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April 2017
> Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now ••• (HarperCollinsPublishers), by Ayaan Hirsi Ali ••• (George Will, 2006) vIjtihad
> 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 •••
> 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?”
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.
* 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.
* Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Patterson, Ayn Rand, “Three Women Who Launched a Movement” — a series of articles ••• on these writers and their work.
* 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.
* Blockchain Revolution, by Don and Alex Tapscott
V 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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* 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, please let us know,, otherwise we see if we can get it done. -ls
V Paul Stamets, Mycologist: g199
* Mycorestoration of Abandoned Logging Roads •••
V Windward Foundation •••, restorers and conservators of marginal lands.
March 2017
* Hillsdale College offers a new online course: “American Heritage”, ten lectures, no charge.
V 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
V Biographical note, from an Amazon page on Individualism, Capitalism and the Modern World: Essays, Talks and Lectures:
* 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
V 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)
* Another lecture by Dr. Drexler ••• this one from 2014.
V Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute •••, Futurist Speaker: “Twelve Critical Skills for the Future” •••
* 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.
* 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
* 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”
* “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)
* 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.
> 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”
* The non-legislative origins and history of Roman Law, insights of Bruno Leoni g570
* 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.
* 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
* ConsenSys : blockchain & Ethereum … BHP Billeton’s use ••• of blockchain in supply-chain management . Enterprise Ethereum Alliance •••
Gaffar Hussain’s ••• review ••• of Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love. vIjtihad
* 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.
* Added to vLionRock
* 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.
February 2017
> Vaccines - event poses a question for science (Sharyl Attkisson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Robert De Niro)
> 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
* 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
V Bennett’s use of the word Anglosphere
* “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
* 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.
* 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”.
“The Story of the Office For Open Network” ••• by Leif Smith and Pat Wagner
> “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.
> Jim Bennett recommends “How Europe became rich” ••• by Joel Mokyr.

“All the Queen’s Ships” ••• by James C. Bennett — award winning essay for
the U.S. Naval Institute •••, published in their “Proceedings” ••• this January.
* “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.”
* “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 •••
* Interview with Ricardo Valenzuela, inspiration for and co-evolver of vortex Zorro, devoted to the entrepreneurial spirits of Northern Mexico.
* The story of Dagny Taggart, told in an evolving cartoon drawing •••
* Excellent review ••• by James McCormick of Bennett’s Anglosphere Challenge.
* “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
V Karl Popper’s work - an excellent collection of articles on Rafe Champion’s site ••• 2/12/17
* See also Philosophy and the Real World ••• by Brian Magee, on Karl Popper, published by Open Court. Popper
* The Road from Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective, by Philip Mierkowski 2/11/17
* 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
* Zorro, added 2/11/17: The work of Jeffrey Max Jones in Mexico.
V B. F. Johnson’s “Freedom Glow” ••• has written about the article on Brazil, mentioned here in January.
* “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
* 559: Freedom Glow: a venture traced in patterns of light - sparks from this forge will travel
* ••• 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
* Simone de Beauvoir, on happiness: Eudaemonia
* Article by Thomas Sowell.: DeVos ••• would be good for education because she wants parents & children to have freedom to choose.
* 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
V The last coins issued by Emperor Charlemagne (9th c.) bore Arabic inscriptions that glorified Allah. Mulligan
* 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.
January 2017
* “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
* 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
* 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
V Brexit, Anglosphere, CANZUK Union - Dick Morris, a short video ••• summing it up.
* This pattern of ideas was found in The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett, 2004: Anglosphere
* Emmanuel Todd, family types - two articles by Brian Micklethwait on Emmanuel Todd added to Anglosphere
* Steve Alexander sent an article by Newt Gingrich, “Trumpism explained.” It has been added to Guardian.
* Meeting with Ed Warner, Sand Country Foundation •••, about collaborative conservation.
* Discussions about ConsenSys.net and Elliott Jaques “requisite hierarchy.”
* Updated glyph 400 ••• on vortices & freeorder.
* “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.”
* Interesting article ••• by Paul Deiessen and Roger Bezdek: Land subsidence caused by aquifer depletion responsible for much flooding, not a rise in sea levels.
* 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
> One of the world’s most important meetings, held annually by Universidad Francisco Marroquin •••, is now underway: The Antigua Forum •••, January 19-22.
V 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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V Mike Lotus ••• found this: The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian •••, by Nirad C. Chadhurui •••
* Introduction ••• by Ian Jack. Mike says this book has a lot to offer for anyone interested in the Anglosphere.
* “How to be an Ethical, Competent, and Credible Journalist” ••• —short article by Pat Wagner
* 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
> Blockchain (perhaps Ethereum) based registries and the future of governance.
> The Institute for Justice (IJ) ••• has made teaching African hair braiding legal in Dallas, Texas.
> 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.
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
October 9, 2016 : Byrne; CANZUK: Lilico, Roberts; Corrado Böhm
> Patrick Byrne, Overstock dot com, interview ••• : bitcoin, stock exchange on blockchain, trust, civilization, Gary Johnson
V Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom - CANZUK Uniting ••• (Facebook)
* Andrew Lilico, “From Brexit to CANZUK: A call from Britain to team up with Canada, Australia and New Zealand” •••
* Andrew Roberts, “CANZUK: after Brexit, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain can unite as a pillar of Western civilisation” •••
V Corrado Böhm •••, master explorer, foundations of computer science
a face that compels interest - well repaid by investigation •••
Corrado’s way of teaching, as explained by Alessandro Berarducci (mathematician):
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.
Berarducci’s first published paper was a collaboration with Böhm: C. Böhm and A. Berarducci. Automatic synthesis of typed Λ-programs on term algebras. Theoretical Computer Science, 39:135–154 (1985). doi:10.1016/0304-3975(85)90135-5
More of Professor Berarducci ••• on Corrado •••
October 2, 2016 : Epstein, liberty & common good; Early Islam, ijtihad
> Richard A. Epstein’s Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good, 1998
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.
V Early Islam and the birth of capitalism
V “Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism” •••
Looking for readers of Gene Heck’s Charlemagne, Muhammad, and the Arab Roots of Capitalism - more on this will be posted in Ijtihad
* Istanbul Network for Liberty ••• is one among 400 free-market organizations affiliated with Atlas Network.
October 1, 2016 : Anglosphere; CANZUK
* Anglosphere •••
V 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.
> 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
September 2016
August 2016
2014: an earlier experiment along the same lines