Vortex Guardian : defense of open space
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how to contact us
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Leif Smith
303-778-0880
Explorers Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 9100
Denver, CO 80209
USA
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explorersfoundation.org/guardian.html — a vortex is a region of Explorers Foundation research and investment.
Open space is characterized by limits that serve quest. Closed space is characterized by limits that obstruct quest. Human social systems exist on a continuum between closed space and open space. Freeorder is dependent upon and emergent from well-made boundaries. This vortex is about the defense of open space. Closely related vortices: Sheridan, Openworld, Blackstone.
 
 
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Log
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11Dec17: Politics: wrong people can do right things -M. Friedman
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28Jan17: Gingrich, “Trumpism explained” •••
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19Nov16: Warrior Cop, Balko
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28Mar15: Institute for Justice
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20Mar15: Jonathan Emord
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29Nov14: Volunteer Guardians vs. Looters & Destroyers
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29Nov14: Venture Capitalists + Special Ops
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27Jun14: A Matter of Principle, by Conrad Black
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27Jun14: The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice, by Paul Craig Roberts •••
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14Jul12: “Siloviki in Charge”
 
 
What must be defended: geographic and virtual spaces within which freeorder thrives. We want to know what is required to keep the defended space free of predators and hospitable to producers, whether individuals or groups.
 
The preservation of civilization depends on defending individuals and their organizations from unreasonable and destructive imposition of commands backed by threats of physical violence. Guardians of freeorder defend the victims of barbaric stupidity, avariciousness, personal aggrandizement or malice.
 
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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.
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Los Angeles Times Interviews ••• Oath Keepers Founder and President, Stewart Rhodes — video: lots of crowd noise obscures some of this interview.
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“Trumpism explained” •••, by Newt Gingrich, sent to us by Steve Alexander 1/28/17
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Parties of No Party ••• — a strategy for driving political control into an appropriately small corner, and keeping it there, introduced by a fictitious but illustrative proposal to elect Cobden and Bright heads of state for USA.
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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
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Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy, and “Self-Liberation”
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The work of Gene Sharp and the albert einstein institution will be added to vortex Guardian.
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From Dictatorship to Democracy ••• at last count translated into 31 languages.
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“Self Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression” •••
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“Contrary to popular assumptions, extreme dictatorships and other systems of domination are not as permanently powerful as the image they present and as is often attributed to them. These regimes actually have internal problems and dynamics that tend over time to weaken their central control and survival. Resistance activities that aggravate these inherent weaknesses are likely to have greater impact than those activities that do not.” -pg
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Institute for Justice IJ
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http://ij.org/case/kelo/ (against eminent domain used to enrich private parties)
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Repeal Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
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Volunteer guardians defending against looters, Ferguson, Missouri, 2014
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[ ] Look for stories about Korean special ops guys protecting stores during the LA riots.
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Venture Capitalists + Special Ops
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Jim Hake, Los Angeles VC, and The Spirit of America
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Michael Stock’s business venture in Somalia, WSJ, April 26, 2013
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Sometimes the insurgents are the good guys, and sometimes the bad guys, and sometimes, confusingly, both in different aspects. Explorers must ask, "What's good for us?" Consider the American revolt against the British Government: A successful outcome for the insurgents led to greater open space for explorers. On the other hand, in Iraq, 2007, a victory for the insurgents would have led to contraction of openspace.
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"On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" — article by Dave Grossman, recommended by Chris Huston
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A Note on Two Kinds of Guardians (defenders of openspace)
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There are those who protect us against predators, and those who protect us against actual and aspiring "good masters".
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Good Masters deprive us of the ability to use our minds and best judgements. They do this "for our own good".
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These two kinds of guardians are natural allies. Eventually predators find that good masters create conditions that make predation less costly and more invisible or acceptable to the ruled population.
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Article on urban terrorism, in City Journal, recommended by Robert Himber
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Perversions of Guardianship
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A Matter of Principle, by Conrad Black - corporate governance issues providing a foundation of abusive prosecution
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The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice, by Paul Craig Roberts •••
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“The Siloviki in Charge,” ••• by Andrei Illarionov, Journal of Democracy, April 2009
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“The Rise of the Praetorian Class,” ••• by Pete Kofod •••, on the Casey Research ••• website
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces,” ••• by Radley Balko
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Glyphs relating to this vortex
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563 Parties of No Party (pnp)
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445 The Terminal Instability of Democracy — Eric S. Raymond
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110 "For your tomorrow, we gave our today"
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Resources people and organizations offering legal defense
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Institute for Justice IJ — defending in a wide range of cases
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Jonathan Emord ••• — defense of speech, nutrition, medical services
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Resources (documemts)
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Daily Reckoning ••• — devoted to surviving the predations of kleptocratic governments: "The independent investor's daily guide to gold, commodities, profits and freedom." (this site was once called “Whiskey & Gunpowder”)
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Tipping Point Zero Day Initiative ••• — a brilliantly constructed enterprise offering protection against software attacks.
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TippingPoint launched the first intrusion prevention system in 2002. TippingPoint provides a "virtual patch" functionality that protects vulnerable systems from compromise when host-by-host patches have not been applied or do not yet exist from the vendor. Our security research team develops new Digital Vaccine® protection filters that address the latest vulnerabilities and are constantly distributed to our customers. By writing vulnerability filters for security issues that come in through the Zero Day Initiative, TippingPoint maintains a competitive edge while protecting customers and encouraging security researchers to bring findings into the public domain.”
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP
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A recipient of an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award
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"Drug Abuse is Bad. The Drug War is Worse!"
leap_billboard — Billboard in Omaha, July 2008
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Billboard in Omaha, July 2008
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Freeports & Freezones
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Openworld, Inc. (freezones, freeports)
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World Economic Processing Zones Association (WEPZA)
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http://www.wepza.org - Bob Haywood was an early (or first director), a recipient of an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award.
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Moment of Truth in Iraq, by Michael Yon, April 2008 — Richard Vigilante Books
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Explorers Foundation has bought many copies of this book for distribution to our friends. -Leif, May 08
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Counterinsurgency
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See Generals David Petraeus & James F. Amos manual on counterinsurgency.
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"Conducting a successful counterinsurgency campaign requires a flexible, adaptive force led by agile, well-informed, culturally astute leaders." —from: http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/Repository/Materials/COIN-FM3-24.pdf (large file).
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Michael Yon, Online Magazine •••
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Ventures providing defensive services
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G4S ••• “the leading global integrated security company, specialising in the provision of security products, services and solutions.”
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Defensive Response Training, Inc.
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Defensive Response Training is dedicated to helping people become confident and skilled exercising their fundamental right to self protection and the protection of loved ones.
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Chris Huston teaches small arms for Defensive Response Training, Inc.
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29 Sep 07, Chris Huston recommends: "On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" - article by Dave Grossman, see glyph 406
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Interfor, Inc., Juval Aviv
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Did Juval Aviv’s predictions about terrorist attacks made in 2005 come true? Snopes.com (no) — does this mean he’s not worth listening to? No. -ls
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It's time to direct resources from drug prohibition to defense against violent disrupters of civilization. We must decide comparative importance. Law enforcement professionals need not fear for loss of work. There's plenty to be done.
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
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Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics, by Jane Jacobs — provides a useful conceptual framework, especially in the definition and description of the "guardian" way of life and thought.
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20Nov16: Has there ever been an approach to guardianship that is fully consistent with a free-market point of view? Looking for clues to such thinking. Interested in business structures that fully engage the interest of guardians in the growth of the capital assets they protect, structures that offer gains from the protection of productivity, and that obsolete reversion to predatory behavior. -leif
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Participants in this vortex (partial list)
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Lexington Green, Jim Bennett, Cory Scott, John Scott, Robert Himber, Chris Huston, Greg McArthur, Mark Frazier, Leif Smith
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