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About Threads
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Threads records indications of conversations and events important to Explorers Foundation. If something in one of these interests you (beyond following the links provided), please contact us. Everything here has something to do with something our region of freeorder network(s) is actually involved in.
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Many of the things found in Threads will be found, in greater detail, collected in Vortices.
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Vortices: Threads contain references to vortices, pages that record resources, discussions, and investments, relevant to Explorers Foundation areas of focus and investment.
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, in general flow and evolve.
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A list of current Explorers Foundation Vortices •••
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References to vortices are generally simple, just “v” + the name, e.g. vGuardian.
 
Explorers & freeorder : Explorers : strong imagination, curiosity, wonder; lovers of aspects of the world, who do 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
 
freeorder welds together free & order to ensure that never again will the two concepts be thought to be in opposition to one another.
freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all of us who wish to use our full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things we 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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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. This requires saying “no” to many visible good things, and thereby protecting many more invisible good things.
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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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July 2018
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Freeorder in learning (freeordering self): Maria Popova; Shane Parrish:
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Maria Popova Brain Pickings •••
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives •••
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Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street ••• — “A collection of signal in a world of noise.”
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Inklings of ∮forge (integrating forge) •••
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Charles G. Koch’s list ••• of recommended books. From the perspective of freeorder this is excellent. A few or these books are new to me.
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“Make America Natural Again,” an interview ••• with Jim McNelly of Renewable Carbon Management, and NaturSoil of California.
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The paintings of Winston Churchill, shown by Heather James Fine Art, San Francisco, Jackson Hole — details •••
Marrakech_-_Painting
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A quality of light pervades everything WSC painted, and wrote.
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“All Hail Saudi Arabia's First Female Ride-App Drivers” ••• - Wall Street Journal video
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Saudi Arabia's first female professional drivers have taken to the road following last month's lifting of the kingdom's driving ban for women. The WSJ caught a ride with one such driver to find out what her male and female passengers think of the changes.
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Istituto Bruno Leoni ••• an Atlas Network ••• partner based in Torino, recently held a conference ••• about the data economy and its potential to further economic growth and combat misinformation surrounding the issue.
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Economist and founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Ralph Harris (1924-2006)
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Financial Times, October 19, 2006 — some early history of the emergence of freeorder is related in this tribute ••• to Harris.
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The Ludwig von Mises Centre ••• (London), 2017
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Welcome to the website of the Ludwig von Mises Centre (“Mises UK”), the home of Austrian Economics in the United Kingdom, established in 2017 to counter the nonsense of mainstream politics and mainstream economics.
There already exists a large English-language Misesian presence at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. Yet we would like to add a distinctly British flavour to the vibrant worldwide renaissance of Austrian Economics. We would also like to embed the long-standing tradition of classical liberalism here in the UK into a strong economic matrix of Austrian economic thought, to help make both stronger in these ideologically turbulent times.
Our aim is to build an active, innovative, and intellectually rigorous Austrian School libertarian movement in this country. We will be holding conferences, producing podcasts, and publishing essays in order to spread the ideas of Ludwig von Mises and the broader Austrian School: sound money, freedom, and peace. We are looking for writers, podcasters, and ideas. Want to help? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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Interview ••• (video): Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now, with Jordan Peterson
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June 2018
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Max Border’s new book ••• The Social Singularity: How decentralization will allow us transcend politics, create global prosperity, and avoid the robot apocalypse — just published
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CONTENTS
Introduction....................................................................................................... 1
Chapter One: The End of Politics.......................................................................3
Chapter Two: Cracks in the Pillars...................................................................25
Chapter Three: The Social Singularity Is Near.................................................55
Chapter Four: Rediscovering Our Humanity....................................................75
Chapter Five: The Social Construction of Our New Reality.............................99
Chapter Six: The Future of Governance.........................................................119
Chapter Seven: Values for a Post-Political Age..............................................151
Afterword: A Promising and Troubling Possibility........................................173 Acknowledgments.......................................................................................... 177 Notes.............................................................................................................. 179
Review & Support Us....................................................................................200
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Comment on Pat Wagner’s Facebook post ••• on differences, 18 June 2018
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Office for Open Network was designed to find and support the maximum possible benefit from the existence of differences.
Homogenization of problem solutions sometimes achieves significant gains, but the invisible cost of those gains is the elimination of the possibility of the emergence of better but unexpectable solutions. In the long run this cost can be the difference that destroys the viability of a culture. -ls
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Interview ••• with Erik Prince & NYT Opinon article on Afghanistan (Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, is the chairman of Frontier Services Group. He founded the company formerly known as Blackwater, a security contractor.)
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Q: “Do you worry that One Belt One Road is an effort to undermine U.S. influence?”
A: “No, I think that people that trade well together tend to cooperate economically and politically much better than the people that don’t trade. And when I look at the transformative effect that, for example, a railroad when it finally connected in the 1870s America, it took what was a 180-day voyage by foot and horse down to six days. And so for China to put down money to build a highway or a railway across parts of Africa or Asia, it’s a hugely positive transformative effect on people’s lives in those neighboring countries.”
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Byzantium: “As early as the seventh century … the Byzantine State pulled off the miracle of reforming itself internally while fighting a war of survival on every frontier.” —Richard Blake, quoted in glyph 598
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Heterodox Academy ••• “We are a politically diverse group of more than 1,800 professors and graduate students who have come together to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.”
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Charles Krauthammer — A note to his readers: •••
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Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.
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Apple Special Event ••• June 4, 2018
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Opens with one of the finest nature videos ever made.
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The size and use of the screen behind the speakers is remarkable.
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Anatomy in Clay® Learning System ••• — First Friday Meetups, next July 6 •••, Denver
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Anatomy in Clay® Centers exists to expand upon centuries of exploration into human and animal bodies. The system was founded by Jon Zahourek, who pioneered a new way of teaching anatomy more than thirty years ago with a hands-on approach to learning anatomy. In its lengthy history, anatomy has been closely linked with the medical sciences but is also an essential element in the understanding of who we are and how we function in the world, a subject with broad implications.
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The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned.™ —Jon Zahourek
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We will demonstrate the Anatomy in Clay® Learning System, building and applying clay to scale models.
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Institute for Justice defends victims of civil asset forfeiture •••
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“U.S. Government Seizes Life Savings from Ohio Family …” — this must stop. Thanks to the Institute for Justice, and many others, it may.
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Consensys, Ellen Ullman, Ethereum: Communication today from Consensys
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“The project begins in the programmer’s mind with the beauty of a crystal ... For a time, the world is a calm, mathematical place.” –Ellen Ullman, Close to the Machine
Ethereum is an elegant paradigm—not just computational, but social. The Ethereum Yellow Paper, by and large a highly technical document, concludes by calling the protocol a new “social operating system.” Some call Ethereum a “World Computer,” because of its ability to automatically coordinate people around the globe and because of its profound versatility: any transaction that can be represented by a computer—financial, legal, political, social—can be facilitated by the Ethereum blockchain.
Ethereum is not just a paradigm, but a global project. Some 250,000 developers are working hard to securely scale the ecosystem. Almost 17,000 nodes—the computers constituting and verifying the network—are running across six continents. Ethereum is on the ground: connecting rural community banks in the Philippines, helping Swiss citizens access e-government services, expediting cash to crisis areas.
Ellen Ullman, who worked on some of the very first graphic user interfaces, has written elsewhere that “We build our computers the way we build our cities—over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.”  Ethereum, however, is an opportunity to build with a plan, and from the ground-up. It’s better to think of the old systems not as ruined, but as reimaginable. One refrain from the Blockchain for Social Impact Conference on Friday was that blockchain is a new way of thinking about ownership, trust, and human systems. No one (everyone) owns Ethereum. On a blockchain, people can transact who would otherwise have no means to trust one another. Joe Lubin capped off the conference with a vision of this new social operating system in full gear:
“A decentralized, tokenized world is a world where we all have a stake in one another’s projects and we’re all rooting for one another, because everyone owns a piece of everything. People are extremely enthusiastic about what they’re doing, focusing less on survival and more on education, creative expression, personal and community health.”
Isn’t it pretty to think so? At ConsenSys, we think it’s better to build. To actually do it. To show the world that the system runs, and that it works.
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Jordan Peterson: Fame & Attack — who he is, how it works ••• (Tablet Magazine)
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Mike Lotus, wrote:
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Pretty good.
However it misses the critical point about Peterson. He's a clinical psychologist with 25,000 hours of clinical practice. His main Internet product is his self authoring program. He has helped tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people make material improvements in their lives, for which they have deep gratitude to him. He's not primarily a political or even academic figure.  He is a clinician treating damaged people, and having great success doing so.  
Peterson is going to be rolling out various products in the months and years ahead, staying at least one step ahead of his detractors.  His practice of saying what he believes forcefully and clearly, without regard for the consequences, has worked for him so far. The author of the article is critical of this approach, but there's no other way Peterson would've become the foremost public intellectual in the world if he had tried to be more prudent and censored himself.
If the left succeeds in destroying Peterson they will be left alone in the room with white identity politics.  It is similar to their attempts to destroy Trump, who is a civic nationalist, and is not practicing identity politics at all.
Since all non-leftist Caucasians involved in public life are accused of practicing group-oriented racism, it is difficult to be a moderate. If centrist figures like Peterson and Trump are destroyed, the conflict will become violent and implacable.  The leftists apparently want that, or think they do. They might win such a conflict, but they might not.  And there will be tremendous damage done to our country no matter how that conflict is resolved.  
I pray daily for both Trump and Peterson.
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This article offer an excellent analysis of dishonest methods used in social media, in collaboration with major publications, to attempt to destroy proponents of ideas opposed by the assailants.
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Introduction to Jordan Peterson (if needed) through a 2 hour interview and question session ••• on YouTube.
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“… Peterson is both an archetypal victim and beneficiary of these polarized times. In less than two years he has become, with the exception of the American president, perhaps the single most  loathed person by the journalistic and intellectual classes in Canada and the United States. He has also become, by orders of magnitude, the most widely disseminated lecturer in the history of the world. He is the sole possessor of a personal platform many multiples the size of all his detractors combined. He does not rely on the gatekeepers of the progressive consensus for his livelihood; indeed he prospers precisely by flouting it. It was his very success in managing this feat at the outset that made it urgent to target him, thereby ramping up the cycle of escalation that has made his platform as enormous as it has become.”
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May 2018
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Joe McKinney: “I'm incredibly proud to announce the most exciting thing we are working on: The Zone Protocol. Conceived, written, and developed be our genius CTO Philip Saunders, Nuhanse Network is creating the most advanced forms of blockchain governance. By combining the ethereum blockchain, a DNS like system, and zones, we are addressing the biggest problem in economic development: property registration. With this technology, low income people from around the world can finally use their assets to access the global economy. According to economist Hernado De Soto, this will likely lead to trillions of dollars in wealth world wide. Read and send your thoughts. Things are only going to get bigger, better, and bolder from here.”
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Nuhanse Network ••• “Nuhanse Network has released its second public white paper!
“The Zone Protocol could be described as a ‘DNS for property registry’. There are two kinds of zones- exception zones (such as SEZ's, where laws differ from host governments) and common zones, which are implemented purely for the purpose of upgrading existing legacy land registry systems to the protocol (without other regulatory exemptions). The titleholder of the root zone can delegate titles at a 2nd level (land leases etc.), and 2nd level titleholders can delegate titles within their property at a 3rd level.
“This ensures that blockchain titles have legal validity wherever they are created, as opposed to orphaned blockchain titles within a jurisdiction that doesn't recognise it in a court of law, making it effectively useless. This is the main difference between the Zone Protocol and other competing protocols like Propy.
“The goal is to design a blockchain-based protocol that combines local sovereignty/control over zones with global interoperability and compatibility. It also enables new models of public finance, such as Land Value Tax (LVT) systems.”
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The idea Art Laffer was the godfather of low taxation ignores Islamic scholars' contributions. Art Laffer himself has explained that he borrowed his idea from 14th century thinker Ibn Khaldun. Muslim scholars showed centuries ago that high taxes ultimately lead to stagnation and failure ••• (article on CapX)
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“Combat, Cannibals, and other True Campfire Stories” •••, by Michael Yon
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vSheridan — devoted to a free and honest press
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Recently, I spent several years investigating the Chinese information war that is cover for their earthly expansion. I have researched their efforts in 11 countries and would do more with adequate funding. This is massively important to Japan, USA, and to the world. No media company would afford this.
CNN and other major outlets have bought into parts of the Chinese narrative and repeat the false information endlessly. I will lay out clear evidence in upcoming work.
Many people who have read the results of our team’s findings have seen the light. They include key journalists in various countries who themselves cannot afford to do such research.
We have seen a change in their coverage due to our efforts to reveal Chinese subterfuge techniques, much of which revolves around planting stories, building museums, erecting monuments, sculptures, funding books, musicals, movies, and staging press events with little or no basis in fact. China funds the Confucius Institute which has successfully infiltrated universities around the world.
Serious information campaigns can be so large and heavily funded that it is difficult to realize we are actually in a manmade information storm.
Nothing is easier to sell to a desperate buyer than a comfortable lie.
Often, it is impossible to know if journalists are intentionally spreading disinformation or fooled into spreading misinformation. Either way, we end up with wrong information.
We present verifiable evidence, and oftentimes actual proof of Chinese goals and deceptions, such as by using World War II comfort women claims to drive wedges between key allies in Asia. This may sound trivial but those paying attention realize this has serious implications for the USA, Japan, and beyond. —Yon
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Ayn Rand, Global •••
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Justice League director Zack Snyder says next project will be an Ayn Rand film adaptation •••
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As used in the definition of freeorder (above), the word quest indicates “an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations.” The romantic implications are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on a fierce balance of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality. Sounds like a description of Beethoven’s music, doesn’t it — “Beethoven's Soundtrack to the Birth of Modernity” •••, by Jeffrey A. Tucker, who sees the symphony as microscopic social order.
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Education: the vision of Michael Strong. “The Purpose of Education Is Happiness and Well-Being for All” •••, 2012 — This year Michael has created three new schools, one in each of these cities: Austin, San Francisco, and New York. These schools are in strong alignment with the intent of Explorers Foundation: Academy of Thought and Industry •••, and vSocrates
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Political Correctness: Munk Debate •••, May 18, Toronto: “Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress…” — Conrad Black, on the debate •••
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Sugar free wines, Dry Farm Wines
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from the FAQ of Dry Farm Wines ••• : “Any wine that is fully fermented (meaning the yeast eats all the sugar) will be sugar free. Wine is made by adding yeast to grape juice. Then, the yeast eats the sugar, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide as byproducts. In a full fermentation, the yeast eats all the sugar and dies. Modern, industrial winemakers use sulfur dioxide ("sulfites") to kill the yeast early, which leaves residual sugar in the wine. And, some even add sugar back into the wine. This achieves a sweeter palate to appeal to the American market. By contrast, natural winemakers let native yeasts consume as much as sugar as natural, and then the yeast dies. We lab test every bottle for sugar so none of our bottles measure beyond 1g / L of sugar. Since wine doesn't have nutrient labels, lab-testing gives us the certainty to avoid consuming sugar. We avoid eating sugar and recommend you do too!”
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Voice & Exit ••• Austin, Texas, 17-20 May
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John Robb: The importance of cultural bedrock (read Robb here, and then the description of Michael Strong’s Academy of Thought and Industry in the next entry.)
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The entire culture is as if scraps of ideas sucked up by a whirlwind, spinning inchoately — inspired by hosts’ long rambling preamble to an interview ••• with John Robb on SOFREP. The interview as described by Robb:
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Posted: 10 May 2018 08:30 AM PDT
I did a long interview with Jack Murphy and Ian Scotto for SOFRep Radio earlier this week (the first 45 m or so prominently features my staccato/machine/Boydian gun style of thinking/speaking).
We talked about many of the topics I'm currently writing about in greater detail with The Global Guerrillas Report.  Topics such as China's tyrannical social credit system, open source political parties (they have already rolled the Republican party and they are about to do it to the Dems), how moral warfare works online (shaming and naming, etc.), and modern Tribalization.
In the last segment, we touched on something I haven't written much about yet: the potential for widespread civil conflict in the US and how that impacts our thinking on resilience.
Why so pessimistic? It's becoming clear that the US doesn't have a shared narrative anymore. A narrative, combined with rituals and traditions, that provides us with us the basis of fictive kinship.
• A kinship, not based on DNA, that allows us to trust each other rather than as strangers/enemies.
• A shared understanding of moral and ethical conduct (the soft elements that make it possible for a legal and regulatory system to work).
• An understanding that we are better off together than apart.
Where did our fictive kinship go?
We killed it. We didn't alter it, adapt it, or evolve it.  We strangled it and the rising sociopolitical incoherence we are seeing is the result.
The big question is whether we can survive the future without it? I suspect the answer to that is more no than yes.  If that's true, it makes civil collapse a very viable future.
Sincerely,
John Robb
PS: I'll be writing about the potential for civil conflict in the US and how that impacts our thinking on resilience in a future Global Guerrillas Report.
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I support (personally, not as Explorers Foundation) John Robb on Patreon ••• -ls
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There are many similarities between the thinking on culture found in the work of Jim Bennett and in that of John Robb.
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• - Socratic Humanities Program •••
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Developing identity during the teen years, “Who Are You, and What Do You Stand for in the World?” •••, by Michael Strong, founder of ATI
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ATI's Socratic Humanities program, designed by founder Michael Strong, inspires students to analyze, argue about, and clarify the meaning of challenging texts in philosophy, religion, literature, history, anthropology, economics, political science, and more. These Socratic-style conversations fascinate teens, as they connect to human universals such as love, trust, betrayal, justice, dignity, truth, and more. ATI students spend hours exploring these concepts, which help them define their personal identities (with powerfully positive benefits for their mental and emotional well-being), through engaging with sophisticated classic and contemporary texts in meaningful ways.
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Tablet Magazine vs Charles Koch
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Churchill and the Jews •••, by Sir Martin Gilbert
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“Conrad Hilton: The dreamer who conquered an industry” ••• by Gary Hoover •••, published by Archbridge Institute •••, April 19, 2018
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“Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born to wealth. His father, “Colonel” A. H. “Gus” Hilton, was the leading merchant and trader in the tiny sun-baked mining village of San Antonio, New Mexico. Young Connie wanted to become a banker, and at age thirty-one he went to Texas to make his fortune in that industry. When a man who offered his bank to Connie raised the price, the young Hilton crashed in a nearby seedy hotel. He saw how full it was and bought it, instead of the bank, with his $5,000 in savings and the backing of friends. Gradually building a small chain of Texas hotels, Hilton almost lost them all three times in the Great Depression. But his ambition and persistence kept him going through the worst of times. He eventually set his sights on the greatest hotels of Chicago and New York, and over time created the first major global chain, the largest hotel company in the world. This is the story of Conrad Hilton.”
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The Startup Societies Foundation ••• is hosting a Summit ••• at George Mason University [May 9-10] in Washington D.C. to discuss how special jurisdictions, blockchain technology and green infrastructure will rebuild Puerto Rico. The event goal is creating partnerships that will establish startup cities benefiting all Puerto Ricans.
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Ideas from Vision in Action •••
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Alignment Beyond Agreement •••: “Alignment is congruence of intention, whereas agreement is congruence of opinion.”
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Ideas from the Academy of Thought and Industry •••
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The Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI) is a high-accountability, high-autonomy program for teens who are purpose-driven, creative, unconventional, entrepreneurial, or intellectually curious.
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Austin, Texas, Info Session, Friday May 18, 7-8:30 pm
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Ideas from Voice & Exit •••
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Conference, May 18-20, Austin, Texas
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‘The name “Voice & Exit” was inspired by an essay titled “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty” (1970) by Albert O. Hirschman. The concept is that to influence positive change within a society or community, we have three options. We can voice our opinions to try and persuade others to change (this includes creative endeavors within the group aimed at making changes). We can remain loyal even if we disagree with a given group. Or we can exit said group and bound outward into the beautiful unknown to create anew. Which one do you think is our favorite? “Voice & Exit” celebrates the power of persuasion and creativity (Voice) + the bold willingness to explore new frontiers (Exit) all in pursuit of human flourishing.’
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“Upon hinges of freedom swing gates of bronze.” —Nicolás Gómez Dávila
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The Authentic Reactionary •••, Nicolás Gómez Dávila - 01/01/08 — here you may find both mystification and beauty. Patience is required.
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Josh Souter sent us his article: “The Government Has Been Meddling in Food and Nutrition for a Long Time” ••• containing links to topics such as Egg Washing? Yes or No?
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“In the United States, the government mandates washing eggs before commercial sale. In Europe, egg washing is forbidden by law.” ••• (reasons explained by Jeffrey A. Tucker)
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Teardown engineering: Sandy Munro, looks at a Tesla car ••• (interview with Munro on Autoline)
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Sandy Munro, and his Munro & Associates has almost three decades of experience in what it calls “teardown engineering.” By disassembling and analyzing products, the firm helps its clients optimize design, engineering, and manufacturing processes. Those clients include manufacturers in aerospace, defense, automotive, marine, medical, consumer electronics, and other industries.
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Mike Lotus recommends Masters of Mass Production, by Christy Both, published in 1945, telling the story of William Knudson, one of the great masters of industrial organization, whose genius made possible the astounding volume of United States production of aircraft during WWII.
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Forges (freeorder generators) exist to fertilize expectations that the best within us will find a home.
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What did the world look like from Beethoven’s piano?
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Andras Schiff on the last movement of Piano Sonata 31, Op. 110 ••• (this will download an mp3 file). Starting at 13:40 Schiff tells and illustrates on piano how the music takes us through deep illness to profound healing. May it serve as an illustration of what may happen to an entire world.
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He wrote this: “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am the Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. When they have again become sober they have drawn from the sea all that they can bring to dry land ... music is the incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” — We may speculate about how Beethoven’s words illuminate the question.
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“Revolution and war are polar opposites. Revolution is the decentralization of power from a concentrated authority down to the level of individuals who demand control of their own lives. War is the centralization of power into a coerced and coordinated effort by elites who hold individuals in such contempt as to call them cannon fodder. A war on cryptocurrency has been declared. It comes from government and from those who believe crypto must be made ‘respectable,’ which always translates to regulation, which always translates to people going to prison for making decisions about their own lives.” (04/28/128) —from Wendy McElroy’s Satoshi Revolution: “Are you part of the revolution or part of the war?” •••
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April 2018
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‘This is as fascinating as it is infuriating. By attacking literally anything which poses an obstacle to the loose alliance of western plutocrats and secretive government agencies, the social engineers who are fueling this Russia hysteria are actually closer than ever before to openly admitting that the west is truly ruled by those plutocrats and agencies. They are now this close to saying “Russia is our enemy because it stands in opposition to the corporatist Orwellian oligarchy which is your real government.”’
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‘Hey, Sunday Times? How about fuck you, actually? Fuck your brazen attempt to keep the British people from reclaiming what is being stolen from them by an increasingly corporatist neoliberal government. Fuck your shameless “information war” which places the agendas of plutocrats and intelligence agencies above truth and honest discourse. Fuck your relentless propaganda campaign which smears anyone who remembers the lies they were told about Vietnam, Iraq and Libya as a “useful idiot” and arbitrarily labels any discussion of the very real phenomenon of false flag attacks as a “Kremlin talking point”.
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Many news sources, blogs, tweets, overwhelm us with who the bad guys might be and what they are doing. We will not win by obsessing over this. The ocean must be seeded with catalytic bits in the millions, all bringing about a change in chemistry and genuine production of good. No one can plan in detail who should place which of these seeds for good and where, but the emergent may convince later unsophisticated observers that the change in chemistry was planned in detail from the first. It won’t be so; and it cannot be so.
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It is the business of forges to deliberately act as if intending to create the illusion that this stupendous emergence was planned in detail, even though it is completely impossible that this be the case. Of course, our motivation is not to create an illusion, but to put in place an architecture of ventures to accomplish the seeding of the ocean.
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LiveCode ••• — a great development environment - One code base: LiveCode is cross platform so you won’t have to write extra code for each platform you deploy to. This avoids having to write your app multiple times for multiple platforms saving you crucial developer time.
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A look into the LiveCode development process ••• (of interest to developers)
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China Has Essentially Doomed Its Electric Car Industry •••, by John Tammy •••
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Why and how multiple and extensive failure is essential to success. China is trying to ignore this requirement.
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“The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money. At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by threatening to block revenue streams from its markets and thus force these companies to do strange things (remember how last year Apple moved Icloud servers to China). At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.” —Pavel Durov, Telegram, quoted ••• (bitcoin.com)
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Commanding the Trend: Social Media as Information War •••, Lt Col Jarred Prier, USAF
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Abstract: This article demonstrates how social media is a tool for modern information-age warfare. It builds on analysis of three distinct topics: social networking, propaganda, and news and information sharing. Two case studies are used to show how state and nonstate actors use social media to employ time-tested propaganda techniques to yield far-reaching results. The spread of the propaganda message is accomplished by tappingping into an existing narrative, then amplifying that message with a network of automatic “bot” accounts to force the social media platform algorithm to recognize that message as a trending topic. The first case study analyzes Islamic State (IS) as a nonstate actor, while the second case observes Russia as a state actor, with each providing evidence of suchcessful influence operations using social media. Coercion and persuasion will continue to be decisive factors in information warfare as more countries attempt to build influence operations on social media.
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Michael Strong (email): I've just launched a … network of high schools, The Academy of Thought and Industry
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Hello Friends and Colleagues, 
I know many of you have been interested in my work in education and entrepreneurship for some time. For years I've been working to bring my educational vision to scale, and am finally able to do so by partnering with Higher Ground Education, a disruptive startup that has quickly built a nationwide network of Montessori schools serving over 650 families. Working with them, I've just launched a corresponding network of high schools, The Academy of Thought and Industry
ATI's three (so far) campuses are located in the tech hubs of Manhattan, San Francisco, and Austin, and are now enrolling students (ages 12-18) for the fall. Here, each student acquires the requisite content, skills, and experiences to prepare them to thrive in their post-secondary institution of choice, or life as an entrepreneur or creative professional. Together with them, we establish and refine individualized goals that students work to achieve through a personally meaningful curriculum, one that fosters autonomy, accountability, and an entrepreneurial mindset.
If you or or someone you know is interested in ATI, I would be delighted to stay connected via email. If this interests you, please consider signing up for updates on ATI here
In addition, we'll be hosting a series of free Information Sessions this spring that are open to everyone. In fact, our Manhattan campus has one tomorrow, Saturday April 7th, and our San Francisco campus is hosting an open house at our newly renovated building next Saturday, April 14th. You can find these event details below and on ATI's website.   
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to cross paths again. 
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Forges (freeorder generators) are about limits and conjectural leaps beyond them, each leap subject to test by logic, physical reality, or market response. Those systems within which negative responses are allowed to terminate a conjecture have the ability to develop into complex adaptive orders which are good for those who are them, use them, or inhabit them.
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Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership •••
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Servant leadership is not a simple concept. It is nuanced and multilayered.  It is also not an instant solution.  It is, however, a sustainable and more profitable cultural movement nurtured by true servant-leaders who demonstrate the courage and fortitude to implement its tenets and take the journey. 
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HashGraph ••• (alternative to Blockchain): this is a clear explanation by Leemon Baird, the inventor.
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NaturSoil ••• of California: converting organic waste to real soil to grow real food.
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Over time, the analog will outsmart and outrun the digital.
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https://medium.com/social-evolution/blockchains-will-save-us-from-a-i-ec366be62a95 — a fascinating article by Justin Goro, from Social Evolution •••
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http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/594.html — computation + economics, early history, by Don Lavoie.
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Rocky Mountain Land Library — good news, search for a home succeeds
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$20,000 reward for proving that Japanese exterminated Koreans on Tinian Island, 1944. Michael Yon does not believe this happened, although it is asserted in a new best-selling book. Posted by ls on Michael Yon’s Patreon page:
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“It is a fact that we are in the middle of a major information war directed from China at Japan, at the United States, and others.”
If references to “China” were widely understood to indicate only “some Chinese in positions of power,” not all individual citizens of China, it would allow for the probability that there are citizens of China who value truth. Our use of language must never forget them: they are our allies.
Your use of the phrase “directed from China” shows that you understand this, and it should encourage Patreon members to support your work.
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March 2018
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How can the Chinese Communist Party stay in power? “Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors?” •••, an article by Juha Wang
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Mao’s favorite book: “The book is Comprehensive Mirror in Aid of Governance, which was edited by Sima Guang, an intellectual and politician in the Northern Song dynasty, and published in 1084. It is a 294-volume, three-million-word chronological narrative of China’s history from 403 BCE to 959 CE. The emperor asked Sima to write this book to examine the lessons learned from previous emperors, so that future emperors could learn from them, avoid their mistakes, and become better rulers.”
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“… the biggest challenge to regime durability is neither foreign enemies nor the masses, but elites within the regime.”
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Conrad Black’s suggests that our legal system is ill and must be cured:
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The above is taken from his latest National Post (Canada) column: “Our legal system is failing us every bit as badly as journalism is” ••• (on Black’s website).
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“There are too many lawyers, too many laws and regulations, and the lawyers who legislate and decree the regulations are, even if inadvertently, constantly expanding the number and onerousness of their authority, forcing the entire adult population and all officially incorporated or registered institutions into ever greater and more costly reliance on the legal profession to comply with the herniating mass of new restrictions and penalties each year.
“The whole process is absurdly expensive, clogged, impossibly time-consuming, and filled with people whose financial interest is served by the protraction of all legal questions and most of whom despise and resent their clients as largely less educated than themselves yet holding them in the demeaning position of being the people who pay them. The law is one of the greatest pillars of democratic civilization and it does not now deserve a passing grade, but gets by with cozy and contemptible self-regulation, a 360-degree cartel swaddled in pious claptrap about a society of the rule of law.”
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Simple Rules for a Complex World •••, by Richard A. Epstein — explains how to think about a cure.
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Fundamental reading for students of freeorder -ls
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Assessments of the book posted by publisher, Harvard University Press:
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“Richard A. Epstein, a professor of law at the University of Chicago, has a record of proposing radical and extreme alterations in key areas of law—alterations that perhaps initially could be dismissed as so far from the center of legal thinking as to be of only theoretical interest but then turn out to have much more political life in them than one could have thought possible… Mr. Epstein has to be taken seriously, and not only because of the power of his reasoning and his authoritative command of the common law and political philosophy… The reasoning is strong, the knowledge of specific areas of policies is deep, and behind them stands his basic commitment to a more productive and efficient society… It is bracing to undergo a cold bath in the pure doctrine of the simple rules, and in many areas they will give us some practical guidance.”—Nathan Glazer, The New York Times Book Review
“A book called The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America by attorney Philip Howard has captured the attention of Washington’s policy community with its maddening accounts of overzealous regulation and complex litigation. But Mr. Howard’s appeal for enforcing rules with a dose of common sense never sets forth a framework for bringing about legal simplification. That’s why Richard Epstein’s new book…is such a suitable companion to Mr. Howard’s battle cry. Mr. Epstein…believes that the traditional common law is actually more attuned to the modern world… He argues that the more complex the world, the less bureaucrats and lawmakers can know about how everything interacts, and the more perverse and inefficient the law will become… Mr. Epstein’s relentlessly logical arguments tell us why we should return to the tried-and-true rules of the common law. Like manners, the common law has proven useful and long lasting precisely because it is so well-suited to a world of strangers.”—John H. Fund, The Wall Street Journal
“This book is a tour de force of legal history and analysis. It would have been timeless in any event, but the current Congress’ agenda makes it timely as well. Property rights, product and professional liability, a flat tax and environmental protection are now front and center; labor law reform and comparable worth may soon crowd their way onto the agenda as well. Long-range vision and wisdom are too seldom combined with topical analysis, but Simple Rules for a Complex World has this invaluable quality… What Mr. Epstein has accomplished, then, is not the fabrication of a framework but the distillation of one. He has articulated and rationalized basic principles of law in a creative way that shows these principles to have both historical and theoretical primacy. At a time when much legal scholarship is devoted to the deconstruction of the root of our legal order, Mr. Epstein has written a book of reconstruction.”—Roger Clegg, The Washington Times
“A persuasive argument for the American legal system’s return to the common-sense rules of common law, by a distinguished professor at the University of Chicago.”—The Chicago Tribune
“Simple Rules for a Complex World is a clear, consistent, libertarian economic approach to the law that should keep you interested from start to finish.”—Charles W. Chesbro, Trial
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‘The blockchain “all of us together” mentality has been behind this recent push for policy to encompass the will of the people rather than follow the advice of the expert. That is democracy after all. But when the people get pushed by manipulative operators to demand something (usually as a reaction to a well-stoked fear), then democracy is merely a convenient misspelling of demagoguery. I strongly disagree with the popularisation of expertise, vulgarisation of knowledge and reversion to the mean, base elements of humanity. Scientific facts are not democratic. You cannot have a vote on whether to accept the theory of gravity.’ —from The Risk-Monger, •••
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Puerto Rico — contra crypto-enthusiasts, pro agro-ecologists, written with two pens, one dipped in honey, the other in poison: “The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich “Puertopians” Are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island” •••
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Puerto Rico — Startup Societies Foundation’s ••• ideas for rebuilding ••• (short video from Joe McKinney) — “Don’t argue. Build!.” Startup Societies Summit at George Mason University, for Puerto Rico, May 9-10 •••
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.
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“Claremont McKenna becomes first college in California to earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech” •••
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Chicago Statement ••• (university policy regarding freedom of expression at colleges and universities)
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Balzers, Liechtenstein (LI), 28 Feb 2018 – Starting today, professional market participants and financial intermediaries are able to invest in the five leading cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP) and Ether (ETH) at Bank Frick. The cryptocurrencies can be bought using euros, US dollars and Swiss francs. Trading takes place once a day. ••• (Bank Frick’s press release)
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“In Praise of Byzantium – Why should we remember Byzantium?” •••, by Richard Blake, The Baltic Review ••• (current issue), and 9th August 2014 ••• (Blake’s article was published in this issue)
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“As early as the seventh century, though, the Byzantine State pulled off the miracle of reforming itself internally while fighting a war of survival on every frontier. Large parts of the bureaucracy were scrapped. Taxes were cut. The silver coinage was stabilised. Above all, the great senatorial estates of the Later Roman Empire were broken up. Land was given to the peasants in return for military service. In the West, the Goths and Franks and Lombards had moved among populations of disarmed tax-slaves. Not surprisingly, no one raised a hand against them. Time and again with Byzantium, the Arabs smashed against a wall of armed freeholders.” — might be a lesson for us here, Richard. Thanks -ls
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XIV. International Gottfried von Haberler Conference •••
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The XIV. International Gottfried von Haberler Conference will take place on May 25, 2018 in Vaduz, at University of Liechtenstein. Topic: “Karl Marx: Born 1818 and Still Going Strong?” – German: “Karl Marx: Mythos und Realität”. The event will be organized and hosted by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.
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Edge.org - an engagement of minds with reality.
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To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.
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Joan, the Tavern Girl — Winston S. Churchill’s assessment of the person and life of Joan of Arc.
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A summary of the character and life of Joan of Arc, by W. S. Churchill, in Ch. XXVI, Vol. I of A History of the English Speaking Peoples:
Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. The records of her trial present us with facts alive to-day through all the mists of time. Out of her own mouth can she be judged in each generation. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just, shown forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang. All soldiers should read her story and ponder on the words and deeds of the true warrior, who in one single year, though untaught in technical arts, reveals in every situation the key of victory.
This inspires recollection of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, delivering a warning of the power of the totally disruptive unexpected.
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Bitcoin Cash takes a step into the real world with a simple, fast, cheap Point-of-Sale server. I’m looking forward to trying one of these •••
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Building Freeorder, an Overview -ls
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The freeorder project is on the scale of a giant suspension bridge. It will require massive investment, far too large to be provided by a single or concentrated source. Fortunately, The One Bridge to Free Them All is actually a fractal illusion, summed of thousands of bridges, to convey a vision of the possible. Each component bridge of the bridge of bridges will require a substantial investment, but one thousands of times smaller, therefore possible.
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In business, the application of principles of freeorder is illustrated by Charles G. Koch’s Good Profit, in war by General Stanley McChrystal’s Team of Teams, and in civilization building by Andrew Carnegie’s libraries.
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Explorers Foundation and its generative freeorder network is one bridge among many, most not even begun. None of the bridge builders will know more than a small number of their fellow builders.
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Our problem is to say enough to create a massive movement, a power not subject to the pathologies that trapped early democrats, then socialists, now progressives and populists. Freeorder can become a world moving power, perhaps for the first time one without pathological concentration.
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Vital to catalysis of freeorder emergence is not saying or doing too much. In every freeorder work the key is limits: this means the application of the principle of freeorder to the means intended to produce freeorder. Commitment to limits sustains a requisite variety of creative impulse and correction, an abstractly coherent chaos of successes and failures.
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Saudi Arabia and Egypt are investing $10 Billion into a new special zone between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, near Elat, Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba •••vOpenworld
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Michael Yon, February 23, 2017, on China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea ••• article in Japan Forward •••
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Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline ••• for the Trump-Russia matter — vSheridan
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Mises, the Movie — Poland vChopin
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Out of nowhere, and I have walked by this Polish concert hall too rarely, comes a great new concerto. Part of the music is in this Polish project: http://misesthemovie.com/
There is a large network of Polish people and events in one way or another connected with this movie. For example: Liberty International World Conference ••• August 12-15, 2018 Kraków, Poland
The wave of freeorder vision and thought is becoming so large that now multiple foundational networks are needed to support the integrating forges that can produce a comprehensible sense of an emergence that may lift the world out of darkness.
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Liberty International World Conference ••• August 12-15, 2018 Kraków, Poland
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“The 2018 Liberty International World Conference will be held in Krakow, second biggest city in Poland, full of historical sites and called a cultural capitol of the country. Krakow survived World War II intact, and is full of magnificent old buildings, art, music, and fine food. Everybody we know who has been to Krakow raves about it.
“Krakow is also an important city in Polish history of liberty. Here, on the main square, Tadeusz Kościuszko, hero of three nations, Poles, Americans and Belarusians, swore to protect the country against the partitions. Also, Krakow was a city where Adam Heydel. Adam Krzyżanowski and Ferdynand Zweig established pre-war Austrian/neoclassical Krakow School of Economics. Now, we would like to add another chapter to that story.
“The lead host for the Krakow conference is  Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation www.fundacjawip.org/en, represented by Jacek Spendel, founder and president of the organization, and vice-president, dr. Marcin Chmielowski. Foundation is concentrated on educational and movie projects and both Jacek and Marcin are leading libertarian activists in Poland.  Main partner of the conference is Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (PAFERE) www.pafere.org and will be representing by Jan Kuban, president of the organization. PAFERE also runs seminars, assists with the Liberty Camps, and is very active in both translating liberty classics and in current publishing aimed primarily at the introductory level.
“Main goal of the conference is to introduce current libertarian points of interest to the already liberty-oriented audience. Polish libertarian movement is growing but it still lacks scale and professional approach. By organizing the conference, we want to introduce some new ideas for rethinking, new approaches for sound pro-liberty actions and also help in networking, which we see as a key to being a more successful libertarian. Range of topics that will be discussed will vary from roots of theoretical approach to practical case-studies based on know-how delivered by entrepreneurs and activists. Conference will be divided into lectures with Q&A sessions, panel discussions and time for less formal networking activities.”
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Songs of Zarathustra: Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life ••• by Peter Saint-Andre •••vEudaimonia
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“Although Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his thunderous pronouncements about the death of god and the will to power, hidden within his writings is also a wealth of practical wisdom. Songs of Zarathustra condenses the heart of Nietzsche's ideas into a cycle of original poems, along with new translations of some of Nietzsche's own verse (marked with an asterisk). Ordered chronologically from The Birth of Tragedy (1872) through Ecce Homo (1888), these poems track Nietzsche's growth as a thinker and writer. Above all, Songs of Zarathustra presents a fresh, positive perspective on Nietzsche's philosophy and its applications to living a full human life.” —Peter
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Arthur Brock on “Holochain vs. Hashgraph” ••• “There are many new platforms trying to make blockchains more scalable, or creating alternatives to the architectures of blockchain to fulfill on the aspirations of blockchain advocates, but that current blockchains fail to deliver on.”
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From Horizon Kinetics, posted in their cryptocurrency research section, “Government Suppression and Consensus Money: What the Government Really Thinks”: “The following is a highly abridged account of testimony provided to the Senate Banking Committee in early February 2018, by the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission about this very topic. While plenty of words were removed from this comprehensive, carefully researched and well-articulated 14-page document, no words were added or rearranged. It is unofficially wagered that most Americans and most professional investors would be quite surprised at the message.”
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Three excerpts from the Horizon Kinetics abridgment:
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I have spoken publicly about the potential benefits of the technology underlying Bitcoin, namely Blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT). Distributed ledgers – in various open system or private network applications – have the potential to enhance economic efficiency, mitigate centralized systemic risk, defend against fraudulent activity and improve data quality and governance.
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“Do no harm” was unquestionably the right approach to development of the Internet. Similarly, I believe that “do no harm” is the right overarching approach for distributed ledger technology.
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DLT is likely to have a broad and lasting impact on global financial markets in payments, banking, securities settlement, title recording, cyber security and trade reporting and analysis. When tied to virtual currencies, this technology aims to serve as a new store of value, facilitate secure payments, enable asset transfers, and power new applications.
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From Richard Ebeling, a new paper on the work of Wilhelm Röpke:
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A paper of mine on “Wilhelm Röpke’s Relevance in a Post-Totalitarian World,” recently has been published as a chapter in the volume, “Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966): A Liberal Political Economists and Conservative Social Philosopher,” edited by Patricia Commun and Stefan Kolev (Springer Publishers, 2018).
A PDF of my chapter may be accessed (for free) at Researchgate.net through the following link:
Wilhelm Röpke was one of the most influential free market-oriented German economists of the twentieth century. As a young man, he took a principled and highly moral public stand in Germany against Nazi tyranny right after Hitler came to power in 1933. Forced into exile, he finally ended up at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where he lived and taught until his death when only 65 years of age.
In my chapter, I explain Röpke’s criticisms of all forms of collectivism – communist, fascist, Nazi – and their fundamental denial of the autonomy and liberty of the individual; and that personal, social and economic freedom can only prevail in a liberal order of free markets and limited government. Though not a proponent of strict laissez-faire liberalism, he insisted that human beings could only flourish and prosper in a market-based society.
I also offer my interpretation of what Röpke’s views might be, today (based on his prolific writings during his lifetime), on the modern welfare state, the viability of the European Union, the challenge of contemporary waves of global immigration, and the threats from religious totalitarianism in the form of Islamic fanatics.
In my opinion, half a century after Röpke’s death, the character of his life and the insightfulness of his ideas still have much to teach and inspire us in these early decades of the twenty-first century.
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Röpke attended the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, called together by F. A. Hayek, April 1947 ••• (a list of all participants). To understand the significance of this meeting for freeorder think of Tolkien’s account of the meeting of the Council of Elrond ••• at Rivendell, called to respond to the threat posed by the One Ring ••• (“One Ring to Rule All? Caution Advised, thank you F. A. Hayek,” by Pat Wagner, May 8, 2014).
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“Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist: There’s hope for the environment, human progress is dazzling – and the world, according to PG Wodehouse, is beautiful” ••• found on the facebook page of Stephen Hicks •••
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“Why I’m reviving the spirit of the Hanseatic League across Northern Europe” ••• by Rupert Matthews MEP, February 26, 2018
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Mark Frazier’s A New Hanseatic League ••• (facebook group)
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Max Borders on Universal Basic Income and an alternative: Distributed Income Support Cooperatives (DISCs)
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“Beware the Universal Basic Income: Reasons to be skeptical of a UBI, plus a brief sketch of decentralized alternatives” •••
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“How We Become the Social Safety Net: Human Fractals and Decentralized Alternatives to a UBI (DISCs)” •••
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“A minimum viable DISC: how to make a UBI in the age of Blockchain” ••• by Justin Goro
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“Endowment Zones: Building resilient safety nets, environmental trusts, and public services.” •••
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Mutual Aid, by Peter Kropotkin •••
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America 3.0, by Bennett & Lotus •••
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Roger Ver (“veer”) explains ••• Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Bitcoin Cash — the importance of the separation of state and money
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Discussion [audio] of Hayek’s essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society” (1945) : Jeffrey Tucker, Kirk Dameron, and Stephen Macaskill, on SoundCloud. This essay is fundamental to freeorder. The discussion linked here explains why.
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Entered in EF files as glyph#586
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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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February 2018
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Legalize Insider Trading ••• Interview by Larry Elder with Dean emeritus Henry Manne of the George Mason University School of Law, author of Insider Trading and the Stock Market
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Revive & Restore ••• “We Are Building the 21St Century Genetic Rescue Toolkit for Conservation”
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Stewart Brand is involved in this new non-profit.
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The fundamental work of every integrating forge is to hold, elaborate, and project a pattern of freeorder emergence. Each integrating forge will do this in its own way. The result will be variations on variations of a theme that will have the force of an incoming tide. -ls
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“Those fighting for free enterprise and free competition do not defend the interest of those rich today. They want a free hand left to unknown men who will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.” -words of Ludwig von Mises [sent by BFJ]
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Patrick Cox is one of the world’s leading reporters on cutting-edge anti-aging research and practice.
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Some of Patrick’s work ••• (the free part), published by John Mauldin.
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Fasting, Artificial Intelligence, and Oxaloacetate •••
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Light and Health
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Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, on the uses of light in healing •••
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Dave Asprey, on Bulletproof, writes about Light Hacking •••
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Quobands: A Funding Mechanism for Crowd Construction - blockchain tokenization
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Philip Saunders, January 23, 2018
Abstract: A quoband is a smart contract that represents ownership of physical property and allows multiple stakeholders to own, fund, manage and invest in it. Unlike REITs, quobands can interface directly with the property title represented as a non-fungible token on the blockchain. The scale of the property can be as small as a house or as large as a city-state or special economic zone (SEZ). A quoband can be used as an open, equity-based mechanism to securitize and crowdfund property development projects in the place of more traditional approaches such as a mortgage. Ownership of the title is divided using tokens, allowing the holder to receive dividends from revenues produced by the property. Quobands can be structured as an equity or a debt, or a hybrid (similar to Mezzanine debt). In a fixed (debt-based) quoband, the issuer would be able to do a “quote recall”- buying back the tokens at an agreed schedule at a set price plus an additional coupon rate until full ownership is regained. For larger commercial or industrial developments such as an SEZ, government land lease or city-state, a floating (equity-based) quoband would be implemented. In this model the issuer would maintain a partial stake and continue paying dividends to investors indefinitely. The token price would float freely on the quote market to reflect the perceived value of the property. This paper lays out a general specification of the quoband model and its application to some real estate development use cases. Keywords: Blockchain, Proptech, Startup Societies
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Gary Hoover ••• is writing a series of biographical articles, “American Originals” ••• tracing “the stories of those who charted their own paths, overcame barriers and achieved a better life for themselves and those around them by embracing personal responsibility, hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.” — published on the website of Archbridge Institute •••
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Recent: Estée Lauder •••, George Eastman •••, J. C. Penny •••, Madam C. J. Walker •••
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“In 1983 the French sociologist Emmanuel Todd published La Troisième Planète, translated into English in 1985 as The Explanation of Ideology: Family Structures and Social Systems. Todd sought to explain, by considering family structures, why different areas adopt different political systems.” - in “How family structures can shape political systems” •••. by Dr. John Richer, The Guardian, 11 Feb 2018 — Todd’s work underlies some of the understanding of the past and future of United States presented in America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity In the 21st Century—Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet To Come ••• by Bennett & Lotus. [thanks Mike Lotus]
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“The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science” ••• Piers Larcombe, Peter Ridd — background, then a challenge to studies of Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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ABSTRACT
Research science used to inform public policy decisions, herein defined as “Policy-Science”, is rarely subjected to rigorous checking, testing and replication. Studies of biomedical and other sciences indicate that a considerable fraction of published peer-reviewed scientific literature, perhaps half, has significant flaws. To demonstrate the potential failings of the present approaches to scientific Quality Control (QC), we describe examples of science associated with perceived threats to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia. There appears a serious risk of efforts to improve the health of the GBR being directed inefficiently and/or away from the more serious threats. We suggest the need for a new organisation to undertake quality reviews and audits of important scientific results that underpin government spending decisions on the environment. Logically, such a body could also examine policy science in other key areas where governments rely heavily upon scientific results, such as education, health and criminology.
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In an article about Catalunya, “The State of the (Spanish) Union” ••• Victor Hill concluded: “So the EU has given rise to two quite contradictory forces. The centripetal force of imposing sameness despite cultural difference (normalisation is the French term) now meets the centrifugal force of those silly old self-preserving national entities – like Britain, Poland and Hungary – who, so the elites tell us, are hopelessly out of touch with the modern world because they do not wish to lose their identities or control of their borders.”
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Imagine a book, The Art of Leaving Be, telling how, by creating and saving open space, emergence happens. Open space, that which is left be, is a negative, generating unexpectable positives, as if an English garden wherein hidden forces throw magnificence into the world in astonishing unforeseeable profusion.
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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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The surprising further evolution of the Anglosphere.  As predicted in The Anglosphere Challenge. “https://scroll.in/magazine/867130/indo-anglians-the-newest-and-fastest-growing-caste-in-india
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Startup Societies Foundation — Joe McKinney, CEO, on LinkedIn
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‘‘Our mission is to connect, educate and empower small territorial experiments in government — all over the world.”
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‘A startup society is typically a small territorial experiment in government. For centuries, innovators have created enclaves to escape institutional barriers. America itself was created to escape religious persecution in Europe. The startup societies of today are making the world into a more diverse and competitive place.
‘Since the foundation of society is good governance AND "good government" means different things to different people, new startup societies can improve lives by providing a space to experiment with new ideas and provide competitive pressure to existing states.
‘Startup societies (SEZs, eco villages, micro states, intentional communities, seasteads and smart cities) typically operate in isolation. No support network. This leads to a greater likelihood of failure due to a lack of connections, information and resources.
‘Our mission is to connect, educate and empower small territorial experiments in government — all over the world.
‘Startup Societies Foundation studies, promotes, and connects startup societies. We want to create a vibrant, global startup societies industry through international conferences, investment summits, digital content and academic studies.
‘Startup Societies Foundation does not endorse any ideology or ideal society. We believe that there must be a multiplicity of options to test, from private cities and SEZs to collectivized communes. Their success depends on empirical evidence. In order to apply the scientific method to societies, we must have a large sample size.
We intend to build alternatives to traditional politics, business, culture and technology.’
From the linkedin page of Joe McKinney
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Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem ••• — “One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.” — Maria Popova’s “Brain Pickings” •••
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Instructive reading: “The Magic Money Tree” ••• by Victor Hill, London
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“It matters little what people like me think. The point is that, once QE has been embarked upon and the existence of the magic money tree has been made known to the masses, the genie is out of the bottle. Combine that with a profound distrust, nay distaste, for capitalism amongst the young – plus their preference for “fairness” above freedom – and you have a recipe for an unprecedented – and highly risky – economic experiment.
When the history of our era is written, it may well be concluded that it was the brilliant central bankers who, unfettered by elected politicians, ultimately sabotaged capitalism from the inside – and allowed the Corbynistas to seize control of the magic money tree.”
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January 2018
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Special Zones: Blockchain Tokens to Free the World ••• (Steemit) by Leif Smith
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Social Evolution ••• — a new venture devoted to “liberating humanity through innovation” — Max Borders explains the idea •••
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Full-Stack Thinking Can Improve Bad Government ••• by Justin Goro ••• (articles on Medium)
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Wisdom of Age, ••• by Jeff Rubin
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In 2004, Jeff accepted a Cobden-Bright Award from Explorers Foundation, given for his deeply thoughtful work on aging, expressed in this letter: “The Alliance for Holistic Aging
An Open Letter of Intention and Progress: One Year Hence” •••
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Have you ever heard any of these comments?
• "Children should be seen and not heard."
• "Grandma's having a senior moment."
• "She looks good for her age."
Commonly quoted phrases many of us have heard throughout our lives  reflect a bias called ageism which is so ingrained into our society that we don’t even realize how much ageism stereotyping and discrimination impacts our lives.
That's why I wrote Wisdom of Age which grows out of personal observations and professional concerns I’ve raised for many years regarding a cultural bias towards ageism at home and abroad, and society’s apparent ignorance of, or unwillingness to consider the consequences of ageism.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on Bitcoin and Blockchain ••• by C. Edward Kelso, January 30, 2018
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‘Mr. Taleb notes Hayek as inspiration for the innovation of bitcoin, at least in spirit. The distribution of knowledge means, almost paradoxically, “it looks like we do not even need that thing called knowledge for things to work well. Nor do we need individual rationality. All we need is structure,” and that structure is decentralization.’
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Roger Ver (“veer”) explains ••• Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Bitcoin Cash — the importance of the separation of state and money — another interview fundamental to understanding the emergence of freeorder
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• San Francisco, high school program designed by Michael Strong •••
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David Rumsey Map Collection •••
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EOS Development Update, January 13, 2018 — smart contact platform: pushing the boundaries of blockchain design to provide the best possible balance between ease of development and performance
We have been very busy working to make EOS.IO the best smart contract platform on the market. Our team has been pushing the boundaries of blockchain design to provide the best possible balance between ease of development and performance.
In our last update, we outlined some of the changes we were working on, including:
• Support for Apple’s Touch ID / Secure Enclave
• Error Handling on Deferred (asynchronous) Transactions
• Parallel Execution
Since that update we have implemented much of what we discussed. Much of this work has been occuring in the eos-noon branch on github so that we can maintain a stable master for those utilizing the test network. Here are some details of what we’ve been working on.
Deferred Transactions
Deferred transactions enable communication between different shards by minimizing the number of database locks that must be acquired at the same time. These have now been implemented along with the ability to schedule a transaction to be delivered in the future and to cancel a scheduled transaction.
Scheduled transactions (combined with free transactions) makes EOS.IO the first “Turing Complete Smart Contract Platform”. This means that it will be possible to create a smart contract that will automatically perform an action multiple times per second on an ongoing basis without any outside input. As long as the contract has sufficient computational bandwidth, the contract can run forever. All other competing smart contract platforms require outside transaction for a future point in time.
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Satoshi’s Vision ••• 23-25 March 2017, Tokyo — building the future of money
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Building the future of money - join Bitcoin Unlimited ••• in Tokyo for a premier conference and event. - Following Satoshi’s Vision conference held in San Francisco in 2016, and the Bitcoin Unlimited sponsored “The Future of Bitcoin” Conference held in Arnhem 2017, Bitcoin Unlimited brings you another premier event. Satoshi’s Vision Conference Tokyo will bring together developers, researchers, businesses, and Bitcoin Cash and other cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world.
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Gene Seymour has sent a link to a masterful explanation of blockchain by Steven Johnson, published in the New York Times Magazine, January 16, 2018.
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Tom Bell’s thinking is on the leading edge of emerging freeorder.
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About his new book, Your Next Government, Noon ET, Jan 18, 2018, live
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A Live Free Thoughts Podcast Recording [url to podcast of this to be provided when available]
Featuring the author Tom W. Bell, Professor, Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; interviewed by Aaron Powell, Director and Editor, Libertarianism.org; and Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.
Governments across the globe have begun evolving from lumbering bureaucracies into smaller, more agile special jurisdictions. Private providers increasingly deliver services that political authorities formerly monopolized, inspiring greater competition and efficiency. In Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations, Tom W. Bell, professor at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, shows how these trends suggest that new networks of special jurisdictions will soon surpass nation-states in the same way that networked computers replaced mainframes. This quiet revolution is transforming governments from the bottom up, inside out, worldwide, with the potential to bring more freedom, peace, and prosperity to people everywhere.
Join us for a conversation with author Professor Bell, hosted by Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus of Libertarianism.org’s Free Thoughts podcast.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates and videos from the Cato Institute.
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Bell has founded the Institute for Competitive Governments (seems to be no url yet).
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Octavio Sanchez is cited by Bell as a genius behind Honduras ZEDE agreement.
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No automatic good returns from investment, no matter how worthy the cause: Gridco
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Gridco Raises $12 million ••• October 6, 2016 (funding is now $54 million)
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Gridco Shuts Down ••• January 18, 2018
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Socialism during the day and capitalism at night: North Korea’s venture ••• into Vinalon production, an artificial fiber, as told by Reuters
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“We have this expression-- socialism during the day and capitalism at night. That is, politically and what is seen on surface is socialism but beneath the surface, everything people do is capitalistic.” —Choi, 30, defected to South Korea in 2006
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Hernando de Soto and Patrick Byrne discuss [video] ending poverty by putting unregistered property on blockchain.
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Bearing in mind many assertions of incompetence, watch President Trump’s January 8th address [video] at an American Farm Bureau event. Are assertions and performance consistent?
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A one minute video ••• presenting a dynamic chart showing the amount money raised through ICO’s from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 1, 2017. Found on the LinkedIn page of Mikhail Lapushner •••
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Ricardo Valenzuela ••• has posted on Emiliano Zapata, the only libertarian in the Mexican Revolution.
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Foster Gambel’s work ••• presented in the movie, “Thrive” ••• leads to interesting places, for example:
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https://academy.resonance.is watch the introductory video
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‘A Working Definition of "Capital" and why it to matters to creating a post-consumer village •••’ by Andrew, 2015, posted in Windward Notes.
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The Satoshi Revolution •••, a book by Wendy McElroy, now being sequentially published by Bitcoin.com
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Satoshi Nakamoto Institute •••
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‘In his massive work Conceived in Liberty (Volume 2), Rothbard offered a broader view of the importance of the “liberty of the individual.” It is not only “a great moral good in itself” but also “the necessary condition for the flowering of all the other goods that mankind cherishes: moral virtue, civilization, the arts and sciences, economic prosperity.” Without a private currency and banking system – that is, a system controlled by Liberty and not by Power – human potential itself was hobbled.’ —McElroy’s “Introduction”
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December 2017
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Remembering Peter Bauer - Cato Journal, Fall 2005 •••
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Dambisa Moyo cites Bauer as one of her guides.
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"For decades Lord Bauer stood alone in opposition to the view that only planning and foreign aid could produce economic development in poor third world countries...  He watched marketing boards destroy a flourishing peasant agriculture keyed to exports, forcing the peasants back into subsistence farming...  In theory, the marketing boards were set up to stabilize prices. In practice, the boards were used to confiscate the farmers' profits. The main result of development planning, said Bauer, was to destroy individual initiative, which is the most important factor of production... Bauer's dissent on development was based on his realization of the importance of traders in moving an economy from subsistence to exchange.  This critical activity of traders was curtailed by the regulations imposed by development planning...  With planning and aid came poverty and war.  Foreign aid, Bauer noted, made control of the government a life-and-death matter, causing genocidal warfare between tribes. He did not spare his muddle-headed colleagues, who fervently believed they were doing good by socializing poor lands when any fool could see that not even England could afford socialism... Bauer's books on development economics are the only ones worth reading.  The rest are evidence of a pathology of delusion that wrecked the lives of millions of innocent people." —from a “Tribute” to Peter Bauer, probably published in National Review, but no longer findable, author unknown
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The evolution of quest depends on connecting explorations into a pattern. How did Walt Whitman do it? •••
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A masterful, and free, course in learning how to use a keyboard •••. A few hours of practice, guided by this interactive course, could bring good returns to people seeking entry into the world of internet delivered services.
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The existence of the digital world (virtual stuff) depends on the movement of physical stuff, mass 🔹🔹🔹
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Tulip Mania vs Bitcoin •••, by BigChubbyCat •••, published in BitCoinMagazine ••• — this is an extremely good article!
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A Story - Turner’s Temeraire, Yuja Wang’s performance of Beethoven Opus 106
 
Juha Wang (age 30), on Beethoven’s Hammerklavier (Op. 106, Sonata 29): “‘I am years from really understanding it,’ Yuja admits. ‘The more I play it, the more complexities I discover in it. There are layers beneath layers in that piece, and there are so many of them. They’ll only reveal themselves over the years,’ she says, adding with a laugh: ‘Whether by playing it or by not playing it, I don’t know!’” —from an article/interview ••• by Stephen Wigler, published by Rhinegold Publishing •••
An art gallery, a story from an old world
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A man, immersed in Turner’s Temeraire, says meditatively,
I’m reminded of opus 106, adagio, sad, slow, long — a woman could play it,
but not the first and last movements — full of aggressive force,
fire, violence — music for a man.”
A young Asian woman, standing nearby,
quietly says, “Respectfully, I doubt that.”
“What do you know about it.”
“A little — there’s a lot to know.” She walks away.
When she’s gone, someone says, “That was Yuja Wang.”
“So what?”
Here’s what ••• (video of Yuja Wang’s performance)
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If you want to know what’s going on in the world, a new paper [watch this space for a link] on special economic zones, by Mark Frazier, of Openworld, will be essential reading.
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Announcement: The Startup Societies Foundation is hosting a conference at Georgetown University on January 19-20. The theme is to combine startup societies, green infrastructure, and blockchain technology to rebuild Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. #dontargue #rebuild
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Ripples in the fabric: special zones for refugees … conversion of Chicago’s organic waste into compost, fertilizer, and soil enhancers, on the path to growing real (not only organic) food . NaturSoil of California … protecting aquifers from effects of massive fracks … intellectual history of crypto-currencies, hashgraphs: potential alternatives to blockchains, computation: reducing costs & increasing speed … new materials for better electronics … restoring the headwaters of rivers originating in Colorado … a new form of political action to clear obstructions to problem solving …
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Hillsdale College “not one penny” — complete independence from requirements imposed 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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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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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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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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Kinds of distributed databases and ledgers, described here ••• by Sebastien Meunier
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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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“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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November 2017
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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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Explorers Foundation has invested in the work of Max Borders.
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Max is a creator of Voice & Exit, Festival of the Future ••• held annually in Austin, Texas.
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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
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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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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Robert Rowen’s website •••
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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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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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An Epicurean Dialogue on Happiness •••, by Peter Saint-André
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The Tao of Roark •••, by Peter Saint-André
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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 Principal Doctrines, by Epicurus •••
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Letter to Menoeceus, by Epicurus — Peter Saint-André's translation, in progress •••
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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 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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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 horizontal political spectrum — The Objective Standard •••
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A vertical political spectrum — Explorers Foundation
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Helen Szamuely’s pages ••• (a treasure of intelligent & vigorous dissent from things that deserve it)
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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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July 2017
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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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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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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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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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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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“The Marxist Threat, The Fascist Reaction and History Repeating Itself - A Misesian Perspective” ••• by kaeptnkook
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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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Both the above thanks to Mark Frazier, Openworld •••
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Health City Cayman Islands •••
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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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Added to vSheridan (freedom of expression)
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Conceived in Liberty, by Murray N. Rothbard, Vol. II, Ch. 27, audio ••• Mises Institute •••
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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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May 2017
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From Stephanie West Allen - writing well; good contracts
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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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Stephanie West Allen, JD
Denver, CO USA
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“… 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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“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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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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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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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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Added to vLionRock
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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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Vaccines - event poses a question for science (Sharyl Attkisson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Robert De Niro)
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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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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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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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Hong Kong Democracy Demonstration with Colonial Flag
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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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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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Good Profit •••, by Charles G. Koch
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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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“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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“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.