Vortex freeorder : a concept of fundamental importance for explorers
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freeorder welds together free & order with the intention that they may never again become separated.
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freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all intent on using their fullest powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things they love.
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Two definitions of freeorder
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What’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
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A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest, venture, and error correction.
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A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
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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 liberty evolves.
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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 a fierce balance of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
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The path to the comprehension of freeorder as in internal condition may best be found by emulating, or “indwelling”, as Michael Polanyi would say in Personal Knowledge, master explorers. The knowledge acquired thereby is more tacit than logically encoded, and often is more kinetic than visual or auditory.
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For the social manifestations of freeorder see Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises, and most of the work of F. A. Hayek. For interesting applications (although not named) of the concept see Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch, and Team of Teams, by General Stanley McChrystal.
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For interesting applications of the concept (although not named) see Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch, and Team of Teams, by General Stanley McChrystal.
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An essential starting point: Chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis,” of Law, Legislation and Liberty, by F. A. Hayek, in which kinds of order are explained.
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freeorder is a simple word useful precisely because the emergence it names and enables is 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.
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Fusion will power the emergence of freeorder: venture-philosophy+venture-capital+venture-politics. Forges provide magnetic fields to bring these elements into requisite proximity. 11/21/17
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A political strategy to clear space for solutions, not to provide solutions.
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freeorder may come to convey the hope and assurance brought by the word spring spoken in midst of hard winter. Perhaps it summons hints of generative power, as if there is sun, earth, rain, and seeds within each of us.
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Each integrating forge (a kind of freeorder generator) is born out of an informal matrix of learner-investors brought together into a network by weavers, inspired to work for the catalyzed emergence of a world fit for those intent on giving their best, while serving and being served in return. In the case of this forge, Explorers Foundation, that network is the freeorder network. -01Jul17
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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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Satoshi Nakamoto Institute ••• (literature)
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There are many papers in the Institute’s Literature section written by people significant to the emergence of freeorder (and some of the authors are known personally by participants in freeorder network). This paper of F. A, Hayek’s, was first published in 1976: “Denationalisation of Money: An Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Concurrent Currencies” ••• (pdf).
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Charles Morgan, English novelist, critic, playwright, essayist, at the end of his essay, “Serenity”:
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“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?”
"Serenity" ••• an essay by Charles Morgan, in his The Writer and his World: Lectures and Essays (London: Macmillan, 1960)
 
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Explorers: those who aspire to make fullest and best use of all available information in order to accomplish something personally meaningful, and who persevere through guess, trial, error, and new guess, to manifest this aspiration, undaunted by difficulties and failures. See the writings of Karl R. Popper.
 
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freeorder does not mean spontaneous order: if it did there would be no need for the word.
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freeorder is not a synonym for “results of human action but not of human design.” See the work of F. A. Hayek on the differences between designed and spontaneous order, especially chapter 2, “Taxis and Cosmos”, of Law, Legislation and Liberty. Confusion of freeorder with spontaneous order indicates failure to comprehend the importance of design and requisite hierarchy.
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The phrase requisite hierarchy is from the work of Elliott Jaques as transmitted to us by Bill Casey, of Executive Leadership Group •••.
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“Elliott Jaques Levels With You” (article ••• in strategy+business) : “The controversial Canadian theorist claims he can create the perfect organization. Has he found the key to management — or merely a justification for bureaucracy?”
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Bill Casey also recommends: “In Praise of Heirarchy,” Harvard Business Review, Reprint 90107. (we’ll look for a link)
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“Hierarchy has not had its day. The problem is not to find an alternative to a system that once worked well but no longer does; the problem is to make it work efficiently for the first time in its 3,0000-year history.” —above article
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A Diagram of Kinds of Order: freeorder: the missing piece in the confusion between natural and human made orders
 
Small_image_of_the_graffle_on_order
 
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freeorder should be seen as only one of many possible “composite, or mixed, orders,” most of which are not beneficial to explorers, but inimical. Composite order is explained in “A Diagram of Kinds of Order” above.
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Comment on the Soviet economy
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The nightmare of the Soviet economy was a composite order, one with a vast excess of designed order and defect of spontaneous order. The market (black, some say) could only marginally compensate for the horrifically destructive physically enforced designs. The absurdity of the outcomes could be best understood in proportion to the distance of the observer from the misery entailed by those outcomes. First comes the loss of well-being, and perhaps of life itself; only then are surviving observers able to ironically describe the difference between official declarations, propaganda, and justifications, from the actual effect on individuals. See Utopia in Power, by Mikhail Heller and Aleksandr M. Nekrich.
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See the note about composite orders, above, under the diagram.
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Diagram of kinds of order — modification needed
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Since freeorder is only a small portion of composite orders, the middle section of the lower horizontal bar should be relabeled “compostie orders” and a narrow verticle bar should be colored so it stands out and be labeled freeorder.
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Peter Saint-André has drawn attention to Dee Hock’s book on chaord, One from Many. It seems that chaord would be identical with composite order, so that only a portion of chaords would be quest supporting, while others might well be quest annihilating.
 
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Definitions and uses of the word freeorder: 1/16/17
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freeorder, definitions
• What’s good for explorers, within each of us, and among us;
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that support quest, i.e. patterns of aesthetics governed explorations that support joyful life;
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves discovery processes and error correction.
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freeorder is italicized (almost everywhere) to emphasize that it is the fundamental generative concept of all forges.
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The word freeorder is versatile, examples of use: <to be completed>
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Origin of freeorder
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In the fall of 1970, I was teaching a course on Austrian Economics at Wichita Collegiate School, Wichita, Kansas, and was reading F. A. Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty. Chapter 2 of that book is titled, “Cosmos and Taxis,” and is about kinds of order. I had been an auditor in Hayek’s graduate level seminar at UCLA in 1969-70, when he was finishing the manuscript of the book, and his ideas about order and the significance of different kinds of order extended rich patterns of intuition that had been laid down by years of study of the work of Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, Israel Kirzner, and other Austrian School economists. I knew that the distinction among kinds of order and their origins was of enormous significance to my thinking but I had not put that distinction together with a “what for?”.
Then, in something that felt to me as a revelation, I saw that since a kind of order good for explorers arose from freedom and not from design there should be a word, use of which would imply exactly that. There should be a word that bore that meaning in its heart. There was no such word. Something was missing. And when something that important is missing, something should be done about it. A word needed to be made and brought into general use.
“That which is unnamed tends to non-existence.” —source of this quotation unknown, but sought.
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Uses of freeorder
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The word freeorder names the essential idea, vision, and objective of Explorers Foundation, Inc., and was the founding principal of Pattern Research, Inc., and of the Office for Open Network, Denver (1975-2000).
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As a noun it indicates an ideal destination. Where are we going? freeorder.
As a verb it indicates the process whereby we get there. How will we get there? freeorder.
freeorder depends on limits - two examples:
Anglosphere: a shared sense of the law of the land limited the powers of sovereigns and released the forces of market initiative resulting in a spontaneous order of great complexity and effect, with a strong tendency toward freeorder.
Software architecture: the concept of object orientation brought freeorder to software design by relaxing requirements for top-down control of everything.
freeordering can name an ongoing process: Charles G. Koch spent decades freeordering Koch Industries, incurring many failures along the path. The story is told in his book, Good Profit.
Alfred P. Sloan freeordered General Motors (increased design & decreased unproductive spontaneous order).
General Stanley McChrystal freeordered his special forces command (decreased design & increased useful spontaneous order). See his book, Team of Teams.
It may be used as an exhortation. freeorder! Meaning: restructure the balance of orders within yourself and in your organizations and culture so as to serve adventure, i.e. persistent fruitful questioning and responsive action.
It may be used as a kind of affirmation, greeting, or benediction. freeorder!
In social systems vocabulary, “democracy” and “socialism” poorly describe a world fit for explorers.
Democracy: majorities gradually learn to eat minorities.
Socialism: leads to a uniformity that obliterates individuality and decreases the use of knowledge.
Within each of us, freeorder maintains and expresses a complex balance between rationality and inspiration.
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To weavers of freeorder and forge builders
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Weavers of Freeorder
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Weavers of freeorder are pattern seers, connection makers, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs 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 very 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 magic (flow?)
Magic (flow?) is emergent, an awareness arising from a fusing through present action of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
Such capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
(When I wrote this, the word “flow” as used by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Michael Saint Michael) was not known to me. Perhaps it is better than “magic,” use of which always left me doubtful. -leif 4/30/17)
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The Edge
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We stand together at the edge of something great. I call it the emergence of freeorder, the collaborative making of a world magnificently fit for explorers, and the development among ourselves of a people magnificently fit to live in such a world. Such emergent collaboration depends on limits, differences, factions, lack of agreement, competition for resources of vision, mind, spirit, and matter. This is a kind of collaboration beyond design, beyond possible agreement, founded on the deepest possible respect for the incomprehensible, inevitable, divergence of individual patterns of exploration. There is a unity beyond all imaginable unities that only our respect for differences and limits can make possible. Millions of individuals each differently probing the edge of chaos leave behind us a reef of unforeseen substance and beauty. Our work is preservation of the sea that makes such unplanned emergence possible. -ls
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Object-oriented software design exemplifies principles of freeorder — NeXT, Adele Goldberg
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Object Oriented Programming and the Objective C Language, NeXT Software, Inc., 1993-95)
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This book may be read as a general manual on the craft of object oriented composition, and as such it applies to social systems, and especially to economics as understood by the Austrian School.
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On Amazon •••
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The complete book as a pdf •••
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See also, Smaltalk-80, Adele Goldberg. This is one of the great foundation stones of the object-oriented approach.
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Glyph 542 on freeorder
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More on freeorder: 1/26/17: Pattern Language
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The Language of Freeorder: A pattern language for the devlopment, sustenance, and evolution of civilization. A book that should be written.
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freeorder should be distinguished from spontaneous order. It is best understood as a network of balances among designed and spontaneous orders that supports quest.
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The relationship between the words freeorder, Freeorder, Openworld, and Open Network.
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freeorder names a principle. Freeorder names the world that results, or would result, from general application of the principle. Openworld names the same world, but indicates its existence without regard for the way it comes to be or how it is sustained. Practically speaking, the words are usually interchangeable without problem. Everyone gets the basic idea.
Thorough employment of the principles of freeorder would tend to result in a global open network, which may be called Openworld, or Freeorder. To speak of Open Network, Freeorder, or Openworld is to indicate the same thing. The latter word indicates only the thing, the former two words indicate the thing and the way it comes into existence and is sustained by continual and exchange.
The generative principle of Openworld is freeorder.
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The reason for this elaboration of words is explained this way: things not named tend to non-existence. Clear symbols on our banners will reduce confusion and support an unfaltering advance.
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The word freeorder is an attempt to bind the final desired result (lives lived in expectation of flow) to recognition of its source — individuals, each employing their full creativity and rationality, exchanging freely with one another, giving rise to an extended order that makes it conceivable, even reasonable, for individuals, taken at random, to harbor ideas of personal quest and pursue them in action. This is an historical virtue, partically emergent through accident, and sometimes won at great cost, that even at greater cost must be preserved and made universal.
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Limits adopted in pursuit of freeorder create open space without needless obstruction, and thus support emergence.
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In systems exemplifying freeorder, unpredictable & incomputable factors are encouraged and accommodated, then disciplined by reason and test. See the work of Karl R. Popper, especially Conjectures and Refutations, and also, Brian Magee’s account of Popper’s ideas, in Philosophy and the Real World.
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freeorder names a principle. Freeorder names the world that results, or would result, from general application of the principle. Openworld names the same world, but indicates its existence without regard for the way it comes to be or how it is sustained. Practically speaking, the words are usually interchangeable without problem. Everyone gets the basic idea.
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“The Story of the Office for Open Network” ••• : between 1975 and 2000, an experimental freeorder generator ran in Denver as a small business.
 
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We will not catalyze the emergence of a world fit for explorers nor fit ourselves well to live in such a world unless banners fly and songs are sung.
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Experiment: listen Beethoven’s opera Fidelio while reading the libretto, and imagine that Beethoven meant every note. This opera was meant to be an inspiration to fighters for liberty. In the same spirit, the word freeorder, is offered: to speak, write, and sing, to convey at once a sense of destination and the unending adventure of getting there.
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Karl Popper, Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography.
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See above: “To forge builders and weavers of freeorder”
 
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Below this point there is no attempt at organization (as if it would make a difference :-)
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http://www.philsalin.com/hth/hth.html: High-Tech Hayekians, by Don Lavoie, 1990 — the history of the beginning of a lot of interesting things relating to freeorder. —added April 2, 2017.
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Books somehow bearing on the concept and development of freeorder.
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Law, Legislation and Liberty, by F. A. Hayek, especially see chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis”.
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Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch
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Team of Teams, Stanley McChrystal
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The bibliography of books pertaining (somehow) to freeorder will become large. -12/3/16
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November 5, 2016: Conversion of all outlines to OmniOutliner is almost complete. Notebook.app (formerly used) is no longer viable.
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September 2, 2014: Confusion caused by the lack of a concept and a word for it has pervaded all discussion of social systems.
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The following is confusing. To understand the source of the confusion, refer to the diagram above.
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Two true statements: 1) freeorder is neither natural nor manmade; 2) freeorder is both natural and manmade.
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Statement 1 is true if you accept the definitions given in the diagram, but only one at a time, and regard them as contradictory.
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Statement 2 is true if you accept both definitions as true simultaneously.
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Either of these options leads eventually to lack of coherence and confusion.
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A false statement: freeorder is either natural or manmade.
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This statement is false because freeorder is a kind of mixed, or composite, order which is the result of human action but not of human design.
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By one definition, freeorder is natural; by another, manmade.
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There are deliberately shared orders, and accidentally shared orders, consciously shared orders and unconsciously shared orders.
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The word freeorder names the essential idea, vision, and objective of Explorers Foundation, Inc., and has been the founding principal of my company, Pattern Research, Inc., and of the Office for Open Network, Denver (1975-2000).
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We need to reduce to extreme simplicity language uniting the shared principles of freeorder, as pertaining to internal and external orders.
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There are many systems comprised of both spontaneous and designed orders. Most of those do not effectively serve quest. [See commenct on composite orders]
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the concept of freeorder encapsulates principles that are applicable both within our minds and to external things and systems. It is the generality of these principles that makes them useful. Ultimately it is fragments of internal freeorder that underly the emergence of external freeorder.
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Praxeological Foundations of epistemology and economics
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Lost in Platonic word clouds where meanings seem to shift without warning . then found Korzybski’s Science and Sanity . became determined to know how I personally used every word that appeared in my philosophic discourse - and that came to mean that I must know how that word somehow had roots in things that for me, in my direct experience, were not words. If unable to do this, it seemed to me that I was living in clouds of words, floating above the earth, while all action took place on the ground, pushing and pulling things that were not words, whether outside of me, or inside as images, strings of words, or mysterious generative sources. So, to spin up a good theory within a cloud of words unattached to the non-word world, and then use the verbal conclusion as sufficient grounds to change things that are not words. This is what I did not want to do.
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After I have rejected all explanations of my situation then how do I decide what to do? Standing in a void, and yet, to take a step must have ground to support a foot. How find such a place when can easily nullify, i.e. either fail to comprehend or refute, every grounding proposed?
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How is it possible to have a foundation for life, thought, action, while at the same time, in principle, rejecting all certain foundations (as we would if good students of Karl Popper)? [This is the essential question addressed by W. W. Bartely III (see Rafe Champion’s site).
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Langer started with biology and worked her way up to conclusions about epistemology. Most philosophy seems to move in the opposite direction.
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Given the praxeological use of the words “ends” and “means” it must be that nothing but an end can ever justify a means. So, always, the ends justify the means. Tricky word there, “justify”. Must be used to somehow assert that something is valued sufficiently to make it a basis for action.
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freeorder politics (politics of “no”)
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Have done a lot of work on this lately (2016). See glyph 563 (Parties of No Party) for a starting point.
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First described in a letter (never sent) to Harry Browne when he was running for President of U.S.)
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Internal freeorder
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space clearing . power of no . and willingness to consider all . word clouds . binding of words to not-words . Austrian School’s use of introspection and application of words (binding) to things not-words found within our own internal states . allowing for internal emergence of the unexpected . allowance for multiple contradictory systems of explanation and presentation . the throne room of the mind, from which almost everything is excluded, even many things that would seem to be very helpful if they could only present the proper credentials at the door.
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External & Internal freeorder: common principles
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the power of limits . without limits no grounds for emergence of freeorder . emergence of the unexpected . surprise ... boundaries . conditions establishing boundaries
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Not saying too much, not controlling too much ... deliberate, considered, abstention from controlling things that are within our power to control, so as to permit the existence of open space within which the unexpected may appear. This abstention bears fruit within us, outside of us, and among us. It is an application of our awareness of our own limitations whereby we harvest the riches resulting from respect for ignorance. Karl Popper wrote an essay with a remarkable title: “Sources of Knowledge and Ignorance.”
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Random notes on freeorder
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The objective here is to eventually connect all these dots into a coherent introduction to the word freeorder, it’s reason for being and the variety of its uses. But for the moment I’m just going to dump some things here.
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A discussion with Solidus1, Dec 21, 2013:
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leifsmith • A new vision and understanding of who we have been, what we are, and what we can become is emerging at many seemingly disconnected points throughout the culture of America and the rest of the Anglosphere. I have found that the word, “freeorder,” efficiently sums up the idea that beneficial order comes together more out of freedom than out of compulsion. I plan to listen to this interview expecting that it will offer insight into the emerging world of freeorder. We need a dramatic and energetic phase shift in culture, and the ideas of Bennett and Lotus, in “America 3.0,” may help bring it about. Solidus1 Yes, “freeorder” does some it up, nicely. What I see as beacons of light in a darkening world. Someday, perhaps, you will consider a post on “freeorder”. It is a world changing verb. leifsmith noun too ... Solidus1 An interrogative? Do you ‘freeorder’? leifsmith Yes, by applying error limiting tools to my own mental processes, thus freeing space for the appearance of the new and unexpected. A mind stuffed with things that won’t stand up to ruthless criticism is unlikely to remain creative. Same goes for an economy - so, as Mises said, a free market not only provides opportunity for profit, it also supports the potential for loss, and they are of at least equal importance. There is a parallel between the internal and external limits that allow freeorder to emerge.
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Freeorder serves to more finely divide the capacity for and distribution of error ... provide a framework within which reasonable discussion may have a greater chance of success ... as the idea, the emotionally stirring vision, of a world communist society provided the framework for many government building programs that would not have succeeded outside of the framework provided by that vision ... to see the provision of governance services as a market in which all participants have the greatest possible choice ... large array of exit possibilities for each person or collaborative group ... a freeorder perspective for seeing what can be and should be done.
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Fascination with boundaries that diminish accumulation of the useless and harmful, in thought and in venture.
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James C. Bennett, his work & freeorder
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Bennett’s work is the best practical implementation of a widely comprehensible freeorder generating strategy I have found. Promoting it is profoundly central to my work. Jim’s work provides a practical field in which the core and very abstract concept of freeorder may stand. Each supports the other, for the philosophers, the core illuminates the field, and for the capitalists, the field makes the core visible and shows why it is worthy of investment. The world will not go well until important capitalists are philosophers and important philosophers are capitalists. Hat tip to Plato, who almost got it right, if only you turn what he said on its head. Boot tip to Marx.
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Note to Mike Lotus, Dec 1, 2013:
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America 3.0 is an important contribution to the emergence of freeorder. Vision, intelligence, and capital can catalyze an astonishingly rapid phase change in culture. The pieces are falling in place. One central idea of Explorers Foundation is to find observers who note these pieces, and to listen to them and attempt to comprehend the entire emerging pattern of patterns. You and Jim are two of the best. The pursuit of freeorder is an open source undertaking for the entire human race. If we succeed we may survive.
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Complex Adaptive Systems
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Complexity theory elucidates freeorder: What’s good for explorers; a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.   freeorder is a single word, made by welding together free and order. Explorers Foundation uses freeorder to express our conviction that orders arising from freedom work best for people intent on using their full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of their own happiness, and in service to people and things they love.   I got the concept from F. A. Hayek’s chapter, “Cosmos and Taxis,” in his Law, Legislation, and Liberty - in that book and elsewhere Hayek traces the origins of the recognition of spontaneous order in human affairs, noting the key features of civilization that are the product of human action but not of human design.
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Glossary - words used in talking about freeorder
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forge : freeorder generator
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order : a distribution of things that allows us to form an at least somewhat reliable expectation. (see Hayek, LLL) - the entire definition, as worded by Hayek is a marvel of insight and utility. It will be included here sometime soon. 1/16/17 18:22
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Bibliography
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Primary Sources
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Law, Legislation, and Liberty, F. A. Hayek (especially chapter 2)
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The Act of Creation, Arthur Koestler
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Science & Sanity, Alfred Korzybski
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Human Action, Ludwig von Mises
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Personal Knowledge, Michael Polanyi
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Conjectures and Refutations, Karl Popper
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Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
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Other Sources
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The Laws of Form, G. Spencer Brown
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Without Miracles, Gary Cziko
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This book contains a rich bibliography of it’s own.
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Why the word freeorder is needed
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Examples of words created to fill a need
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Origin of the words neuron and synapse:
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There was a time when physiologists found themselves writing, over and over, “nerve cell,” and “the point at which the nerve impulse is transmitted from one nerve cell to another.” Sir Charles Sherrington, the Oxford Professor of Physiology, author of The Integrative Action of the Nervous System, 1904, introduced the words neuron, and synapse, resulting in useful compression and increased power of evocation. It was as if Sherrington had found cars capable of high speeds, slowed by a ridged and pitted road, and then had paved the road, enabling those speeds. -The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle, by Eric Lax, Henry Holt & Company, 2005, pg. 37.
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Origin of the Japanese word, kyoso -from Alan Macfarlane’s Yukichi Fukuzawa and the Making of the Modern World:
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“A key incident was when Fukuzawa started to read the educational course published by William and Robert Chambers. There was a volume explaining in a simple way the principles of western economics. Fukuzawa described how ‘I was reading Chamber’s book on economics. When I spoke of the book to a certain high official in the treasury bureau one day, he became much interested and wanted me to show him a translation.’5 So Fukuzawa began to translate the work into Japanese, a translation which formed a part of the second volume of his Conditions of the West. As he did so he ran into an illuminating difficulty in translating the central premise of western economic systems. ‘I began translating it (it comprised some twenty chapters) when I came upon the word ‘competition’ for which there was no equivalent in Japanese, and I was obliged to use an invention of my own, kyoso, literally, ‘race-fight’.” See: http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/FUKUZAWA_final.pdf -pg. 65
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Fragments
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Use of and interpretations of the word freeorder:
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Freeorder names both a destination, and a process through which the path to that destination is continually improved. The word, freeorder, can be used in the same way “democracy” and “communism” name ideals to which one may be committed. The power of a word expressing a shared ideal should not be underestimated. Such a word can unify the ununifiable, it can bring together in a single abstract space things that otherwise would be seen to have only insignificant relation to one another. Consider the enormous variety of front groups sponsored by the communists, and often funded covertly by the Soviet Union during the 1930s. The word “communism” summed up the highest ideals of many of the best people in the United States. See The God that Failed, Richard Crossman, editor, for personal accounts from a number of these people who I’m calling “best” of their experience with communism. Pay special attention to the motives that caused them to call themselves “communists.”
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If we don’t name our ideal we will not find the path toward it. There are currently in the English language no words that express the same concept as freeorder. The word is needed.
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The United States of America and Freeorder
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Freeorder is a particular kind of emergent order, produced, in part, by ventures designed for emergence. An example of such a venture is the United States of America, arising from an extraordinarily limited design called the Constitution, a document which by brilliant foresight prohibits most actions that would curtail beneficial emergence.
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The United States is a freeorder; it is a nation designed for emergence. The fundamental documents are boundary condition stabilizers, deliberately limiting the organizing powers of the central government so as not to interfere with the emergence of the unexpected, the unintended confluences of the deliberate acts. The never imaginable consequences of the stirring and mixing of the dreams, invention and initiative of millions of free people.
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Millions of uncoordinated actions supporting the emergence of freeorder will sum up to an irresistible tide.
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People whose work is relevant to the concept and practice of freeorder (evolving list, from which many currently contributing have so far been omitted). -12/3/16
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Fréderick Bastiat, Peter Bauer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Bernard, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, James C. Bennett, George Boole, John Bright, G. Spencer Brown, Andrew Carnegie, Frank Chodorov, Walter P. Chrysler, Richard Cobden, Robert Conquest, Gary Cziko, Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard A. Epstein, Euclid, Adele Goldberg, Adele Goldberg, Emma Goldman, F. A. Hayek, Paul Hindemith, David Hume, Margaret C. Jacob, Jane Jacobs, William James, Yasuhiko Kimura, Paul Johnson, Israel Kirzner, Arthur Koestler, Alfred Korzybski, Peter Kropotkin, Susanne K. Langer, Rose Wilder Lane, C. S. Lewis, Spencer MacCallum, Alan Macfarlane, Ludwig von Mises, Albert J. Nock, Henry Petroski, Michael Polanyi, Karl R. Popper, Ayn Rand, Murray N. Rothbard, Mary McDermott Shideler, Adam Smith, Lysander Spooner, Henry David Thoreau, J. R. R. Tolkien, Benjamin Tucker, Francisco Varela, Claudio Véliz, Stephen Wolfram.
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Goldberg, Adele
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Smalltalk-80 ••• (Amazon) — an introduction to the concept of object orientation in software.
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Kropotkin, Peter
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Mutual Aid, Memoirs of a Revolutionist
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Proudhon, Pierre Joseph
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A single quotation: It is liberty that is the mother, not the daughter, of order. ••• -Pierre Joseph Proudhon. The exact source of this quotation? Proudhon’s writings contain much that foresees freeorder, and as much that would prevent its emergence. Benjamin Tucker (individualist anarchist) used some of Proudhon’s ideas in his own work. Of course, I understood the mother/daughter relationship from the work of Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard, but Proudhon put it in a simple and memorable way.
 
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