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About Threads
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Threads records indications of conversations and events important to Explorers Foundation, because somehow pertinent to the emergence of freeorder. If something in one of these interests you (beyond following the links provided), please contact us. Everything here has something to do with something our own visible region of freeorder network(s) is actually involved in.
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Many of the things found in Threads will be found, in greater detail, collected in Vortices.
 
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Vortices: Threads contain references to vortices, pages that record resources, discussions, and investments, relevant to Explorers Foundation areas of focus and investment.
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, flow, and evolve.
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A list of current Explorers Foundation Vortices •••
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References to vortices: “v” + the name, e.g. vGuardian
 
Explorers & freeorder — what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us. Explorers — everyone with strong imagination, curiosity, wonder; lovers of personally given or found aspects of the world, who endeavor to do something about and for what they love — with persistence, imagination, and integrity.
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freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation and other ∮forge*
 
freeorder welds together free & order to ensure that never again will the two concepts be thought to be in opposition to one another.
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 and in service to people and things we love.
More extensive description of freeorder •••
* ∮forge is an abbreviation of “integrating freeorder generator,” a new form of institution essential to the full emergence of freeorder, in varied complementary ways, among all the world’s cultures, resulting in a “concert of civilizations,” a phrase used by James C. Bennett ••• author of The Anglosphere Challenge.
 
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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, venture, and error correction.
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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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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 is to be conserved is exactly the same freedom. This requires saying “no” to many visible good things, and thereby protecting many more 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," not "determined in entirety."
 
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This diagram from Legatum Institute ••• illustrates Explorers Foundation’s relationship with the other parts of the double star system to which we belong. Each such double star casts new light on its orbiting planets. With multiple ∮forge, well capitalized, the evolution of freeorder may accelerate fast enough to outrun disasters. “There is not a moment to be lost.” —Jack Aubrey •••
 
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August 2019
 
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“The Social Life of Genes ••• Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don't just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics.” — Posted by Mark Frazier on a Facebook page of John Kellden’s, “Conversations that Mind and Matter”
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Mark’s comment: ‘These studies, says Greg Wray, an evolutionary biologist at Duke who has focused on gene expression for over a decade, caused quite a stir. “You suddenly realize birds are hearing a song and having massive, widespread changes in gene expression in just 15 minutes? Something big is going on.”’
 
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“Capture all time in an unended quest for resonant balance among Beings, in and out, so to spin songs of Ising to bear a single life along its brief course, as if a ship on a wind." —Elbert of Perinel, Librarian
 
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Hong Kong: ““I don’t want to be immediately arrested for saying a [wrong] word when I grow up. ... I have fears, but I have to come out to the protests because I’m also a part of Hong Kong,” a 12-year-old surnamed Lam told the Hong Kong bureau of The Epoch Times.”
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Epoch Times ••• a newspaper (printed, and online daily, strong point of view, determined not to participate in the propagation of falsehoods, founded by refugees from China)
 
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“How Franz Liszt Has Revolutionized Piano and Classical Music - Ep 25” ••• — This is a part of Vitaliy Katsenelson’s letter, “The Intellectual Investor”, combining investment insights with classical music. Not done before, I think, and similar in spirit to the builders of ∮forge.
 
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Gandhi - a libertarian? “How liberals lost Gandhi?” by Barun Mitra, August 9, 2019.
 
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Albert Einstein Institution •••: Advancing freedom with nonviolent action
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From Dictatorship to Democracy ••• by Gene Sharp •••
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Dr. Mary Elizabeth King, a board member at the Albert Einstein Institution, has written a new book ••• that presents groundbreaking research on nonviolent struggle in India.
 
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Lara Logan ••• a journalist worth noticing, this summer became a Special Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group ••• — the former 60 Minutes reporter covered US-Mexico border issues •••. Her stories will be found on many internet sites: search for “Lara Logan investigates”. vSheridan — focused on journalism that holds truth as a highest value.
 
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Abu Dhabi, UAE, brief summary of a new financial free zone, by Damien P. Horigan, Associate Professor of Business, American University of Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan
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Abu Dhabi, one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently opened a free zone, or special economic area, for banking and finance located on Al Maryah Island called the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
In certain respects, the ADGM resembles the UAE's other financial free zone; namely, the older Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Like the DIFC, the ADGM has been established as a separate jurisdiction. Accordingly, the ADGM is developing its own laws, regulator, and judiciary.
In order to attract foreign investment, both financial free zones have been designated as common law jurisdictions. They look to English law as the basis for their respective legal systems. The common law model stands in contrast to the legal environment of the rest of the UAE, which draws upon a mixture of civil law and Islamic law. As a result, legal pluralism is increasing in the UAE.
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This paper was found at Academia.edu - registration (free) may be required for access.
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vOpenworld — for the idea that freedom based special zones may be a future home for a large part of humanity
 
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“Hong Kong Now: disinformation, misinformation, and fake news” ••• reporting by Michael Yon ••• (a real journalist) streaming video from the Hong Kong airport.
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Yon is streaming CBS from the airport. CBS is reporting that the airport is in “chaos” while his video is showing that the airport is not in chaos (by any reasonable definition).
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vSheridan — focused on journalism that holds truth as a highest value
 
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Talking with political opponents during trying times ••• free webinar: Thursday, August 29, 2019, 2 pm to 3 pm ET. Isn’t there a better way to discuss ideological differences and win financial and political support for your library, agency, or belief? Co-Presenters: Patrick “PC” Sweeney, Political Director at the EveryLibrary Institute, and Pat Wagner, of Pattern Research, Inc. Registration •••
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Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need ••• — a book for Millennials, recommended by John Andrews, Backbone America •••
 
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“Blockchain Innovation in the Startup Nation: What’s Next for ConsenSys Israel ••• — In advance of Ethereal Tel Aviv, see what's on the horizon for the local ConsenSys’ team and their vision for blockchain in Israel.”
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“For the first time, Ethereal Summit will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel on September 15th, 2019 at the culmination of the bustling Tel Aviv Blockchain Week. Ethereal Summit — having grown from its annual New York City flagship — has developed a worldwide reputation for bringing together futurists, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises, humanitarians and creatives for a day of storytelling and knowledge sharing. With #EtherealTLV taking place on the balmy Mediterranean shores of Tel Aviv this September, Ethereal now has the global locale to match that reputation."
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“The Bounties Network ••• empowers humans to incentivize and self-organize, from freelancing to grassroots social action, and anything in between. Whether it's for research, content translation, or video production, The Bounties Network lets you create projects, collaborate, and get paid for doing great work in any domain.”
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Example, Dispute management & resolution: “Delphi: a Mechanism for Staking and Arbitration, Powered by the Bounties Network and Token Curated Registries ••• by Mark Beylin and Mike Goldin, December 18, 2017, Last Updated: April 14, 2018
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“No Deal is the best deal for the UK ••• Professor Patrick Minford ••• Economists for Free Trade •••
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No deal may be the best way to liberate the intelligence and judgment of an entire population who have labored under directives issued by people who know less than they think they do. See The Fatal Conceit ••• by F. A. Hayek. -ls
 
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“Can You Afford Your Job?” ••• J.D. Bertron, Business Resilience Insights •••
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“Advice from Austrian Economics to navigate business cycles. We believe your business can be spared from the next crisis.”
 
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Byrne’s Euclid ••• the first six books of The Elements - a reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s work from 1847, designed by Nicholas Rougeax
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Randal O’Toole on Forest Fires ••• observations of a seasoned boots-on-the-ground environmentalist
 
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MoneyGram officially using XRP through Ripple’s xRapid for cross-border payments •••
 
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July, 2019
 
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An IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs, London) assesses ••• their contribution to the new state of affairs in England under Boris Johnson. The impact of the IEA has been immense.
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“It’s the cabinet of the libertarian comeback kids” ••• by Kate Andrews, The Sunday Times, 26 July 2019 (requires a subscription to The Times)
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“Regulation without the State” ••• by Philip Booth, IEA, 19 July 2019
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Free Enterprise Group ••• “The Free Enterprise Group is a leading association of free-market orientated Conservative Members of Parliament. Convened by James Cleverly MP, FEG seeks to restate the importance of liberal and practical free enterprise values against the backdrop of a significant loss of confidence in free market economics following the banking failures of the late 2000s. Founded by the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, now Secretary of State for Justice, FEG is supported by over 40 MPs who want to put free enterprise at the heart of the Conservative Party.”
 
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Repairing brain pathologies: In a letter from Arnon Rosenthal, CEO of Alector •••
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Since the early 20th century, the root cause of neurodegeneration has been considered to be misfolded proteins such as amyloid-beta plaques and TAU tangles in Alzheimer’s disease, alpha-synuclein in Parkinson’s disease and TDP-43 in FTD and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  Other pathologies that typify neurodegeneration, including the dysfunction and destruction of neuronal connections, the accelerated death of nerve cells, and the dysfunction of the brain support cells, were thought to be consequences of these misfolded proteins.
Since our founding six years ago, we have challenged this widely held belief.  We made the case that multiple pathologies that typify neurodegeneration become autonomous of each other at early disease stages, and for therapeutic purposes, these pathologies should be viewed as independent causes of the disorder.  With this understanding, we searched for an underlying biological process that these pathologies share.  Discoveries on the genetic underpinning of neurodegeneration and on the functions of the brain immune system led us to conclude that these parallel pathologies are primarily caused by a dysfunctional brain immune system.
 
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Dick Morris, yesterday, published a short video, "Boris & Donald...Welcome to the Anglosphere!" •••. Jim Bennett introduced the word in his 2004 book, The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century. The impact of this book is growing and far reaching. There is more to come, I think. The ideas and practices characteristic of the Anglosphere are transmissible and adaptable The concept is based on culture; race has no part in it.
 
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Boris Johnson ••• a worthwhile article, recommended by Mike Lotus.
 
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NeWay Capital ••• working on the next incarnation of the Honduran special zone. The team ••• constituting NeWay seem well prepared to understand and advance freeorder. ~thanks to Dan Becker
 
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Balance Point Institute ••• is demonstrating remarkable results from its Senior Lunch Program in Patagonia, Arizona.
 
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Stephenson's Rocket has returned to Manchester for the first time in over 180 years.”
 
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A caution against perfectibilism, “History as Wisdom: Thomas Carlyle vs. the ‘Perfectibilarians’ ••• M. D. Aeschliman, July 20, 2019 — some things for those of us dedicated to the possibility of continual improvement to bear in mind. Our boats must be designed with comprehension of the force of white water and rocks. The authors covered in this review will be helpful, especially Thomas Carlyle.
 
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“Crypto Terminals Offer Venezuelans a Bridge to Economic Prosperity” ••• at Bitcoin.com: BCH more than BTC.
 
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Karl Popper : how to minimize damage done by bad governments and theories
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glyph 613: important question: how minimize damage caused by bad governments and mistakes arising from bad theories ... the fundamental importance of continuous error correction ... political theory ... epistemology ... no ideal governments, no ideal sources of knowledge ... error correction opens the way to renewed wonder
 
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Frederick Douglass : the Founding Fathers, from his Oration of 1852
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glyph 612: Rochester oration 1852, founders of United states of America, USA . Declaration of Independence, 4th of July, celebration ... slavery, abolition
 
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Publius Lex ••• a new fund to those assaulted for unpopular opinions or journalism
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“As we have observed a coordinated assault on our civil liberties and freedoms from certain corporations, politicians, socialist revolutionaries, and inept or biased government actors, we have decided to fight back and defend our fundamental, constitutionally-enshrined rights from the forces set out to destroy the foundations of what makes the United States of America exceptional.
“Forces seeking to suppress the civil rights of many Americans have expertly weaponized our legal system and effectively use the heckler’s veto to silence those who disagree. We must not simply suffer this siege silently — rather, we must bring the fight to those who put our civil liberties at risk in the courts, and it was with that in mind Publius Lex was founded. We defend the defenseless, the assaulted, and those who have been discriminated against without recourse or help from the current civil rights establishment. Whether it be the faceless corporation, feckless government officials, or subversive nihilists, we will fight for the civil rights of America’s forgotten citizens.”
 
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Matthew B. Crawford’s thinking is contributing to freeorder: ••• philosopher and mechanic. ~thanks to Jim Bennett
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The addictive and perversely useful illusion that representation can replace reality should be challenged.
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“Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy” ••• by Crawford
 
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A “Grand Unified Theory of Music” ••• by Chris Mohr
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‘The Grand Unified Theory of Music is a single meta-theory bringing together all the musical traditions of the world. The Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians defines Just Intonation as “the consistent use of harmonic intervals tuned so pure that they do not beat, and of melodic intervals that derive from such an arrangement.” This was the goal of the ancients in every advanced culture. While the particular scales, modes and melodies were unique to each culture, all of them were grounded in the simple acoustic purity of the harmonic series, which guided every musical relationship of every advanced musical tradition everywhere in the world. In this book you will find literally hundreds of these ancient scales and modes from China, India, the Byzantine Church, Arabia, Turkey, the North African Berbers, Greece, Rome, the Catholic Church, Japan, Egypt and other parts of the world. All based on the same simple natural harmonics!’
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Chris’ Facebook page •••
 
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Jonathan Bean, at Independent Institute ••• wrote: “Why Frederick Douglass Still Matters” ••• about Douglass’ great Fifth of July speech, delivered in Rochester, New York, 1852:
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“In researching Douglass for my new book Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader ••• I found there was nothing 'simple' about this giant of a man. We remember him as a fugitive slave and fiery abolitionist, we forget that he developed a coherent classical liberal philosophy based on natural law and natural rights. Far more than a race man, he was a man struggling with the real challenges to classical liberal thought. Taken together, the Douglass speeches in my book offer insight into the core values he shared with other classical liberals: individual freedom, Christianity, colorblind law, the Constitution as a 'Glorious Liberty document,' and the bourgeois virtues associated with capitalism (work, self-reliance, limited government interference).”
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The complete speech, at Explorers Foundation Glyphery g476
 
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“In just the past five years, the gold mining industry produced more gold than what the world mines supplied for 400 years, from 1500-1900.” SRSrocco report •••
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And why? “the energy content in one barrel of oil equals 10,000-20,000 hours of human labor.” -same article
 
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“The University of Cambridge recently launched an index for tracking the electricity consumption from Bitcoin mining. The data provides interesting insights into the profitability and environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining.” •••
 
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Jeffrey A. Tucker, a brilliant writer on liberty, explains in this video ••• how he knew from reading books on money that Bitcoin was not important, and how later he discovered that the world was a better teacher than books. When watching, pay attention to the pictures of the audience.
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Wendy McElroy interviews ••• Jeffrey A. Tucker.
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McElroy is the author of recently published The Satoshi Revolution: A revolution of rising expectations •••
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“From Drugs to Gold and Prostitution, the Blockchain Minimizes Violence” ••• by McElroy
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Ashe Oro’s interviews, on Liberty Entrepreneurs ••• (podcasts), with people who have made important contributions to the development of the crypto world.
 
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Lincoln as Jefferson’s greatest student — a thesis of Harry Jaffa
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“Why Did Harry Jaffa Change His Mind?” ••• by David Tucker, published 03 Jul 19 by Liberty Fund’s ••• “Law & Liberty” •••
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Jaffa wrote Crisis of the House Divided in 1959, and A New Birth of Freedom in 2000. The two books offer a significantly different understanding of the relationship between Lincoln and Jefferson.
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“New Birth presented the founding as already containing this transcendent morality, expressed especially in Jefferson’s insistence on a majority rule guided by the “sacred principle” that that rule “to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” This sacred principle, Jaffa now argued, was contained in the declaration of human equality that founded the country. Whereas Crisis presented Lincoln as overcoming Jefferson, New Birth presented Lincoln as Jefferson’s greatest student.”
 
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What is to be done ••• — a 100-word explanation of the work of ∮forge, i.e. integrating forges, by Leif Smith.
 
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Candace Owens ••• interviews ••• Nigel Farage ••• Party •••
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Farage has made a startling difference in British politics in the last few years, especially with his less than a year old Brexit Party. Good to see Candace extend her range. The Candace Owens show is now part of Prager U. •••
 
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June, 2019
 
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The Journal of Special Jurisdictions ••• a new venture of the Institute for Competitive Governance ••• has published a call for papers •••. Joseph McKinney ••• publisher, Tom W. Bell ••• Editor-in-Chief
 
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Hugh Hewitt interviews ••• (30-minute audio) Larry Arnn ••• about Winston S. Churchill and the massive work just brought to a conclusion at Hillsdale College’s Churchill Project ••• (31 volumes of biography ••• and documents have been completed)
 
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Alan Macfarlane’s ••• Understanding the English, A personal A-Z, has been published ••• (Amazon)
 
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What is to be done? ••• — a 100-word explanation of the work of ∮forge, i.e. integrating forges.
 
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Charles Koch has begun a collaboration ••• with George Soros to fight online extremism.
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“Stop obsessing over George Soros and the Koch brothers” ••• by Dalibor Rohac
••• at American Enterprise Institute •••
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Charles Koch Institute, Guiding Principles •••
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Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty ••• by Daniel Schulman
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Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies ••• by Charles G. Koch
 
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Hyseas Energy® ••• is devoted to marine hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
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Contributing scientific work is going on at Colorado School of Mines.
 
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John Petersen, “Long-Range EVs Are the Antithesis of Efficiency and Sustainability” ••• : impossible quantities of materials needed to electrify transportation
 
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“The hashgraph consensus algorithm has captured the mind of people globally by providing a fast, fair, and secure mechanism to quickly reach agreement in a distributed environment.” —a 48 minute presentation ••• (YouTube) with Dr. Leemon Baird, inventor of hashgraph
 
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Innovation: how incentives vary in small and large groups: “Why Structure Eats Culture for Lunch” ••• taken from Loonshots ••• by Safi Bahcall •••
 
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Vitaliy Katsenelson, in his Contrarian Edge ••• posted “Idealist, I Am” ••• about a Ukrainian comedy, “The Servant of the People,” a case of reality following story:
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“My wife and I recently watched a Ukrainian comedy series. A history teacher is caught on video delivering a passionate rant about the sorry state of Ukrainian politics. The video gets posted on YouTube by his students; it goes viral; and the history teacher gets elected president of Ukraine.
“The show is called The Servant of the People. (You can watch season one on Netflix; it has English subtitles). The series depicts the fight of an idealist outsider against a corrupt system run by oligarchs. Despite at times being an over-the-top comedy, the show does a great job of showing the sorry state of the Ukrainian political system and the weaknesses – and potential – of its economy. Unlike Russia, where in dictatorial fashion all the power is concentrated at the top with Putin, Ukraine has a much messier but also very corrupt democracy where the country is run and appropriated by oligarchs.”
 
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‘“The aim and final end of all music,” Bach once said, “should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” Whatever your metaphysical convictions, refreshment of the soul can be the aim of your work, like Bach’s.’ ••• — from a profound article about the trajectory of a good life, written by Arthur C. Brooks, published in Atlantic, July 2019. vEudaimonia
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This article has a strong relationship with the work of Robert K. Greenleaf on servant leadership ••• … Isabel Lopez ••• a teacher of servant leadership, Denver.
 
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How to Accelerate the Pace of Exploration and Economic Development of Space, a study by Jeff Greason and James C. Bennett ••• published by the Reason Foundation
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‘Study argues for a new era of exploration. The Reason Foundation has published a study on how best to accelerate the current era of exploration and economic development of space. The report outlines a 10-year plan in which the private sector assumes responsibility for all space transportation, large payload launch vehicles and launch operations, in-space facilities, and more. The Reason Foundation is a libertarian think tank. … NASA moves into a VC mode ... Led by Jeff Greason and James Bennett, the study says US space activity should become more commerce focused. What would NASA do? "NASA in this new paradigm would operate more as a venture capitalist, making an investment in the infrastructure that serves both government and commercial transportation needs and fosters an industry that is increasingly self-sustaining financially," the study suggests.”’ —Ars Technica •••
 
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Battle Rap •••: John Papola, Emergent Order ••• on their upcoming rap video “Mises vs. Marx” done in collaboration with the American Institute for Economic Research •••
 
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Magatte Wade’s ••• Skin is Skin ••• is devoted to cultural curiosity, the elimination of stereotypes ••• (Magatte’s Manifesto), and utilization of the resources of Senegal ••• (video, Made in Mékhé)
 
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In episode 2 of CFACT’s “Conservation Nation” YouTube series, host Gabriella Hoffman interviews Leon Boyd and his volunteers who have been working to make reclaimed coal fields in Virginia suitable habitat for growing numbers of elk.
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“Saving elk with coal mine reclamation” •••
 
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“Welcome to Libra ••• The Libra mission: A simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people. Reinvent money. Transform the global economy. So people everywhere can live better lives.” — worth watching. Is this part of the evolution of freeorder? If so, what part does it play?
 
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An anonymous writer has clearly explained the essence of Bitcoin:
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“Satoshi Nakamoto’s—not Craig Wright’s—Bitcoin protocol emerged shortly after the 2008 financial crisis and was designed to free the world from the death grip of government-issued fiat currency and eliminate the need for third-party transactions. Satoshi, whoever he or she was, wanted their peer-to-peer currency to maintain many of the same properties that made gold the ideal medium exchange for thousands of years.
“Like gold, Bitcoin’s supply is finite and scare, costly to produce and immune to manipulation, scalable, and doesn’t tarnish. But what makes Bitcoin truly revolutionary is the fact that it is decentralized, it’s controlled and maintained via the consensus of its users, and it is digital. It cannot be shut down or controlled by any government, it can be sent anywhere in the world, and it is impervious to inflation. It is truly the sound money that the world has been craving since the rise of national fiat currency during the past two centuries.”
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The above from “Bitcoin vs Facebook Coin: Should Bitcoin Hodlers Care About Facebook Coin?” ••• published by CoinGape •••
 
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FIRE’s ••• annual student conference ••• is a weekend-long workshop designed to teach students about their rights on campus — and to provide the tools to defend them.
 
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Two intelligent sane people daring to be rational in a world overcome with nonsense. Candace Owens interviews Lauren Chen. A massive pendulum begins to swing the other way. The interview •••
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Critical commentary by Pat Wagner
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I watched some of this but not all. So my remarks are not fair. Take them with a grain of salt. I will just address what I know.
First off, as a libertarian, I don't like laws that legally force diversity. The State of Iowa requires gender balance in their local governing boards. Yes, there is an out if locals make a good faith effort for three months to fill a position. And I understand the frustration of why the legislation was put into place. However, if someone tried to legislate diversity issues in the entertainment industry, I would not support their efforts, however well-intentioned.
Okay, my two cents...
The shabby and demeaning history of how different groups of people have been represented in popular culture, particularly movies and television, and how actors and people behind the scenes have been treated for decades, is well-documented, in my opinion. Although some of the current arguments about culture diversity make me uncomfortable, I am for the most part glad that things are changing. I think the word "forced" is a little over-the-top and does not apply to many of the events occurring in the entertainment world.
For example, growing up on the South Side of Chicago, it was pretty obvious that movies about big cities, like New York and Chicago, magically did not have any black people on the screen, unless they were maids and chauffeurs, or portrayed as comic relief. Most kids of color grew up never seeing someone who looked like them outside of a few stereotypical roles. Ethnicity, except as a joke, was not common. And all those really bizarre movies where white folks in bad make-up played Asians, and Jews and Italians in very bad dark make-up played native Americans, and actors with ethnic names had to hide with name changes, bleached hair, and a care not to sound too whatever.
What has made the positive changes? Technology made it easy for people to make movies and tv shows outside of the studio and network monoliths. Some successful white actors and directors promoted minorities. Minorities were able to become directors and producers. The culture changed. Etc.
Today, it might seem like there is no problem anymore. But there are many people who feel, right or wrong, that they need to play catch up still. I understand why some outspoken proponents of diversity might seem to have universal - and very large - chips on their shoulders. I give them a break. Things will settle down.
I think that being compassionate and good-humored is a better way to coax people away from some of these radical stances. What I consider smug criticism just drives them into more radical positions.
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Here is one of my favorite stories about breakthroughs from not so long ago.
 
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Restorative Justice •••, Longmont, Colorado
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“Longmont police have found they can impact offenders without charging and arresting them for their crimes. The city’s restorative justice program, run by the Longmont Community Justice Partnership ••• has become known nationally for its unique model and close ties to the city’s law enforcement.”
 
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Tank Man ••• a movie written and directed by Robert Anthony Peters ••• (Facebook)
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“Tank Man is a short film that was inspired by the actions of a single man who was willing to thwart the progress of one of the most powerful governments on the planet. Millions have been inspired by the photos and video footage capturing his brave stand.” The film was in part supported by Taliesin Nexus •••
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As reported ••• by The Library of Economics and Liberty •••
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Ari Armstrong ••• interviews ••• the maker of Tank Man.
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“Writer and Director Robert Anthony Peters discusses his short film, Tank Man, in the context of Chinese politics. Peters, an actor as well, also offers advice to young actors, discusses his advocacy of liberty, and outlines what in Stoicism he finds valuable.”
 
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Lessons from the Richest Duck in the World: Economics in Three Duck Tales •••
 
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Arava Institute: Gaza: Israeli’s and Palestinians working together
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From Arava’s director: “… quick transition from lamenting about the current nightmare faced by Gazans and Israelis who live close to Gaza, to the question of how do we solve some of the basic problems contributing to the conflict, is what exemplifies our approach. We cannot stop the current violence but we believe that if we are successful in cooperatively resolving basic WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) issues in Gaza, this will make life more bearable for Gazans and lead to a shift in the relationship between Gaza/Palestine and Israel.” ••• (Arava’s director, David Lehrer’s blog, 12May19)
 
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The “Graduation Approach” to curing poverty is described by Nicholas Kristof in a New York Times article •••, May 29, 2019, about his visit to TrickleUp ••• projects in Paraguay. The key is “hope” arising from and based on personal accomplishment. TrickleUp gets the flow going with small gifts made in response to simple proposals to start a small business.
 
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“The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch” ••• by Jeff Greason and James C. Bennett June 5, 2019 — Here are cooperative ways for government agencies and the private sector to promote widespread commercialization of space transportation and accelerate the pace of exploration and economic development of space.
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“America’s future success in space depends on restructuring our approach for financial sustainability. While NASA has contracted with the private sector for innovation and cost savings, it continues to use the same antiquated and constraining structure that was first developed for exploring space. This carries an opportunity cost that slows the private sector’s plans to harness space’s many viable materials and properties, compared to the pace it could attain with a more market-friendly approach. Such activities could help solve Earth’s most pressing problems and foster a space industry that sustains itself financially.”
 
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Explorers Foundation Investment in Gary Hoover and the American Business History Center
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May 2019, Denver, Colorado
The Explorers Foundation, Inc. has presented a Cobden-Bright award to Gary Hoover, entrepreneur, historian and teacher, to support the development of The American Business History Center.
The Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, created by Hoover and his associates, will be devoted to the study, popularization, and celebration of business, and entrepreneurial history.  
The Center’s purpose is to create and sponsor outreach programs including social media, speeches, video and audio presentations, tours, and books and other printed and digital articles and publications.
The Center will include a business history research library and public museum in historic Flatonia, Texas.
The Explorers Foundation advocates the discovery processes inherent in voluntary markets, where entrepreneurs contribute and learn as they seek to utilize resources in ways that deliver more and better for less. 
Understanding the history of business as a fabric of discovery, woven of successes and failures, is essential to the continuation of civilization. Learned tomes are essential, but they are not enough. The message must fly on the wings of story.
Explorers Foundation on Gary Hoover
Richard Cobden & John Bright 
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"We find our place in the world through land and stories, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library ••• unites our passion for both." - Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States.
 
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First use of the word Anglosphere: “The tiny old houses and flats of this once impoverished quarter had mostly been refurbished into toeholds for young Atlantans from all around the Anglosphere, poor in equity but rich in expectations, who had come to the great city to incubate their careers.” —Page 410 of The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson, 1995, paperback edition by Bantam Books. This is probably the first use of the word Anglosphere (occurs only once in the book), later made a staple of political/economic discourse by James C. Bennett’s The Anglosphere Challenge, 2004. vAnglosphere
 
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Future Frontiers •••, June 7-9, Austin, Texas — CRITICIZE BY CREATING. 3 days. 600+ attendees. 30+ speakers. A gathering to explore the future of self, culture and society. Join innovative change-makers envisioning radically beautiful possibilities for humanity. Back for the 6th Year — for context see Social Evolution •••, a non-profit created by Max Borders.
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May, 2019
 
What unites philosophers of science — if anything does — is an insatiable interest in ideas and in their history. … I mean, of course, abstract ideas … that is, theories, hypotheses, conjectures, and other ‘notions’, in every state of their development, from groping and confused ideas to clearly and sharply formulated ones …” —Karl R. Popper, in The World of Parmenidies: Essays on the Presocratic Enlightenment •••, essay 7: “Beyond the Search for Invariants”. Popper’s idea of conjectures and refutations is essential to understanding emergence as meant in Explorers Foundation pages. -ls
 
“Art is the creation of forms expressive of human feeling.” —Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form ••• (pdf of the book) vBeethoven
 
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Conrad Black’s Canadian Manifesto: How One Frozen Country Can Save the World •••. “Black's Manifesto reminds us who we were and, therefore, who we are. In doing so, he lays the groundwork for us to consider who we might yet become.” —Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto, Author of 12 Rules for Life
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“The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.” –Winston Churchill
 
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‘… data suggests that we are not seeing a great “return to the city” but, with few exceptions, a continued movement out to the suburbs and less dense cities, nota­bly in the sunbelt.’ —“The New Shame of Our Cities” ••• by Joel Kotkin ••• May 2019, in newgeography •••
 
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Pyotr Patrushev, his life and work ••• — a remarkable and admirable man. He is remembered, and missed. -ls ~thanks to Alice Messerer for today’s update
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Pyotr Patrushev was a simultaneous interpreter, journalist, writer, and polymath. He interpreted for Australian Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and John Howard when they met with their counterparts Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin and other heads of State.
Pyotr grew up in a small Siberian town, Kolpashevo  near the Soviet forced labour camp at Narymsky. He showed a remarkable resilience of the human spirit, making himself a fighter, brilliant communicator, and a thinker.
A pacifist at heart, Pyotr escaped from the Soviet army at the age of 18 and then he escaped from the Soviet psychiatric hospital where he had been committed  and was about to undergo torture by drugs. Finally, he fled Russia by swimming from Batumi in Georgia. This escape was unique as no other refugee had been able to survive the Black Sea swim to Turkey.
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The Transcendent Ape ••• by Pyotr Patrushev (Kindle edition, $0.99)
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“I describe the human predicament in the bigger framework of evolutionary history: that of a mammal and a primate who was subjected to extraordinary selective pressures that led to his survival in the current form, with the potential for genocide and ecocide, as well as for the highest artistic and intellectual achievement,” wrote Patrushev.
“This is a Big History of humanity’s inner predicament under the microscope, shining a sharp, personal, often humorous and sympathetic light on the foibles and follies of religion, mysticism and cults as well as on several millennia of constructive ratiocination about the human condition. Were Darwin alive, he could not have suppressed a gentle chuckle.” —Dr Peter King, University of Sydney.
 
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention ••• by William Rosen •••
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Mike Lotus comments: Very Anglospheric. Describes the various elements, including law and culture and philosophy as well as science and technology, which led, specifically in England, to the appearance of steam power and what we call the Exit. Good use of comparative method comparing England to France and Germany though he could have done more. Cites to Mokyr. Fully consistent with Alan Macfarlane’s analysis. Written in a breezy style, but substantive.
 
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“Conquest of the Land Through Seven Thousand Years” ••• by W. C. Lowdermilk U. S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, February 1948 —link provided by Jim McNelly of Renewable Carbon Management ••• (the video at top of this page is a good intro to Jim’s work on soil restoration)
 
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A Classic Encounter ••• (Meetup): Anatomy in Clay & Tai Chi, Denver, Monday, 3 Jun 2019
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“One of the most graceful forms of traditional self-defense, Tai Chi involves flowing movements and breathing techniques that promote physical and mental well-being, enhance balance, improve aerobic capacity, and increase flexibility.
“The non-profit Anatomy In Clay® Centers ••• presents a unique opportunity to learn about Tai Chi within the perspective of human anatomy. Steve Elliott, founder of Great Blue Heron Tai Chi ••• in Longmont and a student of Tai Chi for more than 30 years, will partner with Jon Zahourek for this special interactive event.
“Steve will guide participants in several traditional Tai Chi moves, accompanied by a narrative from Jon, who will lead participants in building the muscles of the rotator cuff in clay, using a scale model of the human shoulder. The human skeleton and its muscles are key actors in the low impact activity that characterizes the Tai Chi system.”
 
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Russia bought 18.7 tons of gold bullion in March 2019 ••• [ZeroHedge]. Russia’s official gold holdings are now 2,150.5 tons which as a percent of foreign exchange reserves in gold is 19.1% (see table) —from M. Olsen, author of books on precious metals, at 4preciousmetals.com vMulligan
 
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Tolkien: “This biographical study arose from a single observation: how strange it is that J. R. R. Tolkien should have embarked upon his monumental mythology in the midst of the First World War, the crisis of disenchantment that shaped the modern era.” —First paragraph of the Preface to John Garth’s ••• Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth.
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Key phrase: “… the crisis of disenchantment that shaped the modern era.” The disenchantment was deep and endures. By what means can the face of that terrible cliff from which our entire civilization fell into darkness be scaled so that we may again hope to walk in Churchill’s ‘sunlit uplands’? This is a task every ∮forge must ponder.
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A fine essay on Tolkien and his work: “Tolkien Film Fails to Capture the Majesty of His Achievement” ••• by Joseph Loconte, in National Review, 9 May 2019
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glyph#001 "Inklings of Another World", by Mary McDermott Shideler - The significance of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
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‘It is good for us to confront steadily the ugliness in our world, to follow the histories of anti-heroes, to explore the caverns of meaninglessness, and to be confined within the secular city. But eyes that are fully dark-adapted will be blinded by sunlight, and the imagination and intellect that can discern every subtle variation among evils may not be able to discriminate at all between evil and good. As G. K. Chesterton once said: "we are face to face with the problem of a human consciousness filled with very definite images of evil, and with no definite images of good." But neither physically nor mentally is man a nocturnal creature. He is not only able to see light; he hungers for it; and when he finds it, he runs forth to call his friends to see it and share his joy. So it is when the Inklings dazzle our eyes with their appeal to our imaginations and their definite images of good. "Come, look for yourselves. Take and read.”’ —Shideler
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Benjamin Anderson ••• in 1949 wrote: “Those who have an adult’s recollection and an adult’s understanding of the world which preceded the first World War look back upon it with a great nostalgia. There was a sense of security then which has never since existed.” —first sentences of chapter 1, Anderson’s Economics and the Public Welfare ••• (free pdf from Mises Institute, Forward by Henry Hazlitt)
 
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American Business History Center ••• : become a founding member by the end of May 2019
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Quotations introducing the Center: “The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.” –Winston Churchill; “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards” –Steve Jobs
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This project inspired us to present to Gary Hoover •••, a principal creator of the History Center, an Explorers Foundation Cobden-Bright Award ••• accompanied by a donation to be invested in the Center.
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freeorder, in part, depends on a continuous discovery process called “the market,” to which entrepreneurs contribute by seeking to combine resources in ways that deliver more for less. Success results in profit, failure in loss. Productive resources accumulate in the hands of those who profit. What we choose to buy, or not to buy, eventually determines the allocation of all capital not stolen. •••
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Understanding the history of business as a fabric of discovery, woven of successes and failures, is essential to the continuation of civilization. Learned tomes are essential, but they are not enough. The message must fly on the wings of story. So to the pens and cameras of the American Business History Center!
 
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Foxes and Hedgehogs — “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” — a fragment from a text of the seventh century B.C. Greek poet, Archilochus, resurrected by Sir Isaiah Berlin in 1951.
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“The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History” ••• (the complete essay) London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson; New York: Simon and Schuster. Expanded version of ‘Lev Tolstoy’s Historical Scepticism’, Oxford Slavonic Papers, 2, 1951: 17–54. Reprinted in Berlin 2008; 2nd edition, ed. Henry Hardy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
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See Claudio Véliz, Gothic Fox, below, page 11.
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“The Peculiar Blindness of Experts: Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable forecasting is possible” by David Epstein ••• The Atlantic, June 2019
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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World ••• (Amazon, good summary) by David Epstein, Riverhead Books (May 28, 2019)
 
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The New World of the Gothic Fox: Culture and Economy in English and Spanish America ••• by Claudio Véliz, University of California Press, 1994 —a superb book on the benefits of freeorder.
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Also by Claudio Véliz: “Pope Francis and Peron’s Last Hurrah” ••• Quadrant Magazine, February 2016
 
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Walter E. Williams ••• on Thomas Sowell’s ••• Discrimination and Disparities - reviewed ••• in “The Independent Review” •••
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“My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of "Discrimination and Disparities." It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human differences not only in the United States but around the globe.”
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“Discrimination and Disparities” ••• in Townhall, May 1, 2019 by Walter E. Williams
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“Discrimination and Disparities II” ••• in Townhall, May 8, 2019 by Walter E. Williams
 
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Global Greengrants ••• reports ••• that an indigenous Amazonian tribe has been protected against land confiscation.
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On April 26, 2019, the Waorani, an Indigenous tribe who call the Ecuadorian Amazon home, celebrated a major victory against big oil. The court ruled in favor of the Waorani, indefinitely blocking the entry of oil companies onto ancestral Amazonian land for oil exploration activities. The verdict effectively protects half a million acres of precious rainforest from being auctioned off for oil activity, and it sets a critical and historic precedent for Free, Prior and Informed Consent for other Indigenous groups across Ecuador. The ruling is also a major setback in the Ecuadorian government’s plans to extract oil across the south central Amazon.
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Full account ••• from Amazon Frontlines •••
 
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CFACT ••• reports that big oil contributes nothing to their skeptical assessment of anthropogenic global warming claims, but is a major source of funding for green programs.
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‘Climate alarmists often accuse skeptics, like myself and independent groups like CFACT, of being in the pay of Big Oil. This is completely false — we do not receive even a dime from them. It is part of the green fairy tale that skepticism only exists because the oil companies are funding it. That Exxon-Mobil threw a few million at various skeptical causes prior to 2007 is the standard example, but that was many years ago. They have stopped sending any money whatsoever to skeptical causes since then. So I did some digging and the reality turns out to be just the opposite. In fact the big oil companies are putting at least a billion dollars into alarmist projects and lobbying. Of course they have good commercial reasons, which are killing coal and making natural gas more “climate friendly.” After all, Big Oil is also Big Gas.’ —David Wojick, in “Big Oil Goes Green” •••
 
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"Whoever is fortunate enough to be an American citizen came into the greatest inheritance man has ever enjoyed. He has had the benefit of every heroic and intellectual effort men have made for many thousands of years, realized at last. If Americans should now turn back, submit again to slavery, it would be a betrayal so base the human race might better perish."
Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine (1943), p. 292. —posted by Paul Jacob ••• on Common Sense •••
 
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Three Women Banished Fear: Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand: Three Women Who Inspired the Modern Libertarian Movement ••• Jim Powell ••• 1996
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“Liberty was in full retreat in the early 1940s. Tyrants oppressed or threatened people on every continent. Western intellectuals whitewashed mass murderers like Joseph Stalin, and Western governments expanded their power with Soviet-style central planning. Fifty million people were killed in the war that raged in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The United States, seemingly the last hope for liberty, was drawn into it.
“Established American authors who defended liberty were a dying breed. H.L. Mencken had turned away from bitter politics to write his memoirs, while others like Albert Jay Nock and Garet Garrett were mired in pessimism.
“Amidst the worst of times, three bold women banished fear.”
 
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This High School's 'Political Radicalism' Class Lets Students Hear From Far-Right and Far-Left Speakers ••• by Lenore Skenazy •••, Reason magazine •••
 
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Matt Kibbe’s Free the People •••
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“Rush’s 2112 Album Paved the Way to Liberty” ••• April 1, 2019, by Matt Kibbe
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Matt’s interview of Magatte Wade ••• - “Peace, Love, and Tolerance in Senegal” ••• How Africa might save America (listen to the entire interview) -ls
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“George Westinghouse: Servant Leader, Inventor, Captain of Industry” ••• by Gary Hoover ••• for Archbridge Institute •••
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“His father owned a machine shop, but young George Westinghouse had no interest in doing what he was told. Obsessed with his own inventions and ideas, George earned his first patent at the age of nineteen. When he died forty-eight years later, he held over four hundred patents—granted one on average every six weeks throughout his life—and was working on an electric wheelchair idea. Like Thomas Edison, Westinghouse was a prolific inventor, but unlike Edison he successfully built and ran multiple great enterprises employing tens of thousands of workers. Those workers were treated better than at almost any other industrial employer of the era. His companies registered over one thousand patents. George Westinghouse always dreamed big and acted boldly, focused on the biggest issues in technology, attributes seen again today in dreamers like Elon Musk. This is his story.”
 
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Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership •••
 
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WebLog of Barbara Johnson: The Cold War Warrior •••
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“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” ~Kahlil Gibran
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“This Blog is about the learning. It is also about the men and women from all the cold wars who worked so hard for something they believed in and played so hard they forgot the pain. They were the Cold War Warriors. They lived at missile sites, on nuclear subs, sat on little and not so little islands that were either too hot or too cold but always isolated. They were the doers and the watchers. Oh, by the way, they still are.” ~Barbara Johnson
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From a recent post: Walls and their Straphangers •••
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“Walls support the straphangers of “things” in life.  Walls spin tales of what existed, what is and what might be in that life or the lives of those who live within the walls.  Homes of the 300 plus million people of the United States of America host walls containing a living archeological record of individual residents.  And they are as unique as each person.” … “Walls in our home are such a record. On a mint green wall in a room reserved for writing and drawing hangs a watercolor, a gift from a treasured friend.  Other walls boast family pictures, oil paintings by a long-dead Aunt, images of the dogs, cats and goats who have graced our lives, marionettes from the kids’ youth, and Tom’s photographs. One wall, however, is mine alone.  The framed pictures gracing that space are chosen from my past to remind me of what once was and what must never be again if I can stop it. It is a personal bookmark in history and reminds me that the ‘Arc of the Moral Universe’ [a link worth following -ls] may be long, but it bends toward justice; toward the positive.”
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This post contains a discussion of General Stanley McChrystal’s final rejection of his early hero, Robert E. Lee.
 
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Fungi Perfecti ••• reports ••• (Oct 2018): “Mycelium extracts of polypore mushrooms (Reishi and Amadou) have been shown to confer an immune benefit to bees. This research provides an actionable solution against the stressors threatening bee populations and, in turn, food biosecurity around the world. We’re proud to continue our work in the field of applied mycology to help people and planet.” vLeopold
 
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“WhereTo and Why - the Co-Evolution of Art, Science, and Technology” ••• (GoogleDocs) Mark Frazier •••, 2019 B-Futures Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina. An introduction to homo narrans, benefactor of successors to homo sapiens, of whom they are one.
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I think Arthur C. Clarke would have liked this paper. -ls
 
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Excellent on the practical application of Blockchain and Ethereum: An interview ••• with Dr. Tyler Smith ••• of ConsenSys ••• by Russ Capper, on Houston’s HighDrive.
 
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“Politics by Other Means: The Use and Abuse of Scandal” ••• by John Marini ••• writing for Hillsdale’s ••• “Imprimus” •••
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“Our country was divided at the time of Watergate, as it remains divided today, over how we should be governed, and thus over what constitutes a good and just regime. Is the modern administrative state—the progressive innovation that took shape in the New Deal and was greatly expanded in the Great Society—the just and proper way to govern? Or is it just and proper to govern through the political structures established by the Constitution? Does the regulation of Americans’ economic and social lives by a centralized bureaucracy establish the moral justification for government? Or does the underlying principle of American constitutionalism—the principle that the power of government must be limited and directed to the protection of its citizens’ natural rights—remain valid?” —John Marini, for Imprimis
 
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Peter Ridd: Great Barrier Reef fails to be destroyed as required by some academic studies, widely distributed. In February we posted:
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“The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science” ••• Piers Larcombe, Peter Ridd — background, then a challenge to studies of Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Professor Ridd’s university attempted to shut down his criticism of studies claiming destruction of the reef; when that failed they fired him. Now, an Australian judge has vindicated him •••
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‘“The Court rules that the 17 findings made by the University, the two speech directions, the five confidentiality directions, the no satire direction, the censure and the final censure given by the University and the termination of employment of Professor Ridd by the University were all unlawful,” Judge Vasta said.’ ••• (full legal judgement)
 
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Global Greengrants ••• led us to this inspiring project, “Solar-Powered Transportation Through the Amazon Rainforest” ••• and to this beautiful video ••• (4-minutes, Vimeo) by Kara Solar ••• vLeopold
 
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Sara Westfall interviews Dr. Bill Andrews and Dr. Jeff Mathis, both of Libella Gene Therapeutics •••, about their work to completely reverse aging ••• (YouTube). vMethuselah
 
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Liberty lovers and famous libertarian activists will be gathering in the beautiful city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from June 6–9, 2019 to discuss and celebrate freedom at the Liberty International World Conference. Hosted by Atlas Network partner Silk Road Foundation, the conference will feature a vibrant learning and networking environment in a breathtaking city. The Silk Road Foundation is an NGO established in 2013 that focuses on promoting free markets, individual liberty, and a limited government in Mongolia.
Liberty International is one of the premier conferences for libertarians around the world to connect and share ideas. With the stated goal of inspiring the creation and growth of regional networks, as well as grassroots organizations, the conference provides valuable training to classical liberals across the globe. The Liberty International conference has previously been hosted in 24 different countries. Some previous cities include Athens, Rome, Berlin, and San Francisco.
 
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“The Return of the Space Visionaries: How space tycoons are bringing back the dream of truly settling the ‘high frontier’ — and how policy can catch up” ••• Rand Simberg, The New Atlantis ••• — history and future of entrepreneurial ventures in space technology.
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Rand tells us that in 1894 John Jacob Astor IV ••• wrote a science-fiction novel Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future ••• in which this is found:
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“We are all tired of being stuck to this cosmical speck, with its monotonous ocean, leaden sky, and single moon that is useless more than half the time, while its size is so microscopic compared with the universe that we can traverse its great circle in four days. Its possibilities are exhausted; and just as Greece became too small for the civilization of the Greeks, and as reproduction is growth beyond the individual, so it seems to me that the future glory of the human race lies in exploring at least the solar system, without waiting to become shades.”
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Among many interesting references, he also cites an astonishing article published in 1929 by Irish author J. D. Bernal, lecturer in structural crystallography, Cambridge University: “The World, The Flesh and the Devil “••• a work that science-fiction luminary Arthur C. Clarke later called “the most brilliant attempt at scientific prediction ever made.”
 
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During Abbasid Dynasty, 750-1000 CE, about 131-390 AH, almost all the Greek works in medicine, mathematics, and natural philosophy were translated into Arabic, a work carried on in Baghdad, involving almost the entire elite of that city, through private efforts not funded by political means. See “Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science” ••• Hillel Ofek, The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Science •••. vIjtihad
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KAUS: A Saudi experiment in education: “The University the King Built” ••• Waleed Al-Shobakky, The New Atlantis
 
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“The sovereign microstate known as Liberland has recently minted a new token called merit (LLM) and the coin has been added to the Altilly exchange. Merit is a token built on top of the Bitcoin Cash chain and was issued using the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) on March 11.” •••
 
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Networks and Power : Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook ••• (Penguin/Random House) - science and history bearing on the evolution of freeorder. Reviews ••• New York Times; ••• National Review
 
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Jameson Campaigne sent a link to this by Joshua T. Charles: “Founding Fathers: Without Virtue There Is No Freedom” ••• published in The Epoch Times, with the comment: “A fine primer on the relation between virtue + liberty -- for youngsters”
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Joshua T. Charles ••• “If you care about America’s Founding principles, Western Civilization, Israel/Middle East, or the Catholic Faith—meet one of America’s top Millennial Speakers and Writers.”
 
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Q and Anons - if you’ve been wondering, two articles by Martin Geddes will explain.
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First, please understand that no one around here has any real knowledge about this. Might be some or a lot of truth; might all be a carnival sideshow.
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“WWG1WGA: The greatest communications event in history” •••
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“Q is Military Intelligence (so pay attention)” •••
 
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Network Neutrality - Paul Matzko ••• offers an explanation ••• contrasting the financial interests of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet Content Providers (ICPs)
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“Clearly, there is no default corporate position on net neutrality. Instead, companies are generally divided on the issue along an ISP vs ICP faultline.”
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“Broadband service quality: Rationing or markets?” ••• Martin Geddes, Martin Geddes Consulting Ltd •••
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‘We can successfully reframe the policy problem to achieve a far fairer social and economic outcome. To do so, we must strip purely technical concerns of unwise and irrelevant emotive language. Terms like “discriminate”, “throttle” and “violate” are used to fan public outrage, but come overladen with unhelpful semantic baggage. We need a new policy lexicon, one that clearly separates mechanistic network processes from orthogonal economic and legal issues.’ —Martin Geddes
 
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Teaching Entrepreneurial Skills, Tolerance, Reconciliation to Youth in Palestine, an event ••• organized by Pal-Think for Strategic Studies ••• in Gaza, Palestine
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Pal-Think’s Work to Foster Nonviolent Culture Wins 2018 Mena Liberty Award •••
 
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We have sent $100 to Mises Institute to help them publish the lost volume 5 of Murray N. Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty. “The fifth volume •••, entitled ‘The New Republic, 1784–1791,’ charts the course from the freeing of the 13 states from British mercantilism to their shackling with a new American form of it. … Murray sees the Constitution, not as a document enshrining liberty, but as the charter of a new, powerful, centralized government designed by Madison, Hamilton, and their cohorts in a coup at Philadelphia.”
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Rothbard’s history shows how competitive aspirational tyrannies finally created the heat to inspire the distillation of essence of liberty. North America served as a kind of Philosophers Stone. -ls
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glyph 604 The Independent Whig - writings of Trenchard and Gordon: early sparks of liberty, 1720-21, New York State
 
WSC: “It is really intolerable the way these civil departments browse onwards like a horde of injurious locusts.” —from Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts, pg. 327
 
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Iain Murray : Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg on regulation; 2) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
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“Facebook Moves on from ‘Move Fast and Break Things,’ Calls for Regulation” ••• Apr 3, 2019
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“Many of the policies Zuckerberg proposes are unconstitutional in the U.S. Others are simply bad policy. Yet, all of them, if enacted globally, could have catastrophic consequences for liberty, free speech, and democracy.”
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“CFPB [Consumer Finance Protection Bureau] Is an Offense to the Constitution: Time to Abolish It” ••• Nov 28, 2017
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: “… Dodd-Frank’s attempt to create an all-powerful independent executive agency flouts constitutional norms. The Constitution vests the power to execute the laws and appoint high-level officials in the President, not in bureaucrats. The Constitution vests the power to allocate taxpayer money in the Congress, not the Federal Reserve.”
 
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Inspired by Hayek’s “Postscript: Why I Am Not a Conservative," to The Constitution of Liberty, to find a word for our ongoing work to support liberty, and failing to find one of adequate breadth and evocative power, I propose that freeorder may serve. It names a deep concept binding together kinds of order with the word, quest, signifying personal and shared adventures that make life worthwhile. Those who share the vision of freeorder will open gates of the possible.
 
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Collectivism in all forms (excluding voluntary) is harmful to explorers, and it is too often fatal to anyone who seeks truth.
 
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The Epoch Times — criticizes by creating
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The Epoch Times, published by The Epoch Times Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to seeking the truth through insightful and independent journalism.
We stand outside of political interests and the pursuit of profit, to educate readers about today’s most critical issues with the intention of broadening minds and uplifting society. A well-informed society is the cornerstone of a flourishing democracy.
Being independent, we investigate issues overlooked—or avoided—by other media outlets. We do this because we believe journalism must play the role of being truly responsible to society.
We strive to highlight solutions and what’s good in society rather than the conflicts that divide us. We recognize the value of the traditional arts and their ability to inspire humankind towards its highest ideals.
In our newsroom and our reporting, we are committed to being honest, respectful, and compassionate.
We stand against the systematic destruction of traditional culture by destructive ideologies such as communism, which continues to harm societies around the world.
We are inspired in this mission by our own experience. The Epoch Times was founded in 2000 to bring honest and uncensored news to people oppressed by the lies and violence of communism.
Fulfilling this mission is our passion and our greatest honor.
 
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A treasury of interviews ••• with F. A. Hayek, by Axel Leijonhufvud, Leo Rosten, James Buchanan, Armen Alchian, Robert Bork, Tom Hazlett, Bob Chitester, Earlene Craver, Jack High. vFreeorder
 
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“How Western Civilization Enabled Silicon Valley” ••• (video, 37 minutes) a talk by venture capitalist John Chisholm delivered at a Mannkal Foundation ••• conference in Australia, 2018 vBlackstone
 
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“Is Sharia Compatible with a Free Society,” a recorded (30 Jun 2018) talk ••• by M. Abul Ahrar Ramizpoor ••• of Islam and Liberty Network ••• vIjtihad.com
~thanks to Jeffrey Max Jones for finding this talk
 
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Charlemagne, Muhammad, and the Arab Roots of Capitalism, Gene W. Heck, published by Kalima, Abu Dhabi vIjtihad
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“Presented in six principal analytic chapters with supporting appendices, this book explores the role of Islam in precipitating Europe’s twelfth century commercial renaissance. Employing the classic analytic techniques of economics, Gene Heck determines that medieval Europe’s feudal interregnum was largely caused by indigenous governmental business regulation and not by shifts in international trade patterns. He then proceeds by demonstrating how Islamic economic precepts provided the ideological rationales that empowered medieval Europe to escape its three-centuries-long experiment in “Dark Age economics” ― in the process, providing the West with its archetypic tools of capitalism. While treatises such as Maxime Rodinson’s excellent book, Islam and Capitalism, document the capitalistic nature of the Islamic economic system, in applying modern economic method to medieval orientalist historiography, this work is unique in capturing both the evolution and the impact of the system’s role in forging medieval history.” —De Gruyter’s description https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/21992
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"[...] the author's command of medieval Islamic history and his thorough synthesis of a large volume of Islamic and Western sources to establishhis findings are strinkingly impressive. He fruitfully combined the work of many Muslim jurists, renowned medieval historians and geographers in the medieval era." —Seif Tag Eddin in: The Muslims World Book Review 4/2007
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'Abu Dhabi, 21st November - In a bid to tackle a gap created by one thousand years of limited translation of foreign writing into Arabic, Kalima, a major translation initiative, launched today and announced its much-anticipated first ever list of 100 candidate books for translation. 'Kalima (“word” in Arabic), is one of the boldest and most significant cultural initiatives to come out of the Arab world in years, and is set to widen access to books and knowledge by funding the translation, publication, and distribution of high- quality works of classic and contemporary writing from other languages into Arabic.' —from a Kalima press release, 21 November 2007
 
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Executive Leadership Group’s ••• strategic plan for the U.S. Naval Institute ••• has been accepted and is expected to be implemented. The board approved last Wednesday.
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Executive Leadership Group (ELG) is run by Bill Casey and Wendi Peck, who have contributed an important idea to the evolution of the concept of freeorder: “Requisite Hierarchy” ••• originated by Elliot Jaques.
 
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Chickens and Freedom: Sir Anthony Fisher and his Buxted Chicken Company, founded in England in 1954, played a key part in creating over five hundred free market oriented think tanks, now in almost every country in the world. His start was to smuggle a dozen chicken eggs from Cornell into England decorated as Easter Eggs — only fitting since smugglers of beneficial goods are heroes of freeorder. See entries below (February) on Brasil for evidence of the impact of these groups.
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Anthony Fisher: Champion of Liberty ••• (Amazon) Gerald Frost •••, 2002 vArcher
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This book is available as a pdf ••• without charge from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) •••, London.
 
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Linda Whetstone ••• interviewed ••• by Ron Manners ••• vArcher
 
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World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee at w3.org on his boss at CERN Mike Sendall •••: “It was Mike who went along with my idea of getting one of the ‘NeXT’ machines, and Mike who suggested that I could go ahead and use it to play with the idea of that global hypertext thing I had been talking about. When Robert Cailliau and I could not figure out how to run the World Wide Web project between the two different divisions we were in, Mike advised us how to continue.” - we owe a lot to Mike Sendall’s vision
 
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Philip K. Howard’s Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left. “Howard makes a case for pushing a giant reset button: in effect, starting over by wiping clean the legal landscape and replacing it with a series of principles that apply a common-law standard to government decisions.” ••• ~thanks to Michael Burns
 
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Values & Capitalism ••• is an initiative at the American Enterprise Institute ••• that engages Christian higher education to advance a moral case for free enterprise and cultivate an understanding of the conditions necessary for human flourishing.
 
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Minaret of Freedom Institute ••• : A free market Muslim perspective on economics, democracy, terrorism and Middle East conflict. vIjtihad
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Interview ••• with Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President of Minaret, by Andrew Kosorok for Ismailimail on the work of the Minaret for Freedom Institute.
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‘The Minaret of Freedom Institute was founded in 1993 as an educational touchstone and resource, dedicated to expanding the minds of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. From the website: “To build upon the words of Thomas Jefferson, in fulfilling these goals we pledge to wage unending holy struggle against every form of tyranny over the minds of man.”’
 
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Irshad Manji’s ••• latest book, Don’t Label Me ••• :
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In these United States, discord has hit emergency levels. Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms. Diversity is. America's founding genius is diversity of thought. Which is why social justice activists won't win by putting labels such as "racist" on those who disagree with them. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to tribe out. Enter Irshad Manji and her dog, Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, Manji overcame her fear of the "other" to adopt Lily. She got more than she bargained for. Defying her labels as an old, blind dog, Lily engages Manji in a taboo-busting conversation about identity, power, and politics.”
 
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“nobody can be a great economist who is only an economist - and I am even tempted to add that the economist who is only an economist is likely to become a nuisance if not a positive danger” -F. A. Hayek —Quotation found at F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics •••
 
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“In attacking the [petrochemical] plant, the hackers crossed a terrifying Rubicon. This was the first time the cybersecurity world had seen code deliberately designed to put lives at risk.” ••• (MIT, on the Triton malware)
 
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Dr. John Vincent Atanasoff, inventor of the electronic digital computer — our friend, Bob Gathers, Denver, worked on this computer with Atanasoff.
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‘… Honeywell v. Sperry Rand [1973] … Judge Earl R. Larson found that "Eckert and Mauchly did not themselves first invent the automatic electronic digital computer, but instead derived that subject matter from one Dr. John Vincent Atanasoff". Between 1954 and 1973, Atanasoff was a witness in the legal actions brought by various parties to invalidate electronic computing patents issued to John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, which were owned by computer manufacturer Sperry Rand. In the 1973 decision of Honeywell v. Sperry Rand, a federal judge named Atanasoff the inventor of the electronic digital computer.’ ••• (wikipedia)
 
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“Gerrit Wormhoudt was an inspiration and mentor to many lawyers at crucial times in their careers. I am honored to count myself among them.”—William H. Mellor, Chairman and Founding General Counsel, The Institute for Justice •••, in his introduction to Wormhoudt’s Opting Out, to be published by Jameson Books. We’ll be on the alert for it. vBlackstone
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Is methane a renewable resource? In the novel, Hyperspeed ••• by William Grovère, the hero, a scientist, puts forward a hypothesis suggesting the possibility that methane is continuously being generated in the earth’s crust, and that it can be harvested forever. This is not the abiotic oil argument.
 
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“Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet” ••• Michael Shellenberger, published by Quillette “free thought lives” ••• February 26, 2019
 
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“How I was Kicked Out of the Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting” ••• Mary Frances Williams, published by Quillette “free thought lives” ••• February 26, 2019
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“Quillette is a platform for free thought. We respect ideas, even dangerous ones. We also believe that free expression and the free exchange of ideas help human societies flourish and progress. Quillette aims to provide a platform for this exchange.” •••
 
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February, 2019
 
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freeorder - another definition: “freeorder is a quest-serving balance among designed and spontaneous orders, at many levels, in mind, venture, and governance.”
 
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“Supreme Court vindicates all Americans’ right to be free from excessive fines” ••• by Christina Martin ••• Pacific Legal Foundation ••• vBlackstone
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“When Americans are threatened by government overreach, PLF empowers them to fight back.” •••
 
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Plug and Play Tech Center •••, a new approach to deploying capital for advanced ideas.
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Pierre de Rochemont is presenting there on Feb 27th.
 
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From single cell to complete organism, a time-lapse movie ••• in six minutes.
 
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Endlessly diverse experiments in finding and backing freeorder are underway, and have been so under different names throughout history. We watch some of them from our limited observation post. With observation and investment by enough forges (freeorder generators) the entire tapestry may progressively reveal itself.
 
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freeorder is mixed of the designed and the spontaneous, optimized to use all the personal knowledge available. Economic theory grown from the introspective personalization of fundamental concepts, as in Mises’ Human Action, can be employed by historians to shed rare and needed light on economic history, sometimes revealing catastrophic deficits of freeorder. Mises’ student, Murray N. Rothbard, shows how this is done in Conceived in Liberty, four volumes offering radical rethinking of the beginnings of the United States. vArcher
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Separate audio (mp3) for each chapter with title and description:
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.zip files for the entire book are available here ••• without change.
 
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A brilliant and elegant presentation of the right way to understand economic history, read by Dr. Floy Lilly from Murray N. Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty, vol 1, ch 32, "Mercantilism, Merchants, and Class Conflict” ••• (direct access to the page at Mises Institute that hosts the audio file)
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South America: signs of emergence of freeorder in Brasil
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First, as described by a source seemingly dubious about the benefits of what’s happening in Brasil ••• “Sphere of Influence: How American Libertarians Are Remaking Latin American Politics” - seems to be accurate reporting by Lee Fang •••, an investigative journalist interested in the activities of the Koch brothers, writing for “The Intercept” •••
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Next, insight, from Atlas Network, into the work they do in Brasil and many other countries •••
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Together these two sources make a good basis for thinking about deliberate attempts to freeorder nations.
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To see why and how Atlas Network is effective see their 2017 Annual Report •••
 
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"President of Danube Institute John O’Sullivan Awarded with Hungarian Order of Merit" ••• ~thanks to Jim Bennett
O’Sullivan’s The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister ••• is an important and inspiring book.
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A school worth noticing - grounded in the kind of understanding that creates the emergence of freeorder. “A Better School?” ••• by John Stossel. vSocrates
 
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The Academy of Thought and Industry ••• originated by Michael Strong
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Thales Academy ••• originated by Robert K. Luddy
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James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal •••
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St. John’s College, Annapolis and Santa Fe ••• tradition that questions tradition
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Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala ••• site in over 100 languages
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Founder, Manuel Francisco Ayau Cordón
 
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Social Evolution ••• “We are creating the mutual aid societies of the future. Our mission is to liberate people and solve social problems through innovation.”
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The Social Singularity: A Decentralist Manifesto ••• by Max Borders, —provoking interesting thoughts. Max Borders, articles ••• on Medium. Interview with Max, “Artificial Intelligence vs. Collective Intelligence” •••
 
Given time, the analog will outrun and outsmart the digital. —Hanmer Parsons Grant
 
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Requisite Hierarchy, a concept introduced to me by Bill Casey, of Executive Leadership Group •••, who draws on the work of Elliott Jaques. See “In Praise of Hierarchy” ••• (Harvard Business Review).
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Law of Requisite Hierarchy •••, from Cybernetic Laws of Social Progress, p. 115.
 
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Good Profit: How creating value for others built one of the world’s most successful companies ••• by Charles G. Koch, the story of a practical quest for freeorder.
 
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American Inns of Court ••• (history) “The American Inns of Court inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring.”
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Bridging the “Mentoring Gap” ••• by Michael L. Duncan
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“Some believe our mentoring gap has evolved largely due to growth of the “mega” law firms and the increasing focus on profits. In many firms, there exists a dominant “business first” mentality that forces everyone—from senior partners to fresh- from-law-school associates—to focus mostly on billings, billable hours, and leverage ratios, etc.
“With these firms and their attorneys increasingly casting their gaze solely upon short term financial performance, the resulting behavior can easily be anticipated: Each attorney (new or experienced) will strive to perform consistent with these metrics and achieve the quantitative goals the firm sets for them.”
 
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The Tyranny of Metrics ••• by Jerry Z. Muller — “How our obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government”
 
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A classic statement ••• (YouTube) about self-help — Napoleon Hill’s account of his meeting with Andrew Carnegie
 
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Separation of powers - U.S. Constitution
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“This case asks whether the Constitution’s text and structure, specifically its separation of powers principles, require or permit courts to defer to a federal administrative agency’s interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations.” ••• —Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence •••
 
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“One strong appeal of British membership of CPTTP is that it would re-connect the UK commercially with the three other CANZUK nations – Canada, Australia and New Zealand – who share a common language, system of law and head of state with the UK. From there they would no doubt be further evolution of those deep bonds: some have proposed future freedom of movement between those four nations, not least former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.” —Victor Hill, “America Alone – US trade policy under Trump” ••• 04 Feb 2019 vAnglosphere
 
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“Of Mosques and Light” ••• Adel Kameshki: “Today, there are new materials in the market, such as light transmitting concrete, which allows for light to shine through.” ~ thanks to Hani Al-Huneidi, Cultural Heritage Specialist- Architect- Heritage Tourism- Antiques and Art Collecting, and speaker at the next Abdullatiff Fozan Award •••, National Library of Kuwait •••]
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“… what if mosques were [partially] built with new materials? “ Take the minaret as an example, in my local dialect, it is referred to as a Manara which when translated into English actually means a lighthouse: a tower of light by the sea to guide ships to their destination. If this meaning is taken literally, then why can’t the Manara of a mosque become a tower of light?” ••• (Mosques and Light, by Adel Kameshki)
 
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The Sacred Book of Everything consists of blank pages. Never should it be thought that words can capture God. Now the argument becomes: Yes, but how many blank pages? If the fundamental statements only are recorded, then few; if their implications, then an infinity.
 
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Michael Strong has published “Renewing the Promise of Montessori Education” ••• on Medium •••
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“Joel Salatin, made famous for his organic farm by Michael Pollan, has written a book titled Everything I want to do is illegal. His book is focused on the extensive legal and regulatory obstacles to creating a simple organic farm. But unless school choice legislation allows for remarkable freedoms in education, some of us may soon find that everything that we want to do is illegal.” [about Salatin’s book •••]
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“If we are able to create educational choice that allows sufficient autonomy for authentic Montessori education — through minimally regulated charter schools, educational vouchers, or tuition tax credits — then we will see high- quality, well-funded Montessori schools grow rapidly in the years to come. We will finally be able to achieve Maria Montessori’s vision of a transformative educational program that transforms society.”
 
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Michael Strong’s schools: Academy of Thought and Industry ••• - Austin, San Francisco, New York, St. Louis
 
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The greatest football match ever played ••• of enormous cultural significance
 
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Koch + Greenleaf, Good Profit + Servant Leadership
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I’m reading the “Conclusion” of Charles Koch’s Good Profit with deep admiration.
This is a book on freeorder - not surprising since Koch and I have read the same things and taken them seriously, especially Michael Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge.
A confluence of thinking in Koch’s Good Profit and Robert K. Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership would be worthwhile.
In “Conclusion” Koch writes: “The bottom line of my business philosophy can best be summed up as follows: Good profit can only result from creating value for the customer. It is the manifestation of the entrepreneur’s respect for what the customer values.”
A better world can arise only from respectful listening. This is the foundational idea of open network points of presence, and essential to the emergence of freeorder within each of us and among us.
 
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Is Now Completely Online ••• at Open Culture •••
 
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Market-based healthcare solutions: Powering Benefits Association (My Academy of Health Excellence) ••• was covered by John C. Goodman ••• in Forbes “Alternatives to Obamacare” ••• vMethuselah
 
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Medium Daily Digest ••• can become a useful source of articles relevant to your interests.
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“Ulex ••• is being built on the Holochain ••• infrastructure for the reason that blockchains simply do not satisfy the needs of most legal persons in business …” —posted at Startup Societies Foundation ••• — Ulex is an open source legal system. See Tom W. Bell •••
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“Entrepreneurship Lifts Cambodia from the Clutches of Extreme Poverty in a Single Generation. So long as there is peace and political stability in Cambodia, the future is looking bright for this growing economy.” article ••• from FEE •••
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A remarkably interesting article ••• on honey, its sources and processing, by Jon Barron.
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True Source Honey ••• (certification requirements)
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If you love liberty as James Madison understood it this tribute ••• to Andrea Rich will be worth watching. The video was made by the Cato Institute.
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Stossel in the Classroom ••• - a project initiated by Andrea Rich.
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This is an early example of a vertical cable reaching a portion of roadway. See “Freeorder Bridge: from here to there” ••• for and explanation of the metaphor.
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Soil and soil rebuilding •••, by Vera Bradova •••
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Bradova on Pascal’s Wager ••• - I must believe she is right :-)
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Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life ••• (includes reviews) by George Monbiot
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A thoughtful essay, “Room of their own” ••• inspired by Monbiot’s Feral, posted by leavergirl on her blog, “Leaving Babylon” •••
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Rocky Mountain Land Library ••• — a beautiful and inspired venture. vLeopold
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“Back in the 90’s, while on a book-buying trip for the store, they came upon St Deiniol’s Residential Library in Wales. That visit was the start of their dream to create a residential library in Colorado – one focused on people and the land.” St Deiniol’s has become Gladstone Library.
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Gladstone’s Library ••• “The library's priority is to build and nurture a wide network of writers and thinkers in order to maintain William Gladstone's legacy of engagement with social, moral and spiritual questions.” vArcher
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“In 1895, at the age of 85, William Gladstone gave £40,000 and much of his own library. Armed with only his valet and one of his daughters, William Gladstone wheeled 32,000 books three quarters of a mile between his home at Hawarden Castle and the library. He unpacked them and put them onto shelves using his own catalogue system.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladstone%27s_Library
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By Gladstone’s enterprise, books that had no readers became available to readers who had no books.
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“Sleeping in the Stacks?: Gladstone's Library in Wales” ••• by Greg Garett ••• contributor to HuffPost.
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Why should radical edge seekers value formal religions?
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A myth not believable by radical explorers may nonetheless be a vessel containing truths and wisdom fundamental to civilization. Without the walls of the vessel fierce winds could unwind and scatter precious contents resting on little but tradition, intuition, and myth. We who live on dangerous edges should be cautious about eroding the walls of sacred vessels. Our own survival may depend on them.
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“January 25, 2019, Austin, Texas – In the election integrity case of Pressley v. Casar, the Texas Supreme Court granted Dr. Laura Pressley's Petition for Review and released their ruling. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the Third Court of Appeals' sanctions against Dr. Pressley and her lawyer and found that Pressley's election contest claims in her Travis County Austin City Council race were not frivolous.” —this defeats an attempt to render Pressley’s evidence irrelevant and fine her for questioning election procedures.
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Liberty on the Rocks has nine chapters ••• in Australia.
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Menos Marx¿, Mais Mises! Brasil - significant changes
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“Brazil Takes an Austrian Turn” ••• ~thanks to Mike Lotus
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James C. Bennett’s ••• response:
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Well, good luck to them.  Getting the macroeconomics right helps, as
it did in Argentina in the mid-1990s. But the deep endemic familism in
Brazil (I think it's a misnomer to call it "corruption", because that
implies the system is working other than it should -- in fact it is
working exactly as it evolved to do) creates such strongly perverse
incentives that I am not optimistic about how far it can go.  That is
what dragged down Argentina by 1999, and the cultural problem is if
anything worse in Brazil.
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“Blockchain Platforms & Tech to Watch in 2019” ••• by Eric Elliott, published on Medium, 29 Dec 18.
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Hugo Nguyen’s Bitcoin Fundamentals •••, a five-part series. Part 1 is “The Anatomy of Proof-of-Work”
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Gold & Crypto: Nick Szabo Strongly Believes Distraught Economies and Sanctioned Countries Will Seek Refuge In Cryptocurrencies •••
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“Confidence Through Criticism: A Lesson in Self-Esteem from Walt Whitman” ••• by Maria Popova •••
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If the objective is the well being of everyone nothing is more important than how producers set up incentives to engage guardians in the protection of their persons and capital against predators. A consequence of doing this poorly, repeated throughout history, is that guardians become predators. During the transition capital is consumed and destroyed. Those who resist are rendered powerless or exterminated. Goods continue to flow to the top, but over time everyone else is impoverished. Menos Marx¿, Mais Mises! (Brasil)
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English coffeehouses ••• in the 17th and 18th centuries
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Senolytics selectively selectively kill senescent cells, while leaving all other cells unharmed. Josh Mitteldorf, “Fisitin — a new senolytic” •••. ~thanks to Celestine
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Brasil: Menos Marx¿, Mais Mises! •••
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Statements deserving awed contemplation:
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1) ‘And even if the Individual Mandate is no longer salvageable as an exercise of the Tax Power, it may now be viewed as a proper exercise of Congress’s Interstate Commerce Power because it does not compel anyone to do anything.’
2) ‘That the Individual Mandate does nothing is the Intervenor Defendants’ leading argument for why the mandate permissibly “regulates” interstate commerce.’
 
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“A coordinated Central Bank-engineered bounce is to be expected and certainly there’s extreme political pressure in the U.S. for this. But more intervention preventing true price discovery merely defers the inevitable rather than fixing the underlying systemic problems.” —Dave Kranzler, 27 Dec 2018, “The Fed’s Frankenstein” ••• vMises
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“The Freedman’s Savings Bank: Good Intentions Were Not Enough; A Noble Experiment Goes Awry” ••• by Jesse Stiller •••, OCC ••• Historian. vCheetah
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Arava Institute ••• (Israel, Palestine, Jordan) writes: “In November, our third Track II Environmental Forum welcomed a record 96 participants, despite unrest and violence in Gaza that impeded travel and constrained our participants. Track II is a civil society forum in which Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian partners plan environmental projects together, focusing on high-impact, bottom-up solutions that will improve life and restore hope to people in the West Bank and Israel.” vLeopold
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Unlimited government is a danger to everyone who wishes to challenge an idea or business supported by entrenched interests. Dr. Larry Arnn, of Hillsdale College, knows this, and knows that the U.S. Constitution was written to be a barrier to unlimited power. The citizens of the U.S. have failed to use that barrier well. Hillsdale has been regaining ground lost. This Hillsdale online course, Constitution 101 ••• (free) has been taken by over 1,000,000 people. Dr. Arnn writes:
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A proper education is not just a good in itself, but it also serves a civic purpose. Indeed, the American Founders thought a proper education was essential to maintaining free government. That’s exactly what Hillsdale was established to provide. But in recent times, we have had to do more.
A key focus of Hillsdale’s educational outreach is the Constitution broadly understood—not just what the Constitution says, but its underlying principles, its role in American history, how it has been undermined for over a century, and the need to fight back and defend it.
Because American civics education—education in American history and government—has been increasingly neglected in America’s schools, too many Americans are unaware of the importance of the Constitution to liberty…which is a threat to liberty itself!
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“An Idle Hour •••, by Barbara Johnson, inspired by Winston Churchill’s 1925 speech: “Mass Effects in Modern Life” •••, appears in “Cold War Warrior: A Legacy of Technology, Economics, and Strategy” ••• ~thanks to Barbara Johnson
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“Cold War Warrior is … about the men and women from all the cold wars who worked so hard for something they believed in and played so hard they forgot the pain. They were the Cold War Warriors. They lived at missile sites, on nuclear subs, sat on little and not so little islands that were either too hot or too cold but always isolated. They were the doers and the watchers. Oh, by the way, they still are.”
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Elias Canetti ••• the blind man — two texts translated by Joachim Neugroschel, from Der Ohrenzeuge: Fünfzig Charaktere [Earwitness: Fifty Characters] 1974 ~thanks to Mike Lotus
• The blind man is not blind by birth, but he became blind with little effort. He has a camera, he takes it everywhere, and he just loves keeping his eyes closed. He walks about as though asleep, he has seen absolutely nothing as yet, and already he is shooting it, for when all things lie next to one another, equally small, equally large, always rectangular, orderly, cut off, named, numbered, proven and demonstrated, then you can see them much better in any event.
• The blind man saves himself the trouble of viewing anything beforehand. He gathers the things he would have seen and piles them up and enjoys them as though they were stamps. He travels all over the world for the sake of his camera, nothing is far enough, shiny enough, strange enough—he gets it for the camera. He says: I was there, and he points to it, and if he could not point at it he would not know where he had been, the world is confusing, exotic, rich, who can retain it all.
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Executive Smarts, ••• by Bill Casey and Wendi Peck, Executive Leadership Group •••. Bill and Wendi are key advisors to Explorers Foundation on freeordering management systems. The book is twenty-five chapters on topics such as “When is failure a stepping-stone to innovation, and when is it just a step off the cliff?” Karl Popper would like that one.
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“Revitalizing squadrons” was named General David Goldfein’s top priority when he took over as US Air Force’s Chief in 2016. Executive Leadership Group – meaning Wendi leading, plus me and several ELG colleagues – were asked to provide organizational behavior expertise to the Air Force team directed to tackle the problem (hey, they hire the very best!) and led by Maj General Stephen Davis. In fact, helping General Davis and his team is mostly how we spent an eventful 2016 and 2017.
The linked article explains why squadrons needed “revitalizing.” More important, it spells out what we learned from talking with thousands of Airmen. Namely, we learned four principles so basic and fundamental, you can use them running a hospital, a factory, or the world’s mightiest air force.
Even if you’ve never read an article in the Air & Space Power Journal (yeah, me neither), you might want to read this one: “A Model of Air Force Squadron Vitality.” If you’re a leader at any level, there’s stuff here you can use now. ~thanks to Bill Casey and Wendi Peck
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“The Mediaeval Roman Empire: An Unlikely Emergence and Survival” ••• by Sean Gabb •••, a speech given to the Property and Freedom Society •••, Bodrum •••, Turkey, 14th September 2018 — Sean is rehabilitating the reputation of the much disparaged Eastern Roman Empire in ways pertinent to the history of freeorder. vArcher ~thanks to Sean Gabb, an important thinker and writer
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“… the history of what I will from now call not the Byzantine Empire, but the Mediaeval Roman Empire, is perhaps the most astonishing instance of how courage and determination can keep civilisation alive in the face of the most forbidding and apparently overpowering challenges.” —Sean Gabb
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Fake History in "Churchill," starring Brian Cox - The Churchill Project - Hillsdale College — a great review ••• of a bad movie, written by Andrew Roberts •••, author of a new biography: Churchill: Walking with Destiny •••
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Théodore Olivier’s string models of descriptive geometry – DIY version •••
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“Philadelphia's Perverse Civil Asset Forfeiture Machine Has Finally Come to An End: After this decades-long train of abuses, law enforcement’s days of legalized theft appear to be coming to an end” ••• by Brittany Hunter •••, FEE •••, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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A new way to provide pure water, Agua Via ••• ~thanks to Gayle Pergamit, co-founder of Agua Via
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“In different places over the years I have had to prove that socialism, which to many western thinkers is a sort of kingdom of justice, was in fact full of coercion, of bureaucratic greed and corruption and avarice, and consistent within itself that socialism cannot be implemented without the aid of coercion. Communist propaganda would sometimes include statements such as 'we include almost all the commandments of the Gospel in our ideology.' The difference is that the Gospel asks all this to be achieved through love, through self-limitation, but socialism only uses coercion.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in Joseph Pearce, "An Interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn” ••• vKira ~thanks to Paul Jacobs, Common Sense •••
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1921 Club ••• (on Patreon) — “The 1921 Club is for anyone who believes that the parent of the 21st Century must be the 19th Century, not the 20th Century, and who regard the last century as an encounter with severe illness, during which horrifying things arose and taught us much.”
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Jerry Mallett is working with Colorado Headwaters project •••. We have discussed the possibility of using Agua Via technology ••• to purify toxic mine effluent •••.
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Rocky Mountain Land Library ••• “Building the headwaters to plains network.”
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Buffalo Peaks Ranch will have a dedicated library on RANCHING traditions & practices across the globe, named after the ranch's founder, Marie Guiraud (est 1861)
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Irshad Manji ••• recommends “The End of Identity Liberalism” •••. Irshad’s next book, Don’t Label Me •••
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“The Complex History of Liberalism in Mexico” •••, by Jose Antonio Aguilar Rivera •••, published by Law & Liberty ••• vZorro ~article sent by Ricardo Valenzuela
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Health Care: There is confusion and debate in the big government hosted barn. Meanwhile, frustrated, patients and doctors are leaving, going meeting behind the barn, and discovering new ways to do business with each other. An example: Texas Free Market Surgery •••
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Essential to freeorder are populations intolerant of the fatal conceit •••, who understand that their own power is not derived from capacity to command, but from ability to limit the institutional power available to anyone who seeks command.
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“The mission of the Claremont Institute ••• is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.”
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On their site, a search for Angelo Codevilla will find many articles written with a good understanding of freeorder (by other names).
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Distributed compassion, implemented through non- and for-profit market processes, might produce better universal health care than reasonably could be expected from any system of forced centralized compassion.
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Pat Wagner, on her Facebook page •••, posted a story ••• about a volunteer group that organized the fastest ambulance service in the world — an inspiring example of distributed compassion, appearing unpredictably and without commands from a centralized system of control.
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November, 2018
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Of Andrew Robert’s just published Churchill: Walking With Destiny, Mike Lotus writes, “I just finished the new biography by Andrew Roberts. I could not put it down. It is a masterpiece.” He’s right.
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Distributed compassion, implemented through non- and for-profit market processes, might produce better universal health care than reasonably could be expected from any system of forced centralized compassion.
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A tree must be committed to the sun if its leaves are to find light.
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“No student shall be qualified or disqualified for election to a Scholarship on account of race or religious opinions.” —Point 24 of the Will ••• of Cecil John Rhodes, Cape Town in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, July 1899.
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“When your life hangs from a knot, it helps to know who tied it.” —Peter Zukerman, Buried in the Sky, quoted in Knots at Work: A field guide for the modern arborist, by Jeff Jepson, found at an open house at Harsh International, Inc. ••• Eaton, Colorado.
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Anyone interested in computer coding might find this five minute video ••• on the Wolfram Development Platform worth watching.
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“The Six European Unions of 2030” ••• September 2018, by James C. Bennett, published in Hungarian Review •••
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“Enough with the ICO-Me-So-Horny-Get-Rich- Quick-Lambo Crypto”••• — a recent interview with Tim May, author of “The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto ••• 1988, in which he issued a visionary warning about the development of the crypto world.
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“Requiem for a Civilization, Nov. 11, 2018” ••• by William Molony — short, insightful, important, published by Backbone America •••, John Andrew’s website
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The Golden Pinnacle •••, by Robert Gore — A novel quietly illustrating important truths of the kind Ayn Rand, not so quietly, brought to reader’s attention.
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A new way to build an internal combustion engine, Liquid Piston •••
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James J. Hill •••, builder of Great Northern Railway, once exploited naive country people who wanted him to build a railroad to their town. They proposed to sell (or sold) $65,000 worth of bonds and offered Hill the money as an inducement. Hill wrote to them:
“It has not been our policy at any time to burden the communities along our lines with additional taxes for railroad facilities. If the people [in your] county will give us moral support in procuring what right-of-way we require at fair and reasonable prices, we will build the road and have it completed this year on condition that the bonds voted for the $65,000 be returned to the officers of the county and by them burned or destroyed. The people of your county will largely have to support the road when it is built and the additional burden of the [bonds] would be a hardship to them.” —quoted by Randall O’Toole, author of Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need •••
O’Toole is the author of many articles ••• about American entrepreneurs.
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Gary Hoover ••• in his article “On Permanence” •••: “I think the invention of the corporation, as a way of sharing risks and therefore enabling bold ventures and innovation, is one of the most important of all human inventions.”
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Knowledge, Risk, and the Surprised Banker •••: A Conversation with Alex Pollock •••, author of Finance and Philosophy: Why We Are Always Surpised •••
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Magatte Wade has received a Cobden-Bright Award ••• for her work in Senegal.
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“Preserving the Values of a Free Society in Higher Education” ••• a lecture by Roger Ream ••• at the James G. Martin Center’s ••• annual policy banquet 24 Oct 2018. vLancaster
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“Reviving Trust in Higher Education, One Innovative College at a Time” ••• by Shannon Watkins ••• James G. Martin Center, 29 Oct 2018. vLancaster
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“The Hanseatic League and the Concept of Functional Overlapping Competing Jurisdictions” by Alexander Fink, Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik, University of Leipzig, March 2012 —added to vOpenworld
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Michael Strong of Academy of Thought and Industry ••• has published “How to Give Your Child an Expensive Private Education — for $3,000 per Year” ••• on Medium •••
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“… most of the socialization that goes on in most schools is not positive. School children are often crueler than adults ever are. In traditional cultures, young people were far more closely integrated into the adult community than are our children in schools, and as a consequence, such traditional cultures did not have the rampant breeding grounds for immature cruelty that is characteristic of most of our schools, public and private. A homeschooled child who spends several hours each week in peer group activities (group lessons in music, dance, martial arts, art, academics, etc.) is likely to develop healthy, positive peer relationships without experiencing the unnatural cruelty that routinely takes place in schools.”
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Longmont Community Justice Project ••• — getting victim and perpetrator together to find a way to minimize the damage resulting from a harmful act. — found by Steve Elliott
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Walter Laqueur ••• (Washington Post) eminent scholar who probed the 20th century, dies at 97 — [noted by Mike Lotus]
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A student of the ashes from which our phoenix must rise. Without understanding those ashes and the fire that preceded them there is no hope of new flight.
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Minds.com, blockchain based, White Paper ••• : “We are an open source and decentralized social networking platform where users are rewarded with Minds tokens for contributions to the community. Our goal is to build a new model for content creators to take back their Internet freedom, revenue and social reach.”
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The Federalist Papers ••• : useful and beautiful, free online, produced by Theresa O’Connor, who says: “There are many webbed versions of the Federalist Papers on the Internet already. Unfortunately, I’ve never found one that was simultaneously nice-looking and useful, so I went ahead and made an online edition of the Federalist Papers which is pleasant to look at and provides paragraph-level permalinking.” (for more: colophon)
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Banking, ICOs: “Online Bank Swissquote Begins Offering Clients Access to ICOs” ••• by Kevin Helms
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Online Privacy: “I now believe the best product Apple offers is intangible, yet far more valuable than a flagship smartphone. The best product Apple has–and the single biggest reason that consumers should choose an Apple device over competing devices–is privacy.” —Michael Grothaus explains why ••• —published by FastCompany
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Regulatory capture, a study of the relationship between patent examiners and the companies dependent on their work: “From Revolving Doors to Regulatory Capture? Evidence from Patent Examiners” ••• Haris Tabakovic and Thomas G. Wollmann
September, 2018, published by CATO Institute •••
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The story and significance of measurement, precision, accuracy, tolerances, limits: James Gleick’s review ••• of Simon Winchester’s The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World — [noted by Mike Lotus]
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Magatte Wade •••, on Senegal and enterprise, a video ••• made by FEE ••• as part of their “How We Thrive” ••• series. In previous notes here we had linked only to a preview. The complete thirty minute video “Made in Mékhé”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U1zEuVXDak
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ManhattanContrarian ••• an interesting blog by Francis Menton ••• “Combating elite Manhattan political ideologies on climate change, the purpose of government, New York state news, and the basic principles of economics.”
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Personal authenticity: “The Inner Ring” ••• was the Memorial Lecture at King’s College, University of London, delivered by C. S. Lewis in 1944. Found on a page of C. S. Lewis Society of California •••
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Longmont, Colorado, Giving Circles ••• — found by Steve Elliott ••• (Facebook)
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“Giving Circles can be created by friends, family members, neighbors, business colleagues, etc. Members of a giving circle donate a specific amount (e.g. $100, $300, $1,000 or more) to a charitable fund. The donations are pooled together and periodically the group decides to make grants from the fund to support nonprofits.”
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A lot is happening in Longmont with affinity to the ideas of Explorers Foundation. For example, TinkerMill ••• a place (and network) for people to make things, and learn how to do it.
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George Orwell, author of 1984, in a letter ••• written in 1944 (published in Open Culture •••), on intellectuals and totalitarianism:
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“… the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people. On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.”
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Churchill lost an election in 1945, certainly in part for similar statements •••. Probably both Orwell and Churchill were influenced by Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, published in 1944.
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Good video on innovation, culture, patience, and wealth building, Blackstone’s “Mondays at Blackstone” •••
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James Peron ••• writes about police raids on minority run barber shops in Florida: “Minority Rights vs. the Regulatory State” •••
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Michael Yon has published a book (only in Japanese) about the comfort women debate. Yon believes that misunderstanding is being deliberately propagated and he is working to get the history right. The book, Stand up to the "comfort women" plot against! - Who will protect the children of Japan? ••• (Japanese); the reason for the book: “The Hate Farm: China Is Planting a Bitter Harvest” ••• Michael Yon, 2017 Feb 23, English).
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Startup Societies Foundation - Joe McKinney just sent an update (October 2018)
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The Institute for Competitive Governance recently ended the Ulex crowdfund campaign! I want to personally thank you for donating and making it a success.
We have raised enough to produce our stated deliverables and send all donation perks. We are currently sourcing developers to build the Ulex application for the Institute for Competitive Governance site (outlined on the Indiegogo page). Once built, ICG will provide a catalyst for developing software with the Ulex Open Source Community. The remaining funds will be used for legal research, managed by Ulex’s creator, Tom W Bell.
The Institute for Competitive Governance intends to send out all perks within 60 days. Included with every donation is a Non-Fungible Token(NFT), a token with unique characteristics. Donors will use this as a early access login key for any Ulex software that will be created using the ICG site. We will make sure to promptly to deliver the other items within the next 60 days alongside the NFT.
While the crowdfund has successfully concluded, this is just the beginning of the story. Now the real work begins. ICG will continue to promote Ulex on media outlets, conducting outreach to legal/SEZ institutions, and actively growing the Ulex developer community. If you know anyone or any organization that would help these objectives, please feel free to contact me. I would love to setup a call and see how we can work together to help Ulex decentralize law, globally.
ICG will continually send updates to all donors on deliverables, perks, and progress towards our goals. As vital a part of the open source community, we encourage any input. Feel free to send us any questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Gratefully yours,
Joseph McKinney President of the Startup Societies Foundation
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https://www.azonano.com - nanotech site
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“Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft” ••• Keller Esterling, professor of architecture, Yale University - cited in Mark Frazier’s paper on a new Hanseatic League, now Glyph 592 vOpenworld
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“Though its roots are ancient, dating back to the free ports of classical antiquity, only in recent decades has the zone emerged as a powerful global form, evolving rapidly from an out-of-way district for warehousing custom-free goods to a postwar strategy for jump-starting the economies of developing countries to a paradigm for glittering world cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.”
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Sri Lanka, Horizon Virtual Academy
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2018, October 8: Nanda Wanninayaka sent a draft of a new paper ••• being written to define Horizon Virtual Academy - authors Nandasiri Wanninayaka, Nalaka Gunawardene, and Mark Frazier.
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First paragraph: “This concept paper developed by Horizon Lanka Foundation (www.horizonlanka.org) is aimed at creating a web-based repository of instructional and educational videos initially for free access to anyone, anywhere through a virtual academy. The project will also livestream both indoor and outdoor classrooms through the project’s website for anyone during its first year (2018) and for a nominal fee from 2019 for its subscribers. We propose to do this in the local languages of Sri Lanka – English, Sinhala and Tamil at the beginning and later add more languages using the 100+ foreign volunteer teachers who volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation since 2004.”
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Our investment in Horizon •••; the draft •••
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Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait ••• by Martha Sanger ••• vBeethoven
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“The eternal question. Had Frick not fallen into protracted mourning would he have created the Frick Collection? Or if he had resolved his grief, how would the Collection he created have differed? Creativity, I believe, is often the antidote for protracted pain and longing.” —the author
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Mark Frazier’s paper on a new Hanseatic League is now Glyph 592 vOpenworld
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It seems to be a good time to review the Dreyfuss Affair, which tore France apart between 1894 and 2006. It is probably one of the most vivid and important events in the history of freeorder, showing us how badly things can go wrong when assumption of guilt without evidence overbears all. We also learn that at last things can be set right.
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The Dreyfus Affair is dramatized in Roman Polanski’s new film, “J’accse” —The Times of Israel, 21 September 2018 ••• — “Production to focus on story of counter-espionage officer Georges Picquart, who worked to clear name of Jewish army captain convicted of spying for Germany in 1894”
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Adam Gopnik’s story ••• on the Drefus Affair in The New Yorker, September 28, 2009
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A pervading presumption of guilt is catastrophic for a culture that tolerates it.
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Ayn Rand’s Anthem as a graphic novel •••
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Initiative for Free Trade (IFT) •••
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“IFT is a private, not-for-profit, nonpartisan research organization that makes the intellectual and moral case for free trade and sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalize the world trading system.”
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“Free trade has lifted mankind to a level of wealth that was recently unimaginable. In 1990, 38 percent of human beings lived in extreme poverty; today, that figure has fallen to 8 per cent, as previously closed African and Asian economies have joined the global market.
Yet, paradoxically, free trade has never been so out of fashion. Across the world, idealistic people march against trade deals, protest G20 summits, occupy stock exchanges, sincerely believing that, in doing so, they are standing up for the poor against multinational corporations – when, in reality, they are doing the opposite.”
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The first three paragraphs establish the free trade orientation:
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The United States Constitution was intended as a cage to contain a dangerous beast while allowing for provision of a few governance services. To what degree has it been successful? The answer is certainly neither fully or not at all. vBlackstone
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September, 2018
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Sean Gabb’s ••• introduction ••• to Getting Libertarianism Right •••, a collection of writings by Hans Herman-Hoppe •••, just published by the Mises Institute •••, and available as a pdf ••• at no charge. This is good thinking, lucidly expressed. Sean Gabb’s work is of interest to Explorers Foundation because it evokes comprehension of freeorder •••. One of us has been exploring his historical novels, beginning with those about first millennium Byzantium ••• (why Byzantium?), written under the name, Richard Blake •••.
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The beginning of an unexpectable evolution: “Hans-Hermann Hoppe was born on the 2nd September 1949 in Peine, a town in the British Sector of occupied Germany. After attending various local schools, he first went to the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken and from here moved to the Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he studied under the notable neo-Marxist Jürgen Habermas, who also served as the principal advisor for Hoppe’s doctoral dissertation in Philosophy on David Hume and Immanuel Kant. In those days, Hoppe was himself a Marxist, and had no serious differences with his master. He said later: “What I … liked about Marxism is that it made the attempt to provide a rigorous, deductively derived system.”1 To any external observer, he was following a path followed by many thousands of his generation. It should, in the normal course of things, have ended in a tenured post in which his duty, under cover of spreading disaffection, was to preach conformity to the new order of things in West Germany.” —Sean Gabb
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Should Freeorder Bridge 0.95 •••, when it becomes version 1.0, be titled “Freeorder Bridge: Here to There, and There to Here, Again and Again, Until at Last We Learn Something”?
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‘Existential conflict between two entirely different and incompatible ways of forming “collective intelligence”’ —Jordan Hall, Deep Code •••
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‘At a deep level, we are right in the middle of an existential conflict between two entirely different and incompatible ways of forming “collective intelligence”. This is a deep point and will likely be confusing. So I’m going to take it slow and below will walk through a series of “fronts” of the war that I see playing out over the next several years.' -from an essay by Jordan Hall worth reading, “Situational Assessment 2017: Trump Edition” •••
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Presumption of guilt destroys the foundations of Anglo-American law
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“This turns American justice and due process upside down. The core tenet of Anglo-American law is that the burden of proof always rests with the person making the accusation. An accuser can’t doom someone’s freedom or career merely by making a charge.
“The accuser has to prove the allegation in a court of law or in some other venue where the accused can challenge the facts. Otherwise we have a Jacobin system of justice in which “J’accuse” becomes the standard and anyone can be ruined on a whim or a vendetta.” ••• Wall Street Journal editorial board, September 21, 2018
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We should remember the Dreyfus Affair ••• dramatized in Roman Polanski’s new film —The Times of Israel, 21 September 2018
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See also Adam Gopnik’s story ••• on Drefus in The New Yorker, September 28, 2009
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Dan Hannan: A US-UK deal will revolutionize world trade ••• — this is an important proposal, in full accord with a path along the evolution of Freeorder.
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The Ideal U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement, Executive summary •••
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Iain Murray writes: “… when Britain leaves the European Union at the end of March next year, we will have a once in a generation opportunity to construct a new form of trade deal. That is why CEI ••• and a group of American and British free-market think tanks have partnered with Daniel Hannan’s Initiative for Free Trade ••• in its project ••• to produce a draft “ideal” U.S.–U.K. free-trade agreement. —from an article ••• in National Review, “A New Kind of Trade Agreement” by Iain Murray, September 18, 2018
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The full text ••• (254 page pdf) of the agreement is a significant statement of principle and implementation. It is also an astonishing achievement of collaboration among writers from many leading freeorder think tanks.
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The Anglosphere - non-racial explanations based on cultural evolution
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James C. Bennett, in a forthcoming article for Quadrant Magazine ••• notes ‘…substantial work in the social sciences over the past fifty years vindicating the assumptions of the continuity of English-speaking society … The Anglosphere as a unique thing among the cultures of the world is a real phenomenon and only now is it being fully described. This is important among other things because it shows that distinctions that in the 19th century were attributed to “race” or genetics were real, but had perfectly non-racial explanations based on cultural evolution. In other words, the 19th century Anglo-Saxonists were seeing real distinctions, but wrongly attributing them to race.’ vAnglosphere
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A company worth watching: Rocket Lab ••• — small payloads into orbit, a U.S./New Zealand collaboration - “Space is Open for Business”
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“Sign the Statement •••: Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression - A Statement by Robert P. George and Cornel West” —James Madison Program, Princeton University
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“CANZUK is calling. Will Britain respond?” ••• Andrew Lilico, August 28, 2018 vAnglosphere
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“On Individualism” [Proceedings of the British Academy, 82, 171-199 (1992)]
••• Alan Macfarlane vAnglosphere
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Commentary ••• ‘Hatch-Kavanaugh Exchange Highlights Need for "Mens Rea" [guilty mind] Reform’ Heritage Foundation) vBlackstone
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“Meaningful EV [electric vehicle] sales growth only occurs in sales regions where heavy governmental regulation either financially entices or legally forces EV adoption for various reasons; citizens’ environmental concerns in California, future automotive sector domination plans in China. … Governments are in the driving seat, commanding taxpayer co-financed EV adoption.” -“Tesla Endgame” ••• Andreas Hopf, Seeking Alpha, 9 Sep 2018
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“General Robert Wood: The Forgotten Man Who Changed Sears and the World” ••• by Gary Hoover •••, an addition (August 22) to Archbridge Institute's ••• ‘American Originals’ ••• series
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China, Japan, Europe and the Anglo-sphere, A Comparative Analysis •••, 2018, by Alan Macfarlane •••
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“We live in a confused and confusing world. This is partly caused by the massive growth of inter-civilisational contacts driven by economic, cultural and communication changes. It is urgent that we understand each other if we are to survive and thrive, yet most of us know very little about the world outside our own civilisation. This book describes the central features of four great civilisations, their history and culture: China, Japan, Europe and the Anglosphere. Through a comparison of their deeper cultural logic and through investigating their dreams and nightmares, their religious, economic, political and social similarities and differences, we may come to a deeper appreciation of their worlds and our own. Drawing on fifty years of travel through these different civilisations and teaching about them at the University of Cambridge, Alan Macfarlane explores how we can remain different and yet live in some sort of harmony through mutual appreciation and understanding.” -Amazon
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William Cullen Bryant : “free labor” ••• summarized by Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek
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“… the legitimate role of government. At its core the government’s role was to secure “free labor,” in all the term’s meanings. Specifically, a government functioning in its legitimate role would ensure the following: (1) that individuals could sell their labor for whatever wages an unencumbered market would allow; (2) that they could keep for themselves all of their wage earnings except those required to finance a small and stripped-down government; and (3) that with those earnings they could purchase goods for the best price an unencumbered market would offer. Free labor therefore demanded, to the minds of Bryant and his readers, a consistent stand on three of the day’s most controversial issues. For individuals to be able to sell their labor freely demanded opposition to slavery. For individuals to be as free as possible from taxation demanded not only a minimalist government, but, in particular, a government averse to the financing of internal improvements (contra Henry Clay) and the resulting spoils of patronage. And for individuals to be able to trade their wages for goods at the best price they could get demanded free trade.”
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NoCamels : “Futuristic ‘Smart City’ Near Eilat Could Forge Closer Ties Between Israel and Saudi Arabia” ••• vOpenworld
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NoCamels : “An Israeli designer has combined Hebrew and Arabic to form an entirely new script to bridge the cultural gap between Israeli Jews and Arabs.” ••• vIjtihad
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Señor Don Gilberto Valenzuela and a forgotten part of Mexican history
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Time Magazine, March 25, 1929: “England is nicer in lots of ways than Mexico, so much nicer that last week the civilian leader of the latest Mexican Revolution, Senor Don Gilberto Valenzuela, must have devoutly wished himself back at the Court of St. James's, strutting again in silk knee breeches with a cordon across his chest as Mexican Envoy Extraordinary & Minister Plenipotentiary. Instead he was desperately striving in the state of Sonora, first to bolster up civilian support for the army of his chief-of-staff, General Gonzalo Escobar, and second with the forlorn project of despatching to President Herbert Hoover a request that the ten most northerly states of Mexico be recognized as having seceded from the Mexican Union, and as constituting the Republica Mexicana de Obregon.” — continues ••• vZorro
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August, 2018
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“On Individualism” ••• Alan Macfarlane, Redcliffe-Brown lecture on social anthropology, Proceedings of the British Academy, 82, 171-199 (1992).
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Alan Macfarlane’s work has contributed importantly to Explorers Foundation. See his website ••• for an astonishing richness of materials. Professor Macfarlane did us the honor of accepting a Cobden-Bright Award for his (intended or not) contributions to the evolution of the idea of freeorder. We are far from done learning from him.
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First paragraphs of the 1992 lecture:
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“WHETHER WE COMPARE our civilization to that of the past or to much of the rest of the world, something unusual has emerged in Western Europe. This oddity, to which we sometimes give the label 'modern society' is a compound of many features, just a few of which we may isolate. There is a particular technique of production, which we call industrialism, a set of relations in this productive process, which we call capitalism, a concept of the relation between the single person and the society, which we term individualism, a particular attitude towards the procuring of wealth and the natural world which we call rationalism, a certain method of obtaining deeper understanding, which we call science and a particular political system which we call democracy.
If we had lived in any of the great civilizations three hundred years ago, whether in China, India, Latin America or mainland Europe, we could not have predicted the emergence of any of these five features. This leads us to the largest question that faces all social and historical thinkers, how, when and why did this peculiar civilization of which we are a part emerge?”
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“Emergence of a New Hanseatic League: How Special Economic Zones Will Reshape Global Governance” ••• by Mark Frazier, Openworld, 2018, Chapman Law Review ••• (first publication) reproduced here with permission of the author. — vOpenworld
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Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations — a discussion ••• (video) with Tom W. Bell, author of a recent book by that title ••• (Amazon) ••• (Cambridge University Press) — vOpenworld
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A Live Free Thoughts Podcast Recording. Featuring the author Tom W. Bell, Professor, Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; interviewed by Aaron Powell, Director and Editor, Libertarianism.org; and Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.
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A possibly useful internet service: WatchThatPage ••• allows user to list pages and be informed of changes by email. Free until usage becomes heavy, then reasonably priced.
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The Gods of the Copybook Headings ••• by Rudyard Kipling - essential reading for aspirants to freeorder. The link is to the poem and to Pierre Goodrich’s introduction.
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g#228 Pierre F. Goodrich - Liberty Fund — enterprise in support of liberty
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Free Private Cities: Making Governments Complete for You ••• by Titus Gebel •••
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“Imagine a system in which a private company offers you protection of life, liberty and property as a "government service provider". This service includes internal and external security, a legal and regulatory framework and independent dispute resolution. You pay a contractually fixed fee for these services per year. The government service provider, as the operator of the community, cannot unilaterally change this "citizens' contract" with you later on. As a "contract citizen", you have a legal claim to compliance and a claim for damages in the event the provider does not perform. You take care of everything else by yourself, but you can also do whatever you want, limited only by the rights of others and some limited rules of living together. And you only take part if and as long as the offer appeals to you. Disputes between you and the government service provider are heard in independent arbitration courts, as is customary in international commercial law. If the operator ignores the arbitral awards or abuses his power in another way, his customers leave and he goes bankrupt. He therefore has an economic risk and therefore an incentive to treat his customers well and in accordance with the contract. This concept is called a Free Private City. The first part of this book deals with fundamental questions that every social order has to face. The concept of Free Private Cities described in the second part is derived from this; historical and current models are examined. The third part deals with concrete questions of implementation of Free Private Cities. Finally, the fourth part provides an outlook on future developments.” —from the Amazon page
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While we honor the gods of the copybook headings ••• we build cathedrals. When earthquake brings them down we build again. The light is all we have.
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John Andrews’ new book, Downstream ••• co-authored with his brother, Jim Andrews.
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“I've been looking back on my long career in the idea business, close to fifty years in the public arena where human aspirations meet hard realities – the subjective colliding with the objective.  It was a process of reconciling the romance of the former with the stubbornness of the latter.  I hope my climb up the learning curve has helped others climb too.”
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John’s introduction refers to Kipling’s great poem, The Gods of the Copybook Headings.
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Africa, Senegal, the way to prosperity, “Made in Mékhé” ••• a video with Magatte Wade •••, made by FEE ••• as part of their “How We Thrive” series •••
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“Magatte Wade was born in Senegal but spent much of her childhood in France. Growing up, she saw the extreme differences in wealth between Africa and Europe. This disparity sparked a question... Why are some countries rich, and others poor?
As she discovered the answer, Magatte was inspired to become an entrepreneur and bring business and investment back to her home.
In the latest installment of our powerful How We Thrive documentary series, we explore the path to wealth for countries like Senegal, and what a better business environment would mean to the whole of continent of Africa.” —FEE
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Oxford University's Bodleian ••• Libraries present the most extensive collection of materials related to J.R.R.Tolkien known to have been gathered together for public display since the 1950s. Bodleian presents once-in-a-generation exploration of J.R.R.Tolkien's vast creative genius: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth | Weston Library •••, Broad Street | 1 June - 28 October 2018
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July 2018
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The Social Singularity: A Decentralist Manifesto ••• by Max Borders
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Think of the word “emergence” — imagine we live in something this word accurately describes. If so, what is it? How describe it? Once there was The Enlightenment; now there is The Emergence — all around us, elusive, fascinating, mysterious, beautiful, frightening, challenging, inviting flight or engagement. For some of us it inescapably demands attention; it will not allow itself to be ignored. It’s all around us, among our friends and in the tools we use, share, and aspire to learn. Max Border’s book, The Social Singularity, is an exploration of this strange and wonderful space, of the shared life that is emerging among us, and that today is without name, although singular it certainly is. Max takes us to an edge of mystery beyond which may dwell wondrous beasts, and that is full justification for reading his book.
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“Statement on Free Speech Values” ••• University of Maryland
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“The primary purpose of a university is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, and service. To fulfill these functions, a free exchange of ideas is necessary not only within its walls but with the world beyond. The history of intellectual discovery and growth clearly demonstrates the need for freedom; the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. Whenever someone is deprived of the right to state unmentionable views, others are necessarily deprived of the right to listen to and evaluate those views. Few institutions in our society have this same central purpose. It follows that a university must protect and guarantee intellectual and academic freedom. To do so it must promote an environment in which any and all ideas are presented. Through open exchange, vigorous debate, and rational discernment, the campus community can evaluate ideas.” —Thanks to Steamboat Institute •••
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Freeorder in learning (freeordering self): Maria Popova; Shane Parrish:
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Maria Popova Brain Pickings •••
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives •••
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Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street ••• — “A collection of signal in a world of noise.”
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Inklings of ∮forge (integrating forge) •••
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Charles G. Koch’s list ••• of recommended books. From the perspective of freeorder this is excellent. A few or these books are new to me.
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“Make America Natural Again,” an interview ••• with Jim McNelly of Renewable Carbon Management, and NaturSoil of California.
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The paintings of Winston Churchill, shown by Heather James Fine Art, San Francisco, Jackson Hole — details •••
Marrakech_-_Painting
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A quality of light pervades everything WSC painted, and wrote.
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“All Hail Saudi Arabia's First Female Ride-App Drivers” ••• - Wall Street Journal video
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Saudi Arabia's first female professional drivers have taken to the road following last month's lifting of the kingdom's driving ban for women. The WSJ caught a ride with one such driver to find out what her male and female passengers think of the changes.
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Istituto Bruno Leoni ••• an Atlas Network ••• partner based in Torino, recently held a conference ••• about the data economy and its potential to further economic growth and combat misinformation surrounding the issue.
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Economist and founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Ralph Harris (1924-2006)
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Financial Times, October 19, 2006 — some early history of the emergence of freeorder is related in this tribute ••• to Harris.
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The Ludwig von Mises Centre ••• (London), 2017
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Welcome to the website of the Ludwig von Mises Centre (“Mises UK”), the home of Austrian Economics in the United Kingdom, established in 2017 to counter the nonsense of mainstream politics and mainstream economics.
There already exists a large English-language Misesian presence at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. Yet we would like to add a distinctly British flavour to the vibrant worldwide renaissance of Austrian Economics. We would also like to embed the long-standing tradition of classical liberalism here in the UK into a strong economic matrix of Austrian economic thought, to help make both stronger in these ideologically turbulent times.
Our aim is to build an active, innovative, and intellectually rigorous Austrian School libertarian movement in this country. We will be holding conferences, producing podcasts, and publishing essays in order to spread the ideas of Ludwig von Mises and the broader Austrian School: sound money, freedom, and peace. We are looking for writers, podcasters, and ideas. Want to help? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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Interview ••• (video): Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now, with Jordan Peterson
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June 2018
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Max Border’s new book ••• The Social Singularity: How decentralization will allow us transcend politics, create global prosperity, and avoid the robot apocalypse — just published
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CONTENTS
Introduction....................................................................................................... 1
Chapter One: The End of Politics.......................................................................3
Chapter Two: Cracks in the Pillars...................................................................25
Chapter Three: The Social Singularity Is Near.................................................55
Chapter Four: Rediscovering Our Humanity....................................................75
Chapter Five: The Social Construction of Our New Reality.............................99
Chapter Six: The Future of Governance.........................................................119
Chapter Seven: Values for a Post-Political Age..............................................151
Afterword: A Promising and Troubling Possibility........................................173 Acknowledgments.......................................................................................... 177 Notes.............................................................................................................. 179
Review & Support Us....................................................................................200
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Comment on Pat Wagner’s Facebook post ••• on differences, 18 June 2018
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Office for Open Network was designed to find and support the maximum possible benefit from the existence of differences.
Homogenization of problem solutions sometimes achieves significant gains, but the invisible cost of those gains is the elimination of the possibility of the emergence of better but unexpectable solutions. In the long run this cost can be the difference that destroys the viability of a culture. -ls
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Interview ••• with Erik Prince & NYT Opinon article on Afghanistan (Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, is the chairman of Frontier Services Group. He founded the company formerly known as Blackwater, a security contractor.)
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Q: “Do you worry that One Belt One Road is an effort to undermine U.S. influence?”
A: “No, I think that people that trade well together tend to cooperate economically and politically much better than the people that don’t trade. And when I look at the transformative effect that, for example, a railroad when it finally connected in the 1870s America, it took what was a 180-day voyage by foot and horse down to six days. And so for China to put down money to build a highway or a railway across parts of Africa or Asia, it’s a hugely positive transformative effect on people’s lives in those neighboring countries.”