist ideals.
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The political spectrum essentialized — The Objective Standard •••
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August 2017
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Senator Ben Sasse, Nebraska, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance — recommend by Jan Prince
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Jordan B. Peterson ••• (worth exploring) — proponent of “self authoring” — interesting?
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Excellent introduction to Peterson, by Peterson:
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Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, by Alice Dreger — New York Times review ••• by David Hobbs
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Addresses ••• (Gutenberg) by the Right Reverend Phillips Brooks
 
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Mises Institute ••• will soon publish a new book by Murray N. Rothbard, The Progressive Era •••, a history. Explorers Foundation has invested in the publication of this book, through a $1000 Cobden-Bright Award to Mises Institute.
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A list of all EF investments ••• from 2006 through 2027
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Freeorder is about balancing designed and spontaneous orders so as to produce optimum conditions for exploration, conjecture, and error correction. The Progressive era comprises a cascade of authoritarian impositions of design, constraining the spontaneous order, and limiting the use of widespread and finely dispersed knowledge. The damage caused by such actions is described in the great work by Ludwig von Mises, Human Action ••• (complete book, multiple forms, free from the Mises Institute). Mises was Rothbard’s primary teacher.
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Wunsiedel, Germany: Neo-Nazis march ••• to raise money to help people leave the Nazi movement.
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“Out of ideas and desperate to suppress dissent, the EU's days are numbered” •••, by Igor Gräzin, October 12, 2017, Telegraph, London — a subscription to the Telegraph is required to read more than a few words. Essence is that wish to loosen ties to EU is growing among its members. Resisted by “professional nomenclature” who may have power to prevent referenda. EU suppressing internal dissent; opposition labeled “extremist.” EU made sense fifty years ago; not today. Failure evident. However, new social media, online cooperation, will result in self-created civic movements that will overwhelm opposition. ‘We previously saw the "Arab Spring", and one day we will look back at the "Autumn of Europe”.’
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Helen Szamuely’s pages ••• (a treasure of intelligent & vigorous dissent from things that deserve it)
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Jim Bennett commented on the article: “Following is a column in today's Telegraph by Igor Grazin, an Estonian MP of Russian ethnicity.  It is basically the EU seen through the eyes of a Russian, who was a former member of the Supreme Soviet and therefore had an inside view of the decline of the USSR.  (would love to read his autobiography)  I can see why the EU would remind him of the Brezhnevite stagnation.  Here's where I miss Helen [Szamuely]; I'd love to have her take on this.”
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Real Food - once upon a time, and perhaps again … Garet Garrett •••
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“… the land room was one-half square mile for each family in the population, and hardly more than a quarter of it tamed by agricultural man.
"Never before had it happened that a people already conscious and highly evolved began a civilization on land that was both virgin and free.
"Being virgin it contained elemental properties which once exhausted could perhaps never be replaced by chemical ingenuity, and it may be that these properties so long stored in the soil gave the early Americans a kind of food that no large segment of the human race will ever eat again."
Garrett, Garet. The American Story. Henry Regnery Company. iBooks Store: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=500927073
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Combining wealth building with good impact: Cavendish Global •••
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A biotech company we know has had a good experience working with Cavendish.
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Jim Bennett describes Barry Goldwater as a “civic nationalist,” making race irrelevant.
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The discussion occurred at the July 2017 meeting of the British Academy. I commented to Jim: “Your phrase, “civic nationalist” — have not seen it before — it’s important. We welcome immigrants who understand freedom. We are reluctant to accept large numbers who do not. Our reason is simple: we want to remain free.” -ls
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Emergence of freeorder and gradually revealed patterns of investment, arising from the decisions of multiple integrating forges
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Patterns revealed by the investments of integrating forges matter more than a simple sum. Imagine a pointillist painting where each investment is a dot of color. The investments of each forge are as if points, in multi-colors, scattered across a large canvas. Each forge contributes dots only sparsely. However the emergent pattern arising from all the points makes an astonishing picture of a massive emergence of freeorder. Perceptions of this pattern encourage actions aligned with the pattern, and produce affinity with others so aligning.
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The earliest American ban on slavery
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The Northwest Ordinance banned slavery in new states in west of Pennsylvania and north of the Ohio River. The Ordinance was passed by the Continental Congress, meeting in 1787.
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“The Winslow Boy” is recommended by Myron Magnet ••• for the Ten Greatest Movies list, in City Journal •••, in an article, “Let Right Be Done!” •••. He writes that the movie “… grippingly dramatizes a principle at the very heart of Anglo-Saxon liberty—a principle that today’s America badly needs to relearn.” The movie is available for rent on Amazon.
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This is a magnificent movie, in which Magna Carta plays a prominent part. After watching it, I recommend reading The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett, and Inventing Freedom, by Daniel Hannan. -ls
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Social Evolution ••• — this is the sort of startup Explorers Foundation was created to back. Founder, Max Borders, and board member, Michael Strong, have been recipients of EF Cobden-Bright Awards.
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Michael Strong is an education and Startup City entrepreneur, author of The Habit of Thought and lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems. He is co-founder of FLOW, Conscious Capitalism, Radical Social Entrepreneurs, and KoSchool.
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Max Borders is the founder and Executive Director of Social Evolution. Max is also co-founder of the Voice & Exit event ••• and former editor at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Max is a futurist, a theorist, a published author and an entrepreneur.
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Pat Wagner, on problem solving, change, and evolution:
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“Every solution creates a new set of problems. One question to ask when evaluating choices: Which set of problems do you prefer? I tend to like solutions that assume there will be further problems to solve and more easily allow for course correction and innovation (innovate out of the problem). Government solutions tend to assume a fixed universe and one endgame; at best, the speed and ease of feedback and change are crippled by laws and layers of bureaucracy. Which is one reason I tend to prefer the problems created by markets.”
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“Entrepreneurs Have Been Proving Experts Wrong Forever” ••• by Ilya Pestov - July 20, 2017
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“The Neurodiversity Case for Free Speech ••• by Geoffrey Miller, July 18, 2017
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• From eccentricity to neurodiversity
• The neurotypicality assumption behind speech codes
• Why speech codes stigmatize the most creative thinkers
• The varieties of neurodiversity
• How neurodiversity makes it hard to understand speech codes
• How speech codes impose disparate impact on people with neurodiversity
• Conclusion: What to do about neurodiversity and free speech
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“In a future article, I’ll outline a legal strategy to use the ADA to eliminate campus speech codes that discriminate against neurodiversity.” —G. Miller
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“… Neurodiversity is finding its voice and its confidence. People with mental disorders and eccentric personalities have rights too, and we will not be intimidated by your stigma and shaming. We will demand our rights under the ADA through the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and in federal district courts. We will educate administrators about the discriminatory side-effects of their bad policies. We will shatter your Swords of Damocles and raise our freak flags to fly over campuses around the world.” —G. Miller
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Quillete — a platform for free thought ••• — worth repeated visits. -ls
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Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action ••• by Robert P. Murphy modern civilization rests on the market economy.
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“The Marxist Threat, The Fascist Reaction and History Repeating Itself - A Misesian Perspective” ••• by kaeptnkook
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Donald J. Boudreaux
Introduction
Relationship Between Contents of Choice (Robert Murphy) and Human Action (Ludwig von Mises) 
I. Human Action 
1. The Science of Economics and Human Action 
2. The Definition and Components of Action 
3. Economic Theory versus Historical Understanding 
4. Further Economic Concepts and Principles Flowing from Action
II. Action Within the Framework of Society 
5. Human Society and the Division of Labor 
6. The Role of Ideas and the Importance of Reason
III. Economic Calculation 
7. Even the Economists Missed the Importance of Monetary Calculation 
8. What Economic Calculation Can and Can’t Do
IV. Catallactics: Economics of the Market Society 
9. Defining and Studying the Market Economy 
10. How Prices Are Formed on the Market 
11. Indirect Exchange and Money 
12. The Misesian Approach to Money & Banking 
13. Capital, Time Preference, and the Theory of Interest 
14. Austrian Business Cycle Theory
V. Social Cooperation Without a Market 
15. The Impossibility of Economic Calculation Under Socialism
VI. The Hampered Market Economy
16. Government Intervention in the Market Economy
VII. The Place of Economics in Society 
17. Economics and Public Opinion
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
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“Hayek & the intellectuals” ••• by Roger Kimball •••
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Astonishing advances in water purification and desalination are imminent. The economics of water and land will be changed dramatically. Graphene plays no part. DOE and NSF are convinced. Contact us for information.
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“The Future of Healthcare is Already Here” ••• — Direct Primary Care + catastrophic insurance
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Health City Cayman Islands •••
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Both the above thanks to Mark Frazier, Openworld •••
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Atlas MD, Wichita, Kansas •••
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Standard Oil: how it succeeded and became very large — explained by John D. Rockefeller
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Taken from “Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company Proved That We Needed Anti-Trust Laws” ••• by Lawrence W. Reed, President of FEE •••
In the midst of chaos emerged young John D. Rockefeller. An exceptionally hard-working and thrifty man, Rockefeller transformed his early interest in oil into a partnership in the refinery stage of the business in 1865.
Five years later, Rockefeller formed the Standard Oil Company with 4 per cent of the refining market. Less than thirty years later, he reached that all-time high of 90 per cent. What accounts for such stunning success?
On December 30, 1899, Rockefeller was asked that very question before a governmental investigating body called the Industrial Commission. He replied:
'I ascribe the success of the Standard to its consistent policy to make the volume of its business large through the merits and cheapness of its products. It has spared no expense in finding, securing, and utilizing the best and cheapest methods of manufacture. It has sought for the best superintendents and workmen and paid the best wages. It has not hesitated to sacrifice old machinery and old plants for new and better ones. It has placed its manufactories at the points where they could supply markets at the least expense. It has not only sought markets for its principal products, but for all possible by-products, sparing no expense in introducing them to the public. It has not hesitated to invest millions of dollars in methods of cheapening the gathering and distribution of oils by pipe lines, special cars, tank steamers, and tank wagons. It has erected tank stations at every important railroad station to cheapen the storage and delivery of its products. It has spared no expense in forcing its products into the markets of the world among people civilized and uncivilized. It has had faith in American oil, and has brought together millions of money for the purpose of making it what it is, and holding its markets against the competition of Russia and all the many countries which are producers of oil and competitors against American oil.'
February 13, 2015; edited/updated November 26, 2015
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Rocky Mountain Land Library ••• — a vision and project worthy of support. David Kelly writes ••• about the Library in the Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2017.
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A review •••, by Marc Parry, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, of a new biography of Thomas Jefferson. Timely and worth reading.
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A few good quotes
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The gods send thread for the web begun. —Ancient Greece, Andrew Carnegie
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.  —Henry Ford
We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage. —F. A. Hayek
Everything has been thought of before, but the difficulty is to think of it again. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is more to the obvious than is obvious. —Hanmer Parsons Grant
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. —Leonardo Da Vinci
Navigare necesse est, vivere non necesse est. —Plutarch; the compulsion to voyage forth is stronger than life itself.
Criticize by creating. —Michelangelo 
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The Red Cell ••• — “Some of us have been forecasting, thinking about, and planning Brexit for years. Reading the often gloomy and under-briefed newspaper headlines, you might be surprised. We don't promise all the answers. But perhaps we've been asking the questions most relevant for you.” Director of The Red Cell, Dr. Lee Rotherham •••
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British fishing rights after Brexit •••; “Fishing for Freedom: Lessons for Britain from Iceland’s fisheries experience” •••, by Hjötur J. Guðmundson, May 2017
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Freeman Dyson on carbon and soil ••• (12 minutes, YouTube)
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Being Libertarian •••, founded late 2015, a broad spectrum online publisher
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“Being Libertarian was founded in late 2015 as a Facebook page and website to act as a point of convergence for minarchists, classical liberals, anarchists, independents, Objectivists, capitalists, and right/left-leaning libertarians. These two platforms were later complemented by a presence on Twitter and other social media, all operating collectively under the banner of Being Libertarian LLC.
“The goal of BeingLibertarian.com is to provide a neutral-as-can-be platform for individuals who believe in any of the various, broadly-libertarian schools of thought. As such, neither BeingLibertarian.com nor Being Libertarian LLC endorse any specific set of policies, political parties or candidates, or any particular libertarian doctrine – other than a broad commitment to libertarian ideas.”
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Unboxed — a blog added to vEudaimonia
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June 2017
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James O’Keefe and Stefan Molyneux: interview & discussion about fake news, journalistic integrity •••
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Updated Vortex Leopold : soil, water, air, flora, fauna, geneosphere vLeopold
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A subway-style map of Roman Empire roads circa 125 A.D. •••
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The source of the above entry, worth visiting: http://kottke.org/about/
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“Founded in 1998, kottke.org is one of the oldest blogs on the web. It’s written and produced by Jason Kottke and covers the essential people, inventions, performances, and ideas that increase the collective adjacent possible of humanity. Frequent topics of interest among the 26,000+ posts include art, technology, science, visual culture, design, music, cities, food, architecture, sports, endless nonsense, and carefully curated current events, all of it lightly contextualized. Basically, it’s the world’s complete knowledge, relentlessly filtered through my particular worldview, with all the advantages and disadvantages that entails.”
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DaVinci Institute ••• sent this email about a talk on money, blockchain, bitcoin, Ethereum, 20 June:
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Night with a Futurist: The Future of Your Money
Exchanging value is as old as human history. Yet innovative new currencies such as Bitcoin, and Ethereum are creating new ways to perform this age-old task. Influential voices are calling for an end to paper money and a guaranteed minimum income. No one knows who created it or why blockchain could have as big an impact on the Financial Services Industry, as the self-driving car will have on the Auto Industry.  What is the future of currency, and what will your money look like in the future?
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Jim Bennett will speak on the Anglosphere “Fact” at the British Academy in London, Thursday, June 15. The talk will offer an overview of the evolution of the Anglosphere concept and the uses to which it has been put over the last hundred and fifty years. vAnglosphere
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Ed Warner’s report on the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/05/should-we-be-optimistic-about-the-future-of-the-earth/
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Ed’s conclusion: “After my talk, I was bombarded by Summit participants who wanted to tell me their own tales of successful collaborative conservation. Here I was, at a meeting where about 1,500 participants were talking a language that included the concepts of working together, of developing and passing on successes that could be used by other groups. Talk after talk was about positive approaches to problems that the public, informed by a national media (whose business model is ‘disasters sell advertising’), thought were impossible to solve.
“So here’s what I learned at the Smithsonian Summit: we are not going extinct. We have the capacity to solve, through changes in behavior and technology, the current negative impacts humanity is having on the Earth. Each of us needs to do our part. Get out there and volunteer. Support conservation locally while you think globally. Invest in new technologies. Have heart, but at the same time, use your brains.”
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Colorado Committee of Three Million (contra sale of public lands)
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Colorado Headwaters is a C3 and just got letter for IRS to move forward. We will start in South Park. [from Jerry Mallett] http://cc3mil.com
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Behavioral ‘Nudges’ Offer a Cost-Effective Policy Tool ••• - News - Harvard Business School
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“Nudges – which are now being tested and implemented by government agencies in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States – diverge from traditional policy tools in that they encourage certain behaviors without restricting an individual’s options or exacting financial penalties.” [in an article sent by Stephanie West Allen]
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American Colonies: The Communication of Ideas: Postal Service and the Freedom of the Press
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Conceived in Liberty, by Murray N. Rothbard, Vol. II, Ch. 27, audio ••• Mises Institute •••
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Added to vSheridan (freedom of expression)
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Mushrooms
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Nammex ••• nutritional products, organic mushrooms and extracts - thanks to Brian Keating •••
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Sage Group®, is a consultancy and think-tank focused upon the specialty tea and natural products industries. Brian Keating and his global network of experts, also publish various business-to-business reports for the world-wide specialty tea and natural products industries, including the Specialty Tea Is "Hot" Report®.
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Sage Group® Project examples •••
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Paul Stamets ••• & Fungi Perfecti •••
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The Hidden Life of Trees •••, by Peter Wohlleben
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George Ayittey, “The Non-Sustainability of Rwanda’s Economic Miracle” •••
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Abstract: “Emerging out of the horrific spasm of genocide that claimed more than 800,000 of the minority Tutsi ethnic group in 1994, Rwanda has chalked up some spectacular economic performance. Its rate of economic growth has averaged 8% since 2001 and it is among the fastest growing economies in East Africa. Poverty rates have been halved and Rwanda is one of the very few African countries that was able to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also has the highest representation of women in Parliament.
“This paper, however, argues that impressive though Rwanda’s economic performance might be, it is not sustainable. First, it is heavily dependent upon foreign aid, making it vulnerable to fluctuations in aid. Second, the Asian Tiger economic model Rwanda copied from Singapore-development under authoritarianism—has failed miserably in postcolonial Africa. No dictator—civilian, military nor rebel—has brought lasting prosperity to any African country. Third, the other types of reform Rwanda needs to sustain its economic achievement—intellectual, political, constitutional and institutional reforms—are petulantly missing. How these reforms are sequenced is also critically important. Focusing only on economic liberalization to the detriment of the other reforms amounts to putting the cart before the horse. Finally and most disconcerting of all, in his understandable zeal to prevent another genocide, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is unwittingly re-creating the very conditions that led to the 1994 genocide—a supreme irony.” -Journal of Management and Sustainability
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From Stephanie West Allen - writing well; good contracts
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Writing well - how to understand and use reader expectations:
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Making reader expectations available to writers: Stephanie West Allen •••, interviewing ••• (audio, 49 minutes) Dr. George Gopen, focuses the discussion with this quotation from Dr. Gopen: “All I do for my living these days is to make expectations that are instinctive, subconscious, to readers available to writers.”
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Conscious Contracts - a new framework for handling disputes:
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Conscious Contracts ••• - “… take an entirely new approach to negotiating and drafting contracts, allowing creative and socially conscious entrepreneurs and enterprises to express their shared vision, mission and values. This method provides the parties a completely new framework for handling disputes, one that allows them to remain in the driver's seat in times of crisis, dealing effectively with disputes and disruption while staying aligned with their core principles.”
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Denver, CO USA
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Jim Bennett writes, “I will be in the UK between June 14th and 20th, speaking at a British Academy event on the Anglosphere on the 15th. I am open to putting together an informal meet-up somewhere in central London over the following weekend (17th-18th).”
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‘Political “Left” and “Right” Properly Defined’ •••, June 26, 2012, by Craig Biddle •••, in “The Objective Standard” ••• (subscription required to read complete current articles, but not needed for those linked here). The accompanying chart proposes a new and corrected political spectrum:
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Craig Biddle’s critique of the Nolan Chart •••
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Getting the right people on a venture bus, the wrong people off, and everyone in the right seat. A brilliant analogy by Jim Collins, presented in his article •••, “First Who - Get the Right People on the Bus,” taken from his book, Good to Great •••. A tool for managing the bus: Emergenetics •••
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Dr. Geil Browning •••, Founder & CEO
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Top climate scientists vs. Christopher Monckton (coral reefs):
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“Climate scientists eviscerate Lord Monckton’s attempt to disinform the U.S. Congress: Here, a number of top climate scientists have thoroughly refuted all of Mr. Monckton’s major assertions, clearly demonstrating a number of obvious and elementary errors.” •••
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One of Monckton’s errors is described this way: “Ancient corals and other life forms were able to adapt to high carbon dioxide concentrations because they have had millions of years to react to slower, natural climate change. Monckton ignores the vast difference in the rate of these changes compared to the present rate; he incorrectly argues that the present rapid increase in carbon dioxide is harmless.”
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Now start at page 92 of “Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future” ••• and read a few pages:
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Interesting: ‘Baker suggested that these findings “support the view that coral bleaching can promote rapid response to environmental change by facilitating compensatory change in algal symbiont communities. Without bleaching, as he continued, “suboptimal host-symbiont combinations persist, leading eventually to significant host mortality.” Consequently, Baker proposed that coral bleaching may “ultimately help reef corals to survive.” And it may also explain why reefs, though depicted by climate alarmists as environmentally fragile, have survived the large environmental changes experienced throughout geologic time.’ -pg. 96
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If it doesn’t take millions of years for coral to respond to environmental change then the criticism of Monckton by the climate scientists, cited above, might be reexamined. -ls
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A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal:
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The paper ••• ; The hoax ••• -thanks to Socrates Garden for finding this.
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It is probably true that the Abstract contains the essence of the paper and that you will feel no need to read further:
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SOCIOLOGY | RESEARCH ARTICLE
The conceptual penis as a social construct Jamie Lindsay1* and Peter Boyle1
Abstract: Anatomical penises may exist, but as pre-operative transgendered women also have anatomical penises, the penis vis-à-vis maleness is an incoherent con- struct. We argue that the conceptual penis is better understood not as an anatomical organ but as a social construct isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity. Through detailed poststructuralist discursive criticism and the example of climate change, this paper will challenge the prevailing and damaging social trope that penises are best understood as the male sexual organ and reassign it a more fitting role as a type of masculine performance.
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CoinDesk ••• is proud to present our 3rd annual blockchain technology summit •••, May 22-24, 2017 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Consensus 2017 will feature 100+ speakers and 2,000+ attendees from the leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy.
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Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World ••• , by Don & Alex Tapscott, 2016). Don Tapscott, TED •••
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The Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit ••• , April 21-23, 2017, was attended by Ed Warner •••, author of Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist •••, who wrote this report ••• on the Summit for Mongabay •••
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Pasted_Graphic_8— A good book! -ls (the author is Chairman of Explorers Foundation)
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Interview ••• with Ed Warner, including this: Conservation without sustainable livelihoods for the people living with iconic wild creatures will not succeed. A rhino must be seen as more valuable alive than dead.
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Conrad Black, an aside on drugs, within an article ••• about Maxim Bernier and Canadian politics: “(I am for legalizing all drugs, with compulsory treatment of hard drug addicts, because the war on drugs has been a crushing defeat for society, and government — rather than the criminal community — should have the revenue from it.)”
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Lord Christopher Monckton on the EU and why the U.K. needed to leave, from his article •••, “Thank You, America!” June 24, 2016 (the day after Brexit).
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‘For my final broadcast to the nation on the eve of Britain’s Independence Day, the BBC asked me to imagine myself as one of the courtiers to whom Her Majesty had recently asked the question, “In one minute, give three reasons for your opinion on whether my United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union.”
‘My three reasons for departure, in strict order of precedence, were Democracy, Democracy, and Democracy. For the so-called “European Parliament” is no Parliament. It is a mere duma. It lacks even the power to bring forward a bill, and the 28 faceless, unelected, omnipotent Kommissars – the official German name for the shadowy Commissioners who exercise the supreme lawmaking power that was once vested in our elected Parliament – have the power, under the Treaty of Maastricht, to meet behind closed doors to override in secret any decision of that “Parliament” at will, and even to issue “Commission Regulations” that bypass it altogether.’
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The encyclical “Mit brennender Sorge” (With Burning Anxiety), Pope Pius XI, March 14, 1937, was one of the first statements in opposition to Nazi Germany. It was referenced by Christopher Monckton in a recorded interview about Brexit. The encyclical was originally in German (English •••)
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“21. In your country, Venerable Brethren, voices are swelling into a chorus urging people to leave the Church, and among the leaders there is more than one whose official position is intended to create the impression that this infidelity to Christ the King constitutes a signal and meritorious act of loyalty to the modern State. Secret and open measures of intimidation, the threat of economic and civic disabilities, bear on the loyalty of certain classes of Catholic functionaries, a pressure which violates every human right and dignity. Our wholehearted paternal sympathy goes out to those who must pay so dearly for their loyalty to Christ and the Church; but directly the highest interests are at stake, with the alternative of spiritual loss, there is but one alternative left, that of heroism.”
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Taliesin Nexus •••: “The mission of Taliesin Nexus is to identify, develop, and promote talented young filmmakers who share a belief in the importance of free markets, individual liberty, and the values of the American founding.”
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Spotlight on Messaging and Storytelling During Lights, Camera, Liberty! 2017 - a story ••• about Taliesin Nexus, on Atlas Network
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Greece: Economics In One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt, Greek translation, 1,500 copies, sells out in two months.
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“Economics in One Lesson, first published in 1946, explains the principles of economics in easily understandable layman’s terms. The Greek economy, which has been in crisis for years, needs author Henry Hazlitt’s work more than ever, so the Athens-based Atlas Network partner Liberty Forum of Greece (KEFiM) has created a Greek translation of Economics in One Lesson and published 1,500 copies with Papadopoulos Publishing. Within two months, they had sold out every copy.” ••• at Atlas Network •••
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UK/EU Negotiations after Brexit - Dan Hannan on the good prospects for new agreement ••• (video) vAnglosphere
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April 2017
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Explorers Foundation is the name of a freeorder generator, a forge (acronym), based in Denver, Colorado.
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Articles ••• by Daniel Hannan ••• published by Conservative Home, London.
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The Liberty Summit •••, Tirana, Albania, April 7-9, 2017
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An important conference because of the quality, intent, speakers •••, partners •••
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“Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Today: A daughter of the resistance notes the true inspiration of the survivors: their refusal to disconnect from the past” ••• (Tablet Magazine •••)
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“Rupert Brooke, My Favorite Anti-Semite” •••, by Alexander Aciman (Tablet Magazine •••)
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Oath Keepers •••, retired and active police and military, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the USA have been appearing at public speeches with the mission to protect free speech. They seem to be saying, “This is America. Come and speak. We will protect you if necessary.” They respect, and defer to, regular police and retained security. vGuardian
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The Hopkin Thomas Project ••• on the history of steam engines. These records were (perhaps still are, but I can’t find them) on the University of Rochester’s website.
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The Hopkin Thomas Project has been on-going since 1995. It is a historical research project concerning the activities of a Welsh engineer who emigrated to America in 1834 bringing with him technical knowledge which was instrumental in the development of anthracite-fueled steam locomotives used by the Beaver Meadow and other railroads in the eastern Pennsylvania coal fields. He witnessed the utilization of his expertise related to the iron and coal industries at the Crane Iron Co., Catasauqua, Pa. in the 1850-1870 time period; he trained a cadre of followers who went on to succeed as leaders in the iron and steel industries in the late nineteenth century. He is the patriarch of seven generations of engineers and industrialists who can trace their roots to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.”
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"Serenity" ••• an essay by Charles Morgan, in Morgan’s The Writer and his World: Lectures and Essays (London: Macmillan, 1960)
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Charles Morgan, at the end of his essay, “Serenity” : “Now let us consider other great words that are sick. ‘Order’, for example. Why has it become dissociated from ‘Liberty’? Or ‘Beauty’. By the conspiracy of what guttersnipes has it been drawn into contempt?”
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“Serenity” ••• (on a website devoted to Morgan and his writings). The essay is included in The Writer and his World: Lectures and Essays (London: Macmillan, 1960).
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Morgan’s words support the existence of the word, freeorder, made so that order and freedom are so welded together than no force may ever again separate them. It seems that Hayek may have invited Morgan to the founding meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, 1947.
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Paul Signorelli ••• comments, “That is fabulous. … opening another door to a writer whose artistry through the use of language and deeply reflective thinking puts the rest of us to shame...if we don't set our sights on the same celestial realms to which he offers to take us. … shared the link via Twitter and Facebook. Let's see what we can help inspire.”
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Responsibility Reborn, A Citizen’s Guide to the Next Century •••, by John Andrews, 2011. Review ••• by Dick Morris.
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Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now ••• (HarperCollinsPublishers), by Ayaan Hirsi Ali ••• (George Will, 2006) vIjtihad
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“AHA Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded by women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The AHA Foundation is the leading organization working to end honor violence that shames, hurts or kills thousands of women and girls in the US each year, and puts millions more at risk. The organization also works to elevate the status of women and girls globally, so they can create peace and prosperity for themselves, their communities and the world.” •••
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“… she has found an intellectual home here at the American Enterprise Institute, where she is writing a book that imagines Muhammad meeting, in the New York Public Library, three thinkers -- John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Hayek and Karl Popper…”
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Islam and the Discovery of Freedom •••, by Rose Wilder Lane, with an introduction and commentary by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D., Minaret of Freedom Institute •••
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“…the Minaret of Freedom’s internationally known scholar on Islam and politics provides scriptural and historical documentation to a leading American libertarian writer’s brilliant insight into the role of the classical Islamic civilization in establishing liberty and human rights. This highly readable book is a "must-have" for anyone interested in what Islam teaches about political, social and economic order. Non-Muslims will be astonished at the contrast between the classical Islamic society and the image of the Muslim world today. Muslim parents will especially want their high school and college-aged children to read about their heritage and its implications for the modern world. This book squarely confronts the question of what made the classical Islamic society so dynamic and productive and the role it played in the rise of modern values in the West.” vIjtihad
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A great performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto 🎼, du Pré, Barenboim, Chicago - on YouTube. Ads may appear at the start and between movements. Be ready to turn sound off.
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Rose Wilder Lane ••• wrote the first biography ••• (Gutenberg) of Henry Ford, published in 1917. Available on iTunes in audio form. An article ••• in the New Yorker about RWL says of this work, “Henry Ford repudiated a portrait of himself that he couldn’t recognize.” My guess is that some of Ford’s compatriots would have had less trouble with it. Garet Garrett’s biography of Ford, The Wild Wheel ••• (Mises Institute provides a pdf without charge), is superb.
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Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Patterson, Ayn Rand, “Three Women Who Launched a Movement” — a series of articles ••• on these writers and their work.
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A short note, “Ghiberti's Bronze Doors, a Work of Forty-Eight Years,” by Michael Strong •••, is published as g517. Ghiberti seems to have lived a life comparable to Ford’s in it’s concentration on a single idea.
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Blockchain Revolution, by Don and Alex Tapscott
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Mosab Hassan Yousef’s talk ••• given at a YPO/WPO ••• event @ the Museum of Tolerance ••• Los Angeles, on March 15, 2012 during a debate on religious extremism. This is an important and profound talk, relying on Plato’s allegory of the cave ••• where shadows are mistaken for reality.
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Pasted_Graphic_7 ••• — the introduction ends at 2:50
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Integrating forges, like EF, make connections regarded as essential to the emergence of freeorder. Example: Connect Mosab Hassan Yousef with Rafe Champion’s website •••, hosting excellent articles on the philosophy of Karl Popper and William Warren Bartley III. If you have done this already, please let us know, otherwise we’ll see if we can get it done. -ls
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Paul Stamets, Mycologist: g199
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Mycorestoration of Abandoned Logging Roads •••
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Windward Foundation •••, restorers and conservators of marginal lands.
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March 2017
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Hillsdale College offers a new online course: “American Heritage”, ten lectures, no charge.
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China lectures ••• Pasted_Graphic_5by Alan Macfarlane •••: Seventeen lectures given in March-April 2011 at the Tsinghua Academy of Chinese Learning, University of Tsinghua, Beijing, China, given by Professor Alan Macfarlane and funded by the Kaifeng Foundation •••. A book of these lectures, in Chinese translation, was a top seller in China. A book ••• of the lectures is available in English. 3/27/17 —related: vAnglosphere
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Biographical note, from an Amazon page on Individualism, Capitalism and the Modern World: Essays, Talks and Lectures:
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I was born and have lived between worlds. My infancy was in Assam on the borders of India and Burma. When I returned to England at the age of five, and subsequently attended ten years of English single sex boarding schools, I learnt how to be 'modern' and British. I learnt to be an individual, self-reliant and separated from my family and to transact in the capitalist and industrial world around me. The shock of contrast between my roots and my experience was kept alive by frequent periods of anthropological fieldwork in Asia. I spent fifteen months on doctoral research in 1968-70 and then more than two years on sixteen subsequent visits to a remote hill village in the Annapurna mountains of central Nepal. I also visited many parts of Japan and China on fifteen expeditions from 1990 onwards. My central question has long concerned the conditions and consequences of the emergence of the unusual, unexpected and strange bundle of features which we term 'modernity', including individualism, capitalism and industrialism. I explored this first in The Origins of English Individualism (1978). I rejected much of what I had accepted in my earlier education, including the model partially derived from Marx, Weber and Durkheim. From then onwards I have explored what has happened and its consequences through a series of books, including 'The Culture of Capitalism' (1987), 'The Savage Wars of Peace' (1997), 'The Riddle of the Modern World' (2000) and 'The Making of the Modern World' (2002). A synthesis of my views on how we arrived where we are now is in my book 'The Invention of the Modern World', the Wang Gouwei lectures at Tsinghua University, published in Chinese and English in 2013. While working on these books and exploring different cultures, I wrote a number of shorter lectures, talks and essays on various aspects of the great transition to modernity. These are often rough and informal, showing in an unpolished way how my thought was developing. I have decided to collect them together in a single volume, though they are also available on my website: www.alanmacfarlane.com
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Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom. —Video ••• of the lecture, 2011 (thanks, Matt Taylor)
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Another lecture by Dr. Drexler ••• this one from 2014.
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Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute •••, Futurist Speaker: “Twelve Critical Skills for the Future” •••
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http://www.futuristspeaker.com/business-trends/twelve-critical-skills-for-the-future/#comment-62213 — a remarkable collection of insights into a brief article. From Skye Griffith, who wrote, “a wonderfully thought-provoking article” Thanks, Skye.
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Camille Puglia: "The rapid, uncontrolled spread of overpaid administrators on college campuses over the past 30 years has marginalized the faculty, downgraded education, and converted students into marketing tools. Administrators are locked in a mercenary commercial relationship with tuition-paying parents and in a coercive symbiosis with intrusive regulators of the federal government. Young people have been far too passive about the degree to which their lives are being controlled by commissars of social engineering who pay lip service to liberalism but who are at root Stalinist autocrats who despise and suppress individualism. There is no excuse whatever for the grotesque rise in tuition costs, which has bankrupted families and imposed crippling debt on students trying to start their lives. When will young people wake up to the connection between rampant student debt and the administrator-sanctioned suppression of free speech on campus? Follow the money—the yellow brick road leads to the new administrator master class." —from “Camille Paglia Discusses Her War on 'Elitist Garbage' and Contemporary Feminism” ••• an interview by Mitchell Sunderland, March 14, 2017
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Mike Lotus, co-author of America 3.0, recommends reading Joel Kotkin ••• “[The] kinds of places that are getting it right . . . we might call Joel Kotkin cities, after the writer who champions them. These are opportunity cities . . . [that] are less regulated, so it’s easier to start a business. They are sprawling with easy, hodgepodge housing construction, so the cost of living is low. . . . We should be having a debate between the Kotkin model and the [Richard] Florida model, between two successful ways to create posterity.” —David Brooks, New York Times”
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“The Most Disruptive Transformation in History: How the clustering of knowledge lays bare the need to devolve power from the nation-state to the city” ••• by Richard Florida ••• (CreativeClass)
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Citing Richard Florida, Charles Hugh Smith, writes “Are Cities the Incubators of Decentralized Solutions?” ••• — a rich cluster of important freeorder related ideas. Jane Jacob’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1969, noticed some of the same ideas as are found in recent work on cities.
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And, while thinking of cities, consider this: Windward •••, “a cooperative community of over thirty years in the making dedicated to preserving and developing village scale technologies”
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“Windward is a cooperative community of over thirty years in the making dedicated to preserving and developing village scale technologies needed to support a thriving sustainable community on marginal land.
“We provide opportunities for deep learning through hands on, practical experience with the tools needed to build a life in balance with the natural world.
“We come together with the belief that now is the time for radical change, and that nothing is more convincing than a working model of a better way.
“With nature as our guide, we use our love, sweat and blood to build a life worth inheriting.”
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The non-legislative origins and history of Roman Law, insights of Bruno Leoni g570
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Bill Casey & Wendi Peck’s firm, Executive Leadership Group •••, makes use of a concept of Elliott Jacques ••• that provides an essential component in freeorder thinking: requisite hierarchy or requisite organization. Executive Smarts: 25 Quick Reads on Managing for Results •••, by Casey & Peck.
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The Lusosphere •••: An emerging global community. Exploring the co-evolution of Portuguese-speaking cultures in the Internet era. Another exemplification of Bennett’s “network commonwealth” concept; another member of a Bennett’s “concert of civilizations” vAnglosphere
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ConsenSys : blockchain & Ethereum … BHP Billeton’s use ••• of blockchain in supply-chain management . Enterprise Ethereum Alliance •••
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Gaffar Hussain’s ••• review ••• of Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love. vIjtihad
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Leon Weinstein video ••• on the development of totalitarian tendencies in the USA. Heartfelt and deeply rational simultaneously, an unusual combination. Weinstein, originally from Russia, then an Israeli, and now an Americian living in Los Angeles is a voice that should be heard.
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Ricardo Valenzuela has sent an article pertinent to vBlackstone. We are investigating the significance of the English common law Trust. A question has arisen regarding possible influence of the Islamic waqf, a form of nonprofit organization.
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February 2017
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Vaccines - event poses a question for science (Sharyl Attkisson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Robert De Niro)
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Dr. Joe Mercola summarized his article on the event as follows
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On February 15, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a press conference on vaccine safety. He challenged journalists, offering $100,000 to anyone who can find a published study proving mercury levels in vaccines are harmless for infants and developing fetuses at the levels given.
While the mercury preservative, thimerosal, may be a concern, it’s not the only one.There are many other potentially severe side effects of vaccination, including brain inflammation, immune system dysfunction and allergies.
Other potential mechanisms of vaccine-induced harm include giving children 50 doses of 14 vaccines before age six; aluminum adjuvants and other toxic ingredients, the hazards of immune system overstimulation and more.
A Revolution for Truth rally will be held on Friday, Mar 31, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to call for truth, integrity and transparency in government and the media.
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At the beginning of the event ••• on which Joe Mercola reports (“Kennedy Challenges Journalists to Balanced Discussion About Vaccine Safety”) Sheryl Attkisson (vSheridan) interviews Dr. Bernadine Healy, MD, former Director of NIH, CEO of American Red Cross, Health Editor, U.S. News & World Report. The interview is posted the start of Mercola’s report on the meeting to propose study of vaccines to determine the cases in which they may do more damage than good.
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The Anglosphere Network Commonwealth, currently manifesting in part as the CANZUK Union aspiration, may foster a new city on the northwest coast of Australia, New Victoria. This story of a Chinese woman named Kwan, born in Hong Kong, and in 2036 resident in New Victoria, is taken from Jim Bennett’s A Time for Audacity, and has been published by Explorers Foundation (with permission) here: http://explorersfoundation.org/archive/bennettjc-tfa-kwan.pdf 2/27/17
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A Time for Audacity: How Brexit Has Created the CANZUK Option, by James C. Bennett, has at last been published, without technical problems, as a Kindle book, on Amazon. The book is in three parts: A post-Brexit introductory essay; a FAQ ••• (questions only, answers in the book) providing a reference design for a new form of union among Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.; and a collection of stories about the lives and choices of people living in the Union in the year 2036. More about the book ••• (including the introductory essay to the pre-Brexit edition, and all the questions answered in the FAQ). The Amazon page •••. 2/26/17
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Bennett’s use of the word Anglosphere
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“The Anglosphere is more than the sum of all persons who have learned the English language. To be part of the Anglosphere implies the sharing of fundamental customs and values at the core of English-speaking cultures: individualism; rule of law; honoring of covenants; in general, the high-trust characteristics described by Francis Fukuyama in Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity; and the emphasis on freedom as a political and cultural value. The Anglosphere shares a narrative in which the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, trial by jury, “innocent until proven guilty,” “a man’s home is his castle,” and “a man’s word is his bond” are common themes. Two persons communicating in English but sharing the narrative and assumptions of a different civilization are not necessarily a part of the Anglosphere, unless their values have also been affected by the core values of English-speaking civilization.” — The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century, James C. Bennett, pp. 79-80
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CANZUK Uniting •••: contributors: James C. Bennett, Conrad Black, Jeremy Black, Michael R.J. Bonner, Brent H. Cameron, John Kenner, Roger Kimball, Andrew Lilico, Michael J. Lotus, Iain Murray, John O’Sullivan, Michael F. Reber, Andrew Roberts, James Skinner. Biographies of all participants are provided on the site, and they are all impressive.
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Anglosphere — a growing collection of ideas, links, and notes on investments by Explorers Foundation having to do with a gradually emerging pattern of relationships called by Bennett, in his Anglosphere Challenge, a “network commonwealth”.
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“The Story of the Office For Open Network” ••• by Leif Smith and Pat Wagner
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“The Origami Revolution” ••• “Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions.” — this program was partially funded by David Koch, one of the principals of Koch Industries.
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Good Profit •••, by Charles G. Koch
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Koch Industries was built (finally, after years of experimentation and much failure) on a model sharing characteristics with origami. This comment of mine, posted elsewhere, might be applied to Koch Industries: “The emergence of freeorder is like the unfolding of a huge origami. Forges (freeorder generators) like the Office for Open Network ••• and Explorers Foundation are among the folders.”
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Jim Bennett recommends “How Europe became rich” ••• by Joel Mokyr.
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“In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?”
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“All the Queen’s Ships” ••• by James C. Bennett — award winning essay for
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the U.S. Naval Institute •••, published in their “Proceedings” ••• this January.
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“Politics is destroying your soul” ••• by Aaron Ross Powell — about what must be fixed in our approach to social change. “Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.”
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“The End of Politics” ••• by Max Borders, who writes: “As We Exit Politics, Our Values Will Change for the Better” ••• — Max is one of the founders of a noteworthy event held in Austin, Texas, Voice & Exit •••
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Interview with Ricardo Valenzuela, inspiration for and co-evolver of vortex Zorro, devoted to the entrepreneurial spirits of Northern Mexico.
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The story of Dagny Taggart, told in an evolving cartoon drawing •••
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Excellent review ••• by James McCormick of Bennett’s Anglosphere Challenge.
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“The principles of liberty are not culturally bound.” —Tom Palmer, in “Freedom Is the Birthright of All Humanity” ••• January 5, 2017. Remarkable essay. To see what I mean, start reading with the footnotes, which for me were so engaging and revelatory that a study of the entire essay seemed essential. Palmer is one of the great teachers of freeorder, and he has personally touched almost every country in the world. -ls 2/12/17 07:17
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Karl Popper’s work - an excellent collection of articles on Rafe Champion’s site ••• 2/12/17
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See also Philosophy and the Real World ••• by Brian Magee, on Karl Popper, published by Open Court. Popper
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The Road from Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective, by Philip Mierkowski 2/11/17
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https://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/freedom-is-birthright-all-humanity — important article by Tom Palmer ••• (one of the great teachers of freeorder, world-wide) 2/12/17
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Zorro, added 2/11/17: The work of Jeffrey Max Jones in Mexico.
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B. F. Johnson’s “Freedom Glow” ••• has written about the article on Brazil, mentioned here in January.
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559: Freedom Glow: a venture traced in patterns of light - sparks from this forge will travel
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“Brazil: menos Marx, mais Mises” ••• - an excellent article on the growing influence of the work of Ludwig von Mises in Brazil. It has been said that breakdown is breakthrough. In Brazil we may have an example
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••• Utah Bill Sets Stage For State Gold Depository, Further Encourages Use Of Metals As Money: A bill introduced in the Utah legislature would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. —Submitted to ZeroHedge by Mike Maharrey via The Tenth Amendment Center. Mulligan
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Simone de Beauvoir, on happiness: Eudaemonia
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Article by Thomas Sowell.: DeVos ••• would be good for education because she wants parents & children to have freedom to choose.
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The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has been and remains one of the great foundation stones for the emergence of freeorder, now accelerating all over the world. This video ••• tells the story. Archer
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The last coins issued by Emperor Charlemagne (9th c.) bore Arabic inscriptions that glorified Allah. Mulligan
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A Dynamic Map of World Trade and Shipping •••, showing movement of every commercial cargo ship for a year. Like the first photo of the earth from space, this is consciousness altering.
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January 2017
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“Brazil: menos Marx, mais Mises” ••• - an excellent article on the growing influence of the work of Ludwig von Mises in Brazil. It has been said that breakdown is breakthrough. In Brazil we may have an example
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The economics of Ludwig von Mises describes what happens when the results of all labor remain in the control of the producer until that person destroys them, exchanges them, or gives them away. It's the economics of total non-exploitation of any person by any other person. Marx could not get it right because he used only a labor theory of value and did not understand time preference. See http://mises.org
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freeorder is a simple word for an extremely complex emergence, useful precisely because the emergence is so complex, comprising usually invisible interactions between things that seem today to have nothing in common, but that in the future will be understood to have shared common elements of great potency. freeorder
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Brexit, Anglosphere, CANZUK Union - Dick Morris, a short video ••• summing it up.
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This pattern of ideas was found in The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett, 2004: Anglosphere
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Emmanuel Todd, family types - two articles by Brian Micklethwait on Emmanuel Todd added to Anglosphere
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Steve Alexander sent an article by Newt Gingrich, “Trumpism explained.” It has been added to Guardian.
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Meeting with Ed Warner, Sand Country Foundation •••, about collaborative conservation.
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Discussions about ConsenSys.net and Elliott Jaques “requisite hierarchy.”
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Updated glyph 400 ••• on vortices & freeorder.
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“2017: When Ethereum Will Go From IT to Enterprise” ••• by Jeremy Millar, published by CoinDesk •••, Jan 9, 2017. “Ethereum is, arguably, the most commonly used blockchain technology for enterprise development today.”
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Interesting article ••• by Paul Deiessen and Roger Bezdek: Land subsidence caused by aquifer depletion responsible for much flooding, not a rise in sea levels.
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Reading full presentation of Mark Frazier’s “Leading with a Gift” concept. Mark just back from Antigua forum. This will be added to Openworld 1/23/17
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One of the world’s most important meetings, held annually by Universidad Francisco Marroquin •••, is now underway: The Antigua Forum •••, January 19-22.
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“The Antigua Forum gathers political leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts from around the world to work on projects that find real solutions to real problems. At each event, 50 participants from up to two dozen countries work in small groups, guided by trained facilitators, to help project owners come up with concrete action plans. There are no lectures, just productive encounters.”
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Harold Jarche’s diagram ••• of the “network learning model,” in one instance, brilliantly applies the general principles summed by the word freeorder.
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Mike Lotus ••• found this: The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian •••, by Nirad C. Chadhurui •••
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Introduction ••• by Ian Jack. Mike says this book has a lot to offer for anyone interested in the Anglosphere.
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“How to be an Ethical, Competent, and Credible Journalist” ••• —short article by Pat Wagner
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A friend has pointed out to me the problem of immunity from suit granted to government officials. This is something that candidates of parties of no party could offer to do something about. More on this later. -ls
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Blockchain (perhaps Ethereum) based registries and the future of governance.
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See also, below, Gifts on a Beach, by Mark Frazier.
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The Institute for Justice (IJ) ••• has made teaching African hair braiding legal in Dallas, Texas.
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A search on “African hair braiding” on IJ’s site produces many fascinating stories.
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An article on the capture of the FDA by the companies it is supposed to regulate, by Jonathan Emord, the attorney responsible for the fact that we can be told, on labels, that folic acid may help prevent birth defects.
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http://www.emord.com/how-the-fda-went-bad.pdf -2009, and as pertinent today as then
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December 2016
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Introduction ••• (1-hour video) to restorative justice - in Longmont, Colorado a cemetery was vandalized and restorative justice made things right again. This video tells the story. Thanks, Steve Elliot.
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market-based health care, a section on political/economic considerations was added to vortex Methuselah (links are active there, but not here) 12/31/16
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Political/Economic Issues
“The central core of collectivist ideology is best stated by Eric Voeglin in his scholarly book, From Enlightenment to Revolution, when he states:
“In its outline we see the idea of mankind dominated by a chosen people which embodies the progressive essence of humanity. In historical actuality that would mean a totalitarian organization of mankind in which the dominating power would beat down in the name of mankind and freedom everybody who does not conform to the standards.’
“National Health Insurance: A Socialist Nightmare” ••• by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., 2009
Assisted suicide: Once the government gets out of health care this issue goes away. It’s now a matter for discussion and decision among individuals, their family and friends, medical and religious people, and other trusted advisors. Laws against murder will remain applicable. Things become simpler when we don’t all have to agree on how those who disagree will be forced to behave as if they agree.
An excellent talk ••• (YouTube) by Dr. Jill Vecchio on freedom vs. political control of health issues, probably given in 2016 at Colorado Christian University •••. Dr. Vecchio was the author of a webpage published in opposition to a proposal to create ColoradoCare, a sovereign bureaucracy with the power to tax and make all health decisions for all Colorado residents. By freeorder standards, this is one of the most destructive laws ever proposed. It was defeated (in referendum) but we can be sure it will be back, and that similar proposals will be made in other states.
More on the work of Dr. Vecchio is likely to appear in vortex Cato.
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“Islam and Hayek” •••, by Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom •••. Thanks, Gayle Pergamit. This was added to vortex Ijtihad
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Started using Scoop.it again: http://www.scoop.it/t/freeorder -12/25/16
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India — a magnificent report •••, from Atlas Network, on work being done in India to move it toward freeorder.
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India, the world’s largest democracy, has been in a continual process of incremental reform for the past 25 years — but small changes can have an exponential impact. Ending minimum capital requirements unleashes entrepreneurship, reclassifying bamboo as a grass opens new commodity markets, creating the i-torney mobile app brings information about legal rights to people with the click of a button, new protections for property rights uplift India’s rural populations, and liquor liberalization helps put an end to dangerous black markets. Each marginal step taken by Atlas Network partners throughout India is leading to the transformation of an entire nation.” —conclusion of the Atlas Network article linked above:
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Roland Hayes •••, musician, 1887-1977
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A noteworthy predecessor: “In 1893, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones met composer Antonin Dvorak, and in January 1894 she performed parts of his Symphony No. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Dvořák wrote a solo part for Jones.” -the Wikipedia article cites “Alexander, George (Summer 2007). "The Soprano". American Legacy”
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Conrad Black, on the kind of change represented by the election of Donald Trump: “Lights Out for the Old Order” •••, December 14, 2016.
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A brilliant article about the limits of human knowledge as they apply to the debate about climate change and mankind’s responsibility for it: “The Limits of Knowledge and the Climate Change Debate •••”, by Brian J. L. Berry, Jayshree Bihari, and Euel Elliott, Cato Journal, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Fall 2016).
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An exploration into the sociology and philosophy of science, utilizing the work of Khun, Hayek, and Popper.
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More on this will be added to vortex Leopold. There is active discussion of the nature of this debate.
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This article has interesting parallels to “The Oiling of America” •••, by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, who explain the relationship between theory and political/financial advantage that can make an error the basis for massive popular movement. In the case they discuss almost the entire population of the USA was convinced to consume a kind of oil that probably had serious adverse effect on the health of their cardio-vascular systems. This was done with the enthusiastic backing of Federal and State governments.
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Dr. Mercola writes on Gary Taubes new book, The Case Against Sugar. It worthwhile to read this together with the article by Enig and Fallon (above), and to not the role played by Ancel Keys in both the oil- and sugar-related deceptions.
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Daniel Hannan, a great talk, lucid, substantive, inspiring, actionable: https://youtu.be/z3P8AryfHZg
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Brexit, the movie https://vimeo.com/166378572
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Written, presented & directed by Maritin Durkin •••, an interesting man. -ls
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Free Zones, Free Cities, Gifts on a Beach (an inspiration from the Phoenicians) - Mark Frazier
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Vortex Openworld.com — devoted to the creation of zones and cities offering freedom.
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Gifts on a Beach ••• — how the Phoenicians seeded the Mediterranean with a trading culture, and how we can do something similar today through digital media everywhere.
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Mark’s recent talk at Startup Societies Foundation ••• — a rich and inspiring source of ideas.
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The video is on the YouTube channel of Startup Societies Foundation •••
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“Venice Quilt” ••• — the miraculous emergent order of the city of Venice, an order resulting from human action, but not from human design.
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There is a pattern to this Quilt, assembled and nurtured for over 1500 years.  Most observers wonder if there is a pattern, how it can be seen, traced, and comfortably used.
“The Venice pattern was formed through the creative absorption and transformation of classical values, periodically cleansed, refined of corruption and impurities to regain its rightful course – refined by the Lagoon, the Sea, distant lands and cultures, and by Venetian innovation.”
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History of World Export Processing Zones (WEPZA)
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November 2016
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The idea of freeorder is simple. It does not require a complete exposition of all aspects of liberty, art, and learning to make the word useful. The world is rich with scholars and institutions devoted to every necessary aspect of freeorder. What has been missing is a concept to integrate them all - freeorder does that. Each vortex hosted by an integrating forge should have a paragraph that explains how, from the point of view of that forge, the actions discussed and the contents of the vortex contribute to the emergence of freeorder.
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The Federalist Society ••• — supporting unpredictable decentralized diversity
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Our Purpose  
Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society.  While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.  It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors.  In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.
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for vortices Cato.com, Guardian.com, Blackstone.com — a list ••• of all vortices and their purposes
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From Mike Lotus: a link to a review ••• (Charles’s Reviews) of Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I), by David Hackett Fischer •••
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For vortex Anglosphere.
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Video about Adam Smith ••• (YouTube, from Free to Choose Network •••)
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Published on Mar 28, 2016
The Real Adam Smith: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg, takes an intriguing, two-part look at Smith and the evolution and relevance of his ideas today, both economic and ethical. It’s difficult to imagine that a man who lived with horse drawn carriages and sailing ships would foresee our massive 21st century global market exchange, much less the relationship between markets and morality. But Adam Smith was no ordinary 18th century figure. Considered the “father of modern economics,” Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher. The revolutionary ideas he penned in The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments, changed the world.
Morality and Markets is the first hour, which takes an intriguing look at Smith, his background and the evolution of his ideas, both economic and ethical. Norberg travels Europe to locales where Smith was born, educated and spent his life teaching, writing and advocating his revolutionary ideas on markets and human morality.
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Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy, and “Self-Liberation”
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“Self Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression” •••
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“Contrary to popular assumptions, extreme dictatorships and other systems of domination are not as permanently powerful as the image they present and as is often attributed to them. These regimes actually have internal problems and dynamics that tend over time to weaken their central control and survival. Resistance activities that aggravate these inherent weaknesses are likely to have greater impact than those activities that do not.” -pg
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From Dictatorship to Democracy ••• at last count translated into 31 languages.
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The work of Gene Sharp and the albert einstein institution will be added to vortex Guardian.
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Interview with Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder & director of The Minaret of Freedom
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The interview with Ahmad will be added to vortices Ijtihad and Mulligan.
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http://reason.com/archives/2003/07/28/revealed-libertarianism — an interview with Dr. Ahmad, by Tim Cavanaugh of Reason Magazine.
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Dr. Ahmad, in a lecture at U. Colorado recently made some interesting points about the writings of al-Ghazali, which should be contrasted with the point-of-view offered by Reilly, in The Closing of the Muslim Mind.
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Dr. Ahmad’s Minaret of Freedom published a finely edited version of Rose Wilder Lane’s, Islam and the Discovery of Freedom ••• (originally, a major part of her The Discovery of Freedom).
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A Thanksgiving greeting from Craig Biddle of The Objective Standard:
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Happy Thanksgiving from The Objective Standard
From everyone at The Objective Standard to everyone who thinks, produces, trades, and thereby creates the values on which human life and happiness depend: Thank you.
Thank you profit-seeking businessmen who produce and sell everything from groceries to computers to automobiles to electricity. Your work—although often condemned—is in fact supremely noble and heroic.
Thank you scientists and engineers who discover and harness the elements and laws of nature, thus making possible the countless processes and goods—from air conditioning to chemotherapy to hydraulic fracturing to fighter jets—that enable us to live and flourish.
Thank you (rational) philosophers—especially Aristotle and Ayn Rand—for discovering, clarifying, and communicating crucial facts about the nature of reality, of knowledge, and of the good. Without your thought and work, man would still be in the Dark Ages.
Thank you American Founders for establishing a country based on the principle of individual rights.
Thank you (rational) economists for elucidating the mechanics of free markets, for guiding investments to productive use, and for educating people about the practical nature of capitalism.
Thank you (rational) teachers for educating our children and helping them to become independent, life-loving adults.
Thank you military men and women who work tirelessly to defend our freedom and protect us from barbarians.
Thank you artists for producing the great literature, movies, music, paintings, and all the arts that challenge our minds and fuel our souls.
And thank you readers of TOS for your business and support; we couldn’t do what we do without you.
Have a wonderful, joy-filled Thanksgiving.
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A reference to America 3.0, by Bennett & Lotus:
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“In their book America 3.0, James Bennett and Michael Lotus talk about how the managerial central planning State that has ruled since the War is disintegrating before our eyes.  With that will be the breakdown in central control, a huge devolution in power from Washington back to the States and to local communities.  We are all the better for it.  This doesn’t mean the end of the United States; in fact, I would argue it means the strengthening of our nation and an increase in our liberty.”
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The Absurdity of Unity •••, by Michael Finch, in American Thinker, November 30,2016
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Continuing converting and updating vortices 11/20/16
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All links in Cheetah ••• should now work
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Created vortex Beethoven : artists and the emergence of freeorder •••
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“Big Ball of Mud,” ••• by Joseph Yoder : the development of incoherent systems and reasons for them.
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Discovered while wandering among the works of pattern language theorists and practitioners. In an important sense, freeorder is about the craft of object-oriented composition.
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Vortex Anglosphere may develop interesting relationships with this sort of thing.
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October 2016
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October 9, 2016 : Byrne; CANZUK: Lilico, Roberts; Corrado Böhm
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Patrick Byrne, Overstock dot com, interview ••• : bitcoin, stock exchange on blockchain, trust, civilization, Gary Johnson
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Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom - CANZUK Uniting ••• (Facebook)
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Andrew Lilico, “From Brexit to CANZUK: A call from Britain to team up with Canada, Australia and New Zealand” •••
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Andrew Roberts, “CANZUK: after Brexit, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain can unite as a pillar of Western civilisation” •••
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Corrado Böhm •••, master explorer, foundations of computer science
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Corrado’s way of teaching, as explained by Alessandro Berarducci (mathematician):
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More of Professor Berarducci ••• on Corrado •••
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Corrado’s lessons were completely different from any other Mathematics lesson I was then following at the “Sapienza” University. Corrado’s method was similar to the one some swimming coaches apply, who simply throw you into the swimming pool, and then … well, we’ll see. Much the same, he would plunge us without any theoretical preamble into a world peopled by strange creatures, whom he would call “combinators” and whom he introduced to us one by one, making them act on the blackboard as if they were alive.
Little by little we started making friends with K,S,I,C,C*,W,D,A,B,Y  &co. without any idea about the status these objects had, or what limits there were to the freedom of creating new ones, learning however to handle them to perfection, precisely the way a child learns addition and multiplication without knowing what a number is. Was it a theory? A programming language? Nothing of sort. In Corrado’s mind, the combinators simply acted, like microbes, say, and the only reasonable approach was that of trying to use them to one’s ends, without posing any limitation whatsoever. I was used to the rigid scheme of traditional teaching, and was expecting, as starters, axioms, definitions, and theorems, but such expectations didn’t match Corrado’s methods. To him research was deeply entangled with freedom, experimenting, art, and fantasy. When he realised I was expecting rules and discipline, he prompted me, somehow challenging me, but being deeply sincere, to NOT read and NOT study, because that would have stifled my fantasy. At that time I was  baffled, but after many years I realise now that I got to know combinators much better than I would have, had I studied the various theorems with discipline and in the right order, and I know this feeling is widely shared among Corrado’s students.
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October 2, 2016 : Epstein, liberty & common good; Early Islam, ijtihad
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Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.
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Early Islam and the birth of capitalism
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“Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism” •••
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Istanbul Network for Liberty ••• is one among 400 free-market organizations affiliated with Atlas Network.
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Looking for readers of Gene Heck’s Charlemagne, Muhammad, and the Arab Roots of Capitalism - more on this will be posted in Ijtihad
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Connections between the ideas discussed by Heck in the above book and the views on economics characteristic of Spain’s University of Salamanca are sought.
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Richard A. Epstein’s Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good, 1998
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“… my central mission here is to explain how a concern with the common good does not eviscerate the traditional protections otherwise provided to individual liberty and property. The task is not easy, for the mixed associations of the term common good should send shudders down the spine of any champion of limited government. Just the phrase shamelessly propped up the totalitarian regimes that laid waste to both Germany and the Soviet Union.” -pg. 3
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October 1, 2016 : Anglosphere; CANZUK
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CANZUK Uniting ••• is a showcase for comment and analysis highlighting the affinities shared by these four countries [Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK], and the need for cooperation and partnerships between them – in both the public and private spheres.
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Content contributors (as of the above date): James C. Bennett, Conrad Black, Michael R.J. Bonner, Brent H. Cameron, John Kennair, Roger Kimball, Andrew Lilico, Michael J. Lotus, Iain Murray John O'Sullivan, Michael F. Reber, Andrew Roberts, James Skinner. - http://www.canzuk.co.uk/our-contributors
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‘Antony Fisher is the “Freedom Fighter you Forget.”  But his vision – of how think tanks can influence public policy, and how the independent think tank model can be replicated on a worldwide basis – is having a tremendous influence on the world around you.’ — a description of an April 2016 Atlas Network event.
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“CANZUK: after Brexit, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain can unite as a pillar of Western civilisation” ••• by Andrew Roberts, September 13, 2016, London Daily Telegraph
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Anglosphere •••
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September 2016
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September 18, 2016 : Byrne; CANZUK: Lilico, Roberts; Corrode Böhm
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Persian Heretics and Heresies, review by Christopher de Bellaigue of a book by Patricia Crone
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Patricia Crone, the late scholar of Islam, fearlessly and rigorously explored the origins of Iran’s influential and mystical version of the religion, reviewed ••• by Christopher de Bellaigue, for Tablet Magazine.
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“Freedom's Ugly Duckling: A Fresh Take on Private Property in Land” ••• : a new paper on land use and economics, by Spencer MacCallum, author of The Art of Community •••
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"Freedom's Ugly Duckling: A Fresh Take on Private Property in Land": http://explorersfoundation.org/archive/maccallum-duckling.pdf
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Christopher de Bellaigue •••, “My forthcoming book, The Islamic Enlightenment: the Struggle between Faith and Reason, comes out in the UK in February 2017.”
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Berlin Futures Forum, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura’s description of an “Infinite Game Platform”
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A political strategy to support the emergence of freeorder ••• (ef glyph 563)
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A new version of Jim Bennett’s “An Anglosphere Primer”
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Even though it first appeared in 2002 this paper has continued to be downloaded from Explorers Foundation’s site many times a month. http://explorersfoundation.org/archive/anglosphere_primer.pdf — the paper is changed only by addition of a box at the top pointing to some of Jim’s later work.
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— 09 Sep 16 —
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Jim Bennett is speaking at a Quadrant Magazine conference (organized by John O’Sullivan) in Sydney on 18 September, and will be a participant in a Melbourne meeting organized by Professor Claudio Véliz, author of The New World of the Gothic Fox
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Ricardo Valenzuela likes the philosophy expressed by James Allen in As a Man Thinketh, published in 1902
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http://www.jamesallenlibrary.com/authors/james-allen/as-a-man-thinketh — a note on this book belongs in efV Eudaemonia.
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Being transferred to OmniOutliner format soon, because the outliner, Notebook, by Circus Ponies, is no longer supported. All efVortices will become OmniOutliner-based.
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Yasuhiko Genku Kimura: Berlin Futures Forum: 2016 (October 12-16): From Multicultural Conflict to Transcultural Coherence
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The “vision” page, offers language for an infinite game, and is begins with some words about freeorder:
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http://berlinfutureforum.vision/igp.html — “the infinite game platform” :Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
“We stand together at the edge of something great. I call it the emergence of freeorder,
the collaborative making of a world magnificently fit for explorers,
and the development among ourselves of a people magnificently fit to live in such a world.
Such emergent collaboration depends on limits, differences, factions, lack of agreement,
competition for resources of vision, mind, spirit, and matter.
This is a kind of collaboration beyond design, beyond possible agreement,
founded on the deepest possible respect for the incomprehensible,
inevitable, divergence of individual patterns of exploration.
There is a unity beyond all imaginable unities that only our
respect for differences and limits can make possible.
Millions of individuals each differently probing the edge of chaos
leave behind us a reef of unforeseen substance and beauty.
Our work will be preservation of the sea
that makes such unplanned emergence possible..”
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Pat Wagner’s Sieralearn programs and webinars offer a curriculum on the fundamentals of civilization
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http://sieralearn.com : learn teach inspire
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— earlier —
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Jim Bennett has been invited by the British Academy to speak at a conference on the Anglosphere
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Our favorite fellow of the British Academy (recipient of an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award):
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Other recipients of Cobden-Bright Awards participating in the same conversation are Jim Bennett, Mike Lotus, Mark Frazier, Michael Strong, Yasuhiko Kimura, Max Borders, Bob Haywood, and Spencer MacCallum.
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Mark Frazier has begun a new Facebook group on the Hanseatic League
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Purpose of the group:
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A review by Mike Lotus of a book by Helen Zimmern on the Hanseatic League:
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A woman worth knowing about : thanks Mike!
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Mark Frazier commented on Mike’s review:
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Mark Frazier /react-text react-text: 45 /react-text react-text: 50 Michael /react-text , outstanding overview. Am under a deadline for a paper on related themes, but wanted to share a quick response on two new ways to ensure a durable New Hanseatic League.
First, react-text: 56 John Robb /react-text noted in a conversation on next generation governance (convened by react-text: 417 Jordan Greenhall /react-text ) that a city-state such as Singapore could emerge as a superpower almost overnight – by extending an offer of automatic citizenship for 250 million of the world's most technically skilled individuals. Already, on a small scale, Estonia's e-citizenship initiative is creating a precedent useful for a more ambitious future rollout. A New Hanseatic League could build on this to punch well above its hard power weight class.
Second, a New Hanseatic League could be at the forefront of introducing a transcultural ethos (h/t react-text: 423 Yasuhiko /react-text and react-text: 426 Troy /react-text ) with an appeal to individuals across the planet – and make available new virtual learning, peer learning, and work-study opportunities (of reputation-building value for entry into fast growing online free markets). Alt-edu opportunities offered by a Hanse 3.0 could scale to reach hundreds of millions of students now caught in dysfunctional settings, and help shift investments of their imagination and energy towards creating a new generation of free zones and World Cities.
The 'Next College' group on Facebook has been formed in part to begin conversations on this second path – hope any and all in this group also will join and help as discussions there evolve.
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Mark Frazier updated the description : 9/5/16
This group aims to map ways for a New Hanseatic League to emerge.
Hanseatic League 1.0 (1180 : 1670)
The original Hanse (Hanseatic League) linked hundreds of free cities and free zones across Northern Europe during the middle ages, becoming an economic powerhouse and fending off challengers without establishing a central political authority. Its policy of excluding non-German merchants led to its demise. http://www.europeandme.eu/13brain/672-hanseatic-league
Hanseatic League 2.0 (1980 : present)
Known as ”City League The Hanse", representatives of historic Hanseatic communities gather each year to deepen tourism, business, and cultural exchanges. The assembly makes decisions on which of member sites will host the “Hanseatic Days of Modern Times” annual international festival. Headquartered in Lubeck, Germany, its member cities range from Novgorod in Russia to Hull in England. http://www.hanse.org/en
Hanseatic League 3.0 (start date TBD)
Authors such as Parag Khanna, James C. Bennett, Benjamin Barber and Richard Florida have noted new potentials for autonomous cities around the world to federate, as overstretched nation states and multilateral organizations falter. Poul Anderson, Neal Stephenson, and other science fiction writers have also speculated on the rise of free zone city-states and virtual "phyles" to outcompete more bureaucratic entities.
This group will explore scenarios for actualizing the Hanseatic 3.0 vision of a thriving global, and ultimately interplanetary, network of free communities.
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Barbara Johnson’s latest posting on Cold War Warrior discusses President Wilson and Versailles
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August 2016
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Art gallery, publisher . Joel Oppenheimer . Audubon . Chicago, Charleston
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A Time for Audacity . future of Britain . James C. Bennett . Brexit > commonwealth union
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Guggenheim 50th anniversary, 2009 . Matt Taylor . Wright
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How to make the right things happen . vision through execution . Executive Leadership Group
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Bill Casey & Wendi Peck — http://elg.net … a principle client: U.S. Navy
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Voice and Exit. a festival of the future, November 11-13, 2016, Austin, Texas
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Max Borders, Michael Strong
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Hanseatic League: a new private group on Facebook
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Hanseatic League: a new private group on Facebook
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Interesting diffraction pattern when these two sources converge in thought: Hanseatic League; James C. Bennett's Network Commonwealth, as presented his The Anglosphere Challenge, published in 2004.
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glyph 186: alliance, trader cities, hansa . simple agreements . complex order . consensus, abstention, dissociation, tolerance for ambiguity ... history, baltic, germany ... sovereignty services, regulatory arbitrage ... civil society, history ... alternative to centralized economic state ... James C. (Jim) Bennett
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Rejuvenation, anti-aging . a unique use of stemcells
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possible lengthening of telomeres : ongoing discussion
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Oil & gas . a technology to see hydrocarbons invisible otherwise . fracking, faults, acquifers
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G. Spencer Brown . foundations of thought . limits, knowledge, ignorance . the laws of form
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glyph 0: Aristotle, philosophy mathematics foundations, George Boole . Boolean symbolic logic . electronics, electrical engineering ... wisdom ignorance fool quest exploration, G. Spencer Brown, laws form, Bertrand Russell ... 0 & 1 ... epistemology, standing on nothing to reach something ...
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http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/0.html — the full text (a page) is here
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On GSB’s Laws of Form: “In this book, G. Spencer Brown has succeeded in doing what, in mathematics, is very rare indeed, he has revealed a new calculus, of great power and simplicity ..." :Bertrand Russell, author, with Alfred North Whitehead, of Principia Mathematica
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“To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behaviour of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know.” :GSB, in Laws of Form
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2014: an earlier experiment along the same lines
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