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On the Return of the Sun, 22 December 2023

I might write as if I am a Roman in the last days of the fifth century, anticipating and describing the rise of the Anglosphere a thousand years later, hopeful, and strongly enough believing in humanity to foresee the eventual resurrection of the best of old Greece and Rome, preparing the ground for new civilization.

But, this time we are not only post-Romans, this time we follow the first instantiation of the Anglosphere, and are therefore armed with knowledge and skills that can be used to catalyze the explosive emergence of Freeorder. We hold not only tools of economics and politics, but also tools of human transformation. It is as if we have at once the knowledge of mechanics and energy, and so are prepared to launch the age of steam.

We have more than those early rebuilders of lost civilization: We have what might be described in an annotated bibliography for an as yet unwritten book explaining civilizational catalysts and accelerants now at hand: The Emergence of Freeorder: What do we know so far?

1. Anglosphere refers to a set of economic and political ideas common to English speaking countries. It's not about genetics or race. Contributions from many civilizations entered into its evolution. See The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett; Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, by Rose Wilder Lane; The New World of the Gothic Fox, by Claudio Véliz; China, Japan, Europe and the Anglo-Sphere: A Comparative Analysis, by Alan Macfarlane.

2. Freeorder names what works for explorers, within each of us, and among us. The word combines "free", meaning unconstrained by threats of physical force or the demands of dogma and intellectual system, and "order", meaning an arrangement of things from which we may form useful expectations. A more formal use of "freeorder" would be, "freeorder names quest serving balances among designed and spontaneous orders." See chapter 2, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty, by F. A. Hayek. The word is applicable to individual minds, groups, organizations, and cultures.
December 22, 2023

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