About Threads of Freeorder
Leif Smith, editor
March 16, 2024
freeorder ••• the concept & vision guiding our work
 
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How to contact us
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Leif Smith
720-891-7308 (voice & text)
Explorers Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 9100
Denver, CO 80209
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Explorers Foundation ••• home page
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Vortices ••• list of all vortices
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Threads ••• complete (not this introduction)
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Glyphs ••• list of fragments of Freeorder
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Investments ••• a table of all investments
 
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Threads is about things of importance to the emergence of Freeorder. If something in one of these items interests you beyond following the links provided, please contact me. Everything in Threads relates to the small part of a worldwide emergence visible from my limited perspective.
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Vortices: Threads contains references to vortices, pages that record relevant resources, discussions, and investments. A list of vortices is found on the left side of our home page. Some of the things found in Threads will be found collected in Vortices.
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, flow, and evolve.
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A list of current Vortices •••
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Leif Smith
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720-891-7308 (voice & text)
Denver, Colorado
 
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The word freeorder welds together free & order to indicate that the two concepts should not be thought to be in opposition to one another.
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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 while supporting people and things we love.
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freeorder benefits everyone, especially those with strong imagination, curiosity, wonder, initiative, compassion, and integrity, who live to do something for and with whatever they love.
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More about freeorder •••
 
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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.
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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 freeorder 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 fierce balances of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
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A third definition: freeorder names something needed by free people, within each of them and among them. This definition poses a question, the answers to which point to exits leading out of our current distress.
 
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How Explorers Foundation can be 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 we seek to conserve is exactly that same freedom. Such conservation of liberty requires saying “no” to some visible good things, and thereby protecting essential but invisible good things.
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Freeorder Bridge 0.95 ••• version 0.95
Freeorder Bridge: from here to there ••• version 0.95 — a five page article (pdf) about how we will cross a seemingly impossibly wide strait. The metaphor of a suspension bridge is used to begin discussion of a centuries old chain of insights and actions that have enabled and will continue to enable the emergence of freeorder.
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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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Hayek, on order, and how freeorder connects his “kinds of order” with quest
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The word order is fundamental:
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F. A. Hayek, in Volume I, Chapter Two, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty (University of Chicago, 1973), suggests this definition of the word "order":
"By 'order' we shall throughout describe a state of affairs in which a multiplicity of elements of various kinds are so related to each other that we may learn from our acquaintance with some spatial or temporal part of the whole to form correct expectations concerning the rest, or at least expectations which have a good chance of proving correct."
"Taxis", as in "taxidermy" the deliberate ordering of the skin of animals. Cosmos = Greek for "natural order"; Taxis = Greek for "designed order."
This is a brilliant chapter and the origin of my work on freeorder.
Hayek's brilliance manifested itself in seeing that there is a third kind of order, sort of between "natural" and "designed". Those orders are "the results of human action but not of human design" and so have been called both "natural" and "designed" leading to endless confusion and discussions that are never resolved.
In such discussions the word freeorder is helpful.
This way of thinking about order becomes especially interesting when linked to the idea of optimizing quest, "an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations". Hayek did not do that, but it could be said to be implied in his work. I have made it explicit.
The word "governed" here means "highly influenced by" rather than "determined in entirety."
 
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Ventures that serve as freeorder generators (forge) may finance the emergence of freeorder, even fast enough to outrun disaster. “There is not a moment to be lost.” —Jack Aubrey •••
The emergence of Freeorder depends on a massive shift in expectations.
The shift will be this: for most people, the expected source of goods will become emergent networks of agreements among producers who are only lightly exploited by command based authorities. Such authorities were in earlier times believed to be the primary guarantors of flows of goods. Rarely achieved exits from social orders dominated by predators will become easier to find and will become durable, established. Expectations will shift from designed, known, and established orders and will move in the direction of seemingly chaotic, unpredictable, creative orders.
It is the business of ∮forge (integrated freeorder generators) to catalyze that shift.
The above image was taken from a Legatum Institute page many years ago. It illustrates an important truth. Explorers Foundation and Legatum Institute have no (known) relationship.
 
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