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March 2017
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 (thanks, Matt Taylor)
* Summary of the lecture, and biography of Dr. Drexler ••• (Oxford University page)
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.
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2014: an earlier experiment along the same lines