Explorers Foundation Threads — traces of conversation, Leif Smith, editor
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* Explorers & freeorder : Explorer : strong imagination, curiosity, wonder; lover of aspects of the world who does something about and with those things, persistently. freeorder : what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
> freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation
Open Network & Weavers of freeorder
August 2017
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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.
* A list of all EF investments ••• from 2006 through 2027
* 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.
* Wunsiedel, Germany: Neo-Nazis march ••• to raise money to help people leave the Nazi movement.
“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”.’
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.”
V Helen Szamuely’s pages ••• (a treasure of intelligent & vigorous dissent from things that deserve it)
V Real Food - once upon a time, and perhaps again … Garet Garrett •••
* “… 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
> Combining wealth building with good impact: Cavendish Global •••
> Jim Bennett describes Barry Goldwater as a “civic nationalist,” making race irrelevant.
V Emergence of freeorder and gradually revealed patterns of investment, arising from the decisions of multiple integrating forges
* 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.
> The earliest American ban on slavery
July 2017
V “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.
* 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
> 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.
V Pat Wagner, on problem solving, change, and evolution:
* “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.”
* “Entrepreneurs Have Been Proving Experts Wrong Forever” ••• by Ilya Pestov - July 20, 2017
V “The Neurodiversity Case for Free Speech ••• by Geoffrey Miller, July 18, 2017
• 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
> “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
* Quillete — a platform for free thought ••• — worth repeated visits. -ls
Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action ••• by Robert P. Murphy modern civilization rests on the market economy.
* “Hayek & the intellectuals” ••• by Roger Kimball •••
* 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.
> “The Future of Healthcare is Already Here” ••• — Direct Primary Care + catastrophic insurance
> Standard Oil: how it succeeded and became very large — explained by John D. Rockefeller
* 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.
> A review •••, by Marc Parry, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, of a new biography of Thomas Jefferson. Timely and worth reading.
> A few good quotes
> 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 •••
* Freeman Dyson on carbon and soil ••• (12 minutes, YouTube)
> Being Libertarian •••, founded late 2015, a broad spectrum online publisher
* Unboxed — a blog added to vEudaimonia
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2014: an earlier experiment along the same lines