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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,” an institutional form essential to the full emergence of freeorder, in various ways, among all of 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 we seek to conserve is exactly the same freedom. Such conservation of liberty requires saying “no” to some visible good things, and thereby protecting many many essential but invisible good things.
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Freeorder Bridge 0.95 ••• version 0.95
Freeorder Bridge: from here to there ••• version 0.95 — a five page article (pdf) about how we will cross a seemingly impossibly wide strait. The metaphor of a suspension bridge is used to begin discussion of a centuries old chain of insights and actions that have enabled and will continue to enable the emergence of freeorder.
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Weavers of freeorder
Weavers of freeorder are pattern finders, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, connection makers who work for all who discover that their home is Open Network.
Open Network names a freeorder comprised of and arising from all aspects of the world in which an explorer of sovereign spirit may rejoice. It is old. No one invented it.
freeorder is a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
Quest is an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations in course of which resonance grows.
Resonance is the expectation of magical flow, an emergent awareness arising from a fusing, in present action, of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
These capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
 
 
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Hayek, on order, and how freeorder connects his “kinds of order” with quest
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🔹 The word order is fundamental:
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F. A. Hayek, in Volume I, Chapter Two, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty (University of Chicago, 1973), suggests this definition of the word "order":
"By 'order' we shall throughout describe a state of affairs in which a multiplicity of elements of various kinds are so related to each other that we may learn from our acquaintance with some spatial or temporal part of the whole to form correct expectations concerning the rest, or at least expectations which have a good chance of proving correct."
"Taxis", as in "taxidermy" the deliberate ordering of the skin of animals. Cosmos = Greek for "natural order"; Taxis = Greek for "designed order."
This is a brilliant chapter and the origin of my work on freeorder.
Hayek's brilliance manifested itself in seeing that there is a third kind of order, sort of between "natural" and "designed". Those orders are "the results of human action but not of human design" and so have been called both "natural" and "designed" leading to endless confusion and discussions that are never resolved.
In such discussions the word freeorder is helpful.
This way of thinking about order becomes especially interesting when linked to the idea of optimizing quest, "an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations". Hayek did not do that, but it could be said to be implied in his work. I have made it explicit.
The word "governed" here means "highly influenced by," 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 well capitalized ∮forge 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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February 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Erik Voorhees: Within Five Years There Will Be a Major Financial Meltdown and Crypto Will Be Ready •••
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“Bitcoin: It may fail but we now know how to do it” ••• Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jan 2018, on Medium •••
 
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Michael Strong meets creators early in their lives, Ethan (age 5)
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“In addition to my three year video series with Alana, now age seven, today I had my first call with Ethan, age five. After he acknowledges that it is weird talking on video like this, we quickly get into his building projects. I ask him what he thinks about, and he thinks about building things. At around 2:58 he acknowledges that he is a "creator." It turns out that he is already drawing pictures of what he wants to build before he builds it. He acknowledges that he was not doing it this way back when he was three. I dig into his creative process a bit and am amazed at how sophisticated he is already. Here I'm getting to know him and his world, how comfortable he is talking about ideas, how aware he is of his own creative process, and feeling out how comfortable he'll be going deeper. Much of this is trust building and a diagnosis of how abstractly he is thinking. I'm observing where he is and how far we can go with respect to exploring his intellectual and creative world in various ways going forward. He is way ahead of most children his age as a self-empowered, self-aware, creator.” ••• ~video, YouTube
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• - “Our program is especially well-suited to young people who are ready to take responsibility for their own learning, and are purpose-driven, entrepreneurial, unconventional, or intellectually curious.” —Michael Strong, founder
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Michael Strong •••
 
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Columbia University Seminar on Innovation ••• co-chaired by Ronald Gross, author: Socrates' Way, Peak Learning, The Great School Debate; and other books. ~thanks to Ron Gross
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“The focus of this Seminar is on the process of change  -- in individuals, organizations, and society.  Its scope includes personal change throughout the lifespan, and organizational change via major institutions including mass media,  business enterprises, libraries, voluntary organizations, cyber-culture, and educational systems, as well as processes ranging from socialization and enculturation, to civic discourse, meaningful conversation, and independent scholarship.”
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Ron Gross •••
 
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How Major Change Happens
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“The normal process of change through political and bureaucratic systems is very gradual and primarily serves the immediate interests of those in the system itself. Real change happens through punctuated equilibria. Certain crucial moments in history arise in which small groups of effective people with proper understandings can entirely recast systems, working usually through ad-hoc entities thrown up outside the regular system but able to steer the direction of events.” ~Jim Bennett
 
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Bill Sardi, contra almost everything we hear about the current virus outbreak.
 
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“Viral Alarm: When Fury Overcomes Fear” An Essay ••• by Xu Zhangrun, Translated and Annotated by Geremie R. Barmé — written by a brave man, and published in Beijing in Chinese in early February 2020 and published in English 10 Feb 2020 by ChinaFile •••
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‘First and foremost, the political life of the nation is in a state of collapse and the ethical core of the system has been rendered hollow. The ultimate concern of China’s polity today and that of its highest leader is to preserve at all costs the privileged position of the Communist Party and to maintain ruthlessly its hold on power. “The Broad Masses of People” are nothing more than a taxable unit, a value-bearing cipher in a metrics-based system of social management geared towards stability maintenance. “The People” is a rubric that describes the price everyone has to pay to prop up the existing system. We are funding the countless locusts—large and small—whose continued existence depends on a totalitarian system.’
 
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“Miss Virginia” ••• [trailer] — vouchers
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Vouchers for every child’s education would be a step forward, followed by gradual replacement of tax derived funds with voluntarily sourced funds.
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Review ••• [The Spool] . Latest stories •••
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Moving Picture Institute •••
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“The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator that creates and supports high-impact film and video content designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom.”
 
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“Journalism is suffering from a crisis of its own making” - Sharyl Attkisson, 2015 ••• [YouTube]
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Detailed insight into how the relationship between government and media works, and how it has changed for the worse. Attkisson has been a victim of this change. However, her exclusion from main media has created an opportunity for her that she is using well.
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vSheridan [explorers foundation’s vortex on free press]
 
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Founding Startup Societies: A Step By Step Guide ••• by Mark Frazier and Joseph McKinney
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“Based on the authors’ experience in over 50 countries and over 120 projects, it is the most comprehensive guide to building areas of policy reform. 
“The Guidebook covers 20 steps to create a Startup Society, from designing small pilots to running a full-scale city. It also introduces five unique best practices for making Startup Societies: creating consortiums to deliver immediate value, launching competitions to find local partners, leading with gifts for grassroots residents, lifting barriers to investment, and sharing upsides with local communities.”
 
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Mosaic Warfare ••• Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies •••
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“Mosaic uses highly resilient networks of redundant nodes and multiple kill paths to minimize the critical system value of U.S. nodes that an enemy could target. This ensures U.S. forces are effective in contested environments. At the same time, disaggregated functionality would allow a mosaic force to be highly adaptable across the spectrum of military operations. Mosaic combines the attributes of highly capable, high-end systems with the volume and agility afforded by numerous smaller force elements that can be rearranged into many different configurations or presentations. When composed together, these smaller elements complete operational observe–orient–decide–act cycles (“OODA loops”) and kill chains. Like LEGO® blocks that nearly universally fit together, mosaic forces can be composed together in a way to create packages that can effectively target an adversary’s system with just-enough overmatch to succeed.” —Restoring America’s Military Competitiveness: Mosaic Warfare, By Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.) and Heather Penney with Maj Gen Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.) and Mark Gunzinger
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Worth reading to develop thinking about freeorder: utilizing a proliferation of networked OODA loops (see Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War •••)
 
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Toward relief from abusive decisions of administrative agencies — from an email:
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••• Petition Pending Before Arizona Supreme Court Would Fix Inadvertent Error in JRAD Rule 3 — R-20-0008 Petition to Amend Rule 3
 
Washington, DC (February 4, 2019) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance has filed a Petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to amend Rule 3 of the Rules of Procedure for Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions (JRAD Rule 3) because it ignores the current statute (A.R.S. 12-911) passed almost 50 years ago. The purpose of A.R.S. 12-911, which only requires a showing of “good cause,” is to make it easier to maintain the status quo while a neutral, independent judge evaluates the disputed administrative decision. But in 2017, the Court inadvertently amended its own court rules and made it harder to obtain such stays. The Supreme Court failed to catch the error in time, and the flawed rule stands today in the way of the legislature’s carefully crafted objective of protecting the public from the administrative proceedings of state agencies. 
 
Without this check on agency decisions, it is harder to control the Administrative State. Administrative adjudication in Arizona is rife with self-serving decisions issued by agencies acting as prosecutors, relief, judges, and enforcers. JRAD Rule 3 makes it extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive for JRAD appellants to obtain any effective relief through the courts against a state agency’s abuses. NCLA’s Petition asks the Court to correct this error and bring its court rules into compliance with the statute.
 
The Court has opened the comment period on NCLA’s Petition. Comments should be submitted on or before May 1, 2020, at the following online site: https://www.azcourts.gov/Rules-Forum/aft/1079
 
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Mosaic Warfare ••• (Epoch Times video, with text): a good example of freeorder thinking
 
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Cultural shift: To be may become more important than to seem …
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“… to work in Tesla’s artificial intelligence department does not require a specific degree.
‘A PhD is definitely not required … I don’t care if you even graduated high school’ Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Twitter on Feb. 2.” — WSJ
 
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Brexit — “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” ••• Winston S. Churchill, November 10, 1942. Jim Bennett has drawn our attention to this quotation on the day Britain left the European Union, and then Jim added: “The work of demolition has been completed.  The construction of CANZUK can now commence.”
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CANZUK Union •••
 
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January 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
Brexit
31 January 2020, 2300 GMT
The Anglosphere Challenge ••• by James C. Bennett, 2004
Victor Hill, on Brexit •••
 
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“Homeless community at East Austin camp creates committee 'for the homeless, run by the homeless’” ••• ~thanks to Barbara Johnson ••• whose email subject was “The endless wonder of human beings” 🐬
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Another creation of the informals: See Hernando de Soto, The Other Path •••
 
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Mutual Aid ••• (the entire book, without charge) by Peter Kropotkin ••• (a short biography by Jeff Riggenbach) — the concept of mutual aid is fundamental to the vision of freeorder. This is a fascinating book (1902) by a great geographer, anthropologist, and historian.
 
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The Impeachment Handbook ••• with John Yoo ••• & Richard Epstein ••• Friday, January 17, 2020, interview by Peter Robinson, Hoover Institution [see next entry below]
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“The impeachment proceedings against President Trump has now reached the Senate and to help our viewers navigate the legal and political issues surrounding it, Peter Robinson sits down with the Hoover Institution’s Visiting Fellow John Yoo and Senior Fellow Richard Epstein, two of the foremost legal scholars in the country.”
 
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Uncommon Knowledge ••• — interviews by Peter Robinson ••• Hoover Institution ••• ~thanks to Jameson Campaigne •••
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Jameson Campaigne writes: “Some marvelous, high-level presentations here. Worth checking maybe once a month. Both audio-only and video choices for each. Great for upper-level college students. The links below with "0" after them are audio-only, but video also available. Peter Thiel talk at the Mont Pelerin meeting not listed, yet. For long drives/flights, dumping audios onto a Bluetoothed laptop or phone an option. The links below merely those I might wish to view, some time:
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Stopping here at page 19. There are 73 pages in all.
 
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“We now have evidence that close contact existed between the First Emperor’s China and the West before the formal opening of the Silk Road …” •••
 
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Peter Robinson interviews ••• Daniel Hannan about his book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, published in 2010. This interview is of lasting value.
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Daniel Hannan at CATO Institute, September 2010 •••
 
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A Prosecutor's Job, U.S. Supreme Court, 1935 - not to win cases but to assure that justice shall be done
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"Long ago, in a case called Berger [U.S. Supreme Court: Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78 (1935)], the Supreme Court set the standard for the conduct of US attorneys:
The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all, and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor--indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one." —Found in Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, by Sidney Powell
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Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78 (1935) •••
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Sidney Powell’s website •••
 
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Sidney Powell ••• author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice ••• defends ••• General Michael T. Flynn against a justice system become destructive of truth and liberty.
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… “Flynn is innocent of all charges, the government’s allegations are false, and evidence the government released only recently needs to be reviewed and addressed.  Mr. Flynn was always truthful, and future filings will make that clear.  Gen. Flynn has been targeted by vindictive and unprincipled prosecutors. … Gen. Flynn … has fulfilled his commitments to cooperate with the investigation in good faith.  The same cannot be said for the prosecution.  We will work now to reclaim his good name for his sake and that of his family, and to help restore trust in our justice system by standing up against the scandal and abuses of his unjust prosecution.” [this is glyph 620]
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https://licensedtolie.com — “Licensed to Lie reveals the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power to the highest halls of our government.”
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vGuardian - on defense of producers against predators, outside and within government
 
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“The successful flight of former automobile executive Carlos Ghosn to his native Lebanon from the kangaroo court of Japan should be seen as a victory for individual liberties.” ••• by Conrad Black ••• author of A Matter of Principle ••• an account of prosecutorial abuse
 
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The 1619 Project Debate: A Bibliography ••• Phillip W. Magness – January 3, 2020
 
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Patents and Copyrights: Do we need them? Tom W. Bell has written on copyright and a lot of what he has written is useful in thinking about patents. ~thanks to Justin Longo and Josh Souter for raising good questions
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Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good ••• Tom W. Bell ••• published by Mercatus Center ••• at George Mason University.
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“Two views dominate the debate over copyright policy. The view from the left tends to question all restraints on expression, whether they arise from censorship, copyright, or the common law, and regards property rights as far from sacrosanct. From the right, in contrast, copyright looks like any other sort of property, which as such demands the same respect afforded to tangible property like land, buildings, and tools. Each viewpoint reveals important truths: copyright impinges on freedoms of expression, even while its exclusive rights stimulate the creation of new works. Both viewpoints, however, fail to perceive copyright’s most distinguishing feature: its origin as a statutory privilege distinctly different from, and less justified than, the rights Americans enjoy thanks to the common law. These pages build on that insight to offer a third view of copyright, one that does not quite fit the traditional left-right divide. You might think of it as a (not the) libertarian view, given that reasonable libertarians will disagree with many of this book’s finer points and some of its major ones. Regardless of how you label this approach, though, it offers fresh answers to unresolved questions about the best way forward for copyright law and policy.” —Tom W. Bell
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Things the book covers:
• A bird’s-eye view of the common law
• An economic model for maximizing copyright’s social benefits
• A history of the non-natural, statutory origins of copyright
• Reasons for respecting others’ copyrights
• An understanding of copyright as a type of statutory privilege, not property
• The indelicate imbalancing of copyright policy
• Fared use as a welcome relief from the misty boundaries of fair use
• Using copyright’s misuse defense to open an exit to the common law
• Why and how to deregulate access to original expressive works
• The benefits of uncopyright and an open copyright system
• An account of why we will outgrow the need for copyright.
 
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“Remember the Common Law” ••• excellent, brief, by Jim Harper
 
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Alma Deutscher, ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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Piano Concerto ••• (YouTube); Violin Concerto ••• (YouTube)
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Trio movement for violin, viola and piano ••• (YouTube)
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Given four notes, at random (b, a, e-flat, g), Alma improvises •••
 
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Frederick Douglass: A biography •••
 
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Australian fires and temperature not worst ever: “It has been hotter, fires have burnt larger areas” ••• 4 Jan 2020 Jennifer Marohasy ••• offers information critical of most of what we are being told.
 
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Which book to read next? JD Bertron explains how economics can help: “New Year, New Books” •••
 
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Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography ••• Karl Popper
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A good introduction is Philosophy and the Real World ••• (Amazon) by Bryan Magee, published by Open Court
 
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Money that does not lose purchasing power every day? These articles by Keith Wiener explain how that might be made to happen: “The Unadulterated Gold Standard” ••• January 11, 2017 by Kieth Wiener ••• founder of The Gold Standard Institute ••• ~thanks to JD Bertron, Business Resilience Insights ••• vMulligan
 
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Some thoughts on education and political priorities — Summary: Although we understand some systems well enough to make precise or statistical predictions, most interesting systems - whether physical, mental, cultural, or virtual - are complex, nonlinear, and have properties that emerge from feedback between many interactions. Exhaustive searches of all possibilities are impossible. Unfathomable and unintended consequences dominate. Problems cascade. Complex systems are hard to understand, predict and control.” ••• by Dominic Cummings, aide and strategist for Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister. This is a 237 page pdf beginning with a three page summary. Interesting threads are woven together in this article.
 
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“Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?” ••• ~thanks to Valnora Leister, author of a book about the Lusosphere •••
 
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The importance of Error Correction: Preserving institutions of error correction more important than policy
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Note: The article referred to by Cummings (below) does not seem to be at the link given. The quotation from Deutsch about error correction can be found on Twitter. This link ••• possibly goes to the paper Cummings has mentioned.
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“PPS. The foundation problem with the EU was best summarised by the brilliant physicist David Deutsch, the man who extended Alan Turing’s 1936 paper on computation into the realm of quantum mechanics. Deutsch said: ‘The EU is incompatible with Britain’s more advanced political culture. I’m voting Leave… [E]rror correction is the basic issue, and I can’t foresee the EU improving much in this respect… [P]reserving the institutions of error correction is more important than any policy… Whether errors can be corrected without violence is not a “concern” but a condition for successfully addressing concerns.’” —this is from Dominic Cummings blog •••
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Cummings is an important strategist for Boris Johnson.
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Error correction is one of the deepest requirements of freeorder - see the works of Karl Popper. A good introduction is Philosophy and the Real World ••• (Amazon) by Bryan Magee, published by Open Court
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See also the website ••• of Rafe Champion for good articles about Popper.
 
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New York, Conversations! •••
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“Lively-minded New Yorkers like you are coming together in conversations that are exhilarating and empowering. Join us to make your life even more enjoyable, interesting, and meaningful.” ~thanks to Ron Gross x.com, a close friend of Socrates
 
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Ron Gross and his friend, Socrates
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December 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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An exchange of letters of mutual affection and criticism: EU and Britain
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Frans Timmermans: “My love letter to Britain: family ties can never really be severed” •••
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Daniel Hannan responds: “A letter to the Eurocrats: Britain’s quarrel is with you, not with Europe” •••
 
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David French on growing division based on political tribalism •••
 
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Irshad Manji: “Worry Less About Offending People And More About Being Able To Take Offense” ••• (YouTube, about 3 minutes, 6 March 2019) ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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Explorers Foundation’s page on Irshad Manji ••• vIjtihad
 
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“Bettina Brentano: A virtuoso muse” ••• by Jan Swafford, in The Guardian, August 2003: An introduction to a most extraordinary woman, whose inspiration enters into the story of freeorder. [this is glyph 554]
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“… Bettina had a horror of the ordinary. To Clemens [her brother] she wrote, in terms she would echo for the rest of her life: ‘It is no use telling me to be calm; to me that conveys sitting with my hands in my lap, looking forward to the broth we are having for supper... My soul is a passionate dancer; she dances to hidden music which only I can hear... Whatever police the world may prescribe to rule the soul, I refuse to obey them.’” ~thanks to Jan Swafford for preserving the memory of this extraordinary woman
There is speculation that this magnificent declaration ••• of Beethoven's about music and his own place in the world may have been written by Bettina. If so, we owe her thanks: she captured an immortal truth.
 
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“The New Civil Liberties Alliance ••• has filed a lawsuit ••• in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the funding mechanism for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as unconstitutional. Specifically, NCLA alleges that Congress unlawfully divested its legislative appropriations power when it gave CFPB the ability to draw funding directly from the Federal Reserve, without annual appropriations from Congress and without oversight from the appropriations committees of Congress.”
 
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A moment out of Tolkien: ‘On Twitter, a Yorkshireman confirmed that locals were “coming down from the hills to see off the dark forces”.’ Sometimes I love the visionary atavism of the British people — an atavism that leaps chasms of darkness to light on the other side.
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The quotation was found in an article ••• by Allison Pearson ••• published in The Telegraph ••• (most of the content is behind a paywall).
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On the significance of cultural atavism see the recent book by Emmanuel Todd, Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus
 
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Initiative for Free Trade ••• “Makes the intellectual and moral case for free trade, and sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalise the world trading system.”
 
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Janet Daley, in The Telegraph, London, 12 Dec 2019, 10:3pm GMT: “Well I have to admit it. I burst into tears. The people of Britain have spoken - the real people. Not the social media trolls or the Twitter addicts or that whole parallel universe of ghosts who seemed - to the credulous - to be what politics was about now, but the grown-up, decent, rational people of this country who have once again asserted their right to be heard.
"And because Boris Johnson insisted that this was a Brexit election - with that endlessly repeated mantra about ‘getting Brexit done’ - this was more than an election: it was a second referendum too. So that’s the end of that.”
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The Anglosphere Challenge vAnglosphere by James C. Bennett
 
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Sharyl Attkisson ••• is writing for The Epoch Times ••• vSheridan
 
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Jim Bennett: “The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch: 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” ••• by Jeff Greason ••• and James C. Bennett •••, June 5, 2019
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“The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch” - The full study ••• the basis for the above article. vWatt
 
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Artisanal gold miners: “A group of international organizations, led by Switzerland’s Better Gold Initiative (BGI), has extended their responsible mining initiative to hundreds of artisanal gold miners from El Chocó, Colombia, which are now part of a fully traceable and accountable international supply chain.” ••• by Cecilia Jamasmie ••• of Mining.com
 
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Britain: “I said earlier that no general election this century has been pivotal. That is true, but one popular vote has been – the Leave result in 2016. It was the most comprehensive democratic repudiation of our establishments that this country has known.” —Charles Moore, The Telegraph, Dec 6, 2019.”It may not feel like it, but this election could turn out to be as pivotal as 1945 or 1979” ••• ~subscription may be required
 
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Joel Kotkin: Mayors Won’t Rule the World: ‘As big city politics shift ever further to the left, particularly on climate and “social justice” issues, not only are they becoming toxic to the middle class, they are becoming places many avoid rather than models that invite imitation.’ http://www.newgeography.com/content/006484-mayors-wont-rule-world
 
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Discussions going on regarding water use and conservation, watersheds, wetlands, riparian zones, Colorado Headwaters, Colorado water law ~thanks to Jerry Mallett and Ed Warner
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Colorado Headwaters •••
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Peaks to People Water Fund •••
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Sand County Foundation •••
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Illustrated explanation of mountain meadow revival ••• from American Rivers •••
 
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If a venture participating in freeorder network were to engage at top levels with one of Europe's largest financial institutions it could raise questions about culture to which this would be a valuable input, because to know a tree well it is good to know about its roots.
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“Miracle Men: How Market Liberals Saved Germany from Economic Catastrophe:
A little implementation of free-market principles goes a long way” ••• by Samuel Gregg ••• research director at the Acton Institute •••
 
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Stephen Ministry ••• is a lay care giving ministry that supplements Christ’s Episcopal Church pastoral care. ~thanks to Dennis Smith
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Stephen Ministry is a one on one ministry that provides servants who listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to others who are facing crisis or are going through tough times. The care … is confidential. The confidential relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, may continue for months or years.
 
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On Individualism ••• Alan Macfarlane ••• (whose work is a principle resource for freeorder)
 
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November 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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Civilization can revive “… when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd and in opposition to it. A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively . The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial and other influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed y the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer’s receptiveness for new truth.” —Albert Schweitzer ~widely quoted, source?
 
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“Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland” ••• a feature-length documentary film has raised the funds (through Kickstarter •••) needed for final filming, editing, and release. ~thanks to Susan Marcinkus and Larry Jacobs Producers, Manifest Films, Inc.
 
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We are fully on board with George Gilder, and his new venture, Gilder Press ••• a franchise within Laissez Faire Books, LLC ••• an independent publisher of technology and financial research. — participants in freeorder network may call me for details (see “contact”) -ls ~thanks to Jameson Campaigne
 
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Thanksgiving and the Birth of American Free Enterprise ••• by Richard M. Ebeling
 
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Holodomor Memorial Day in Ukraine and Around the Globe ••• by Marianna Davidovich Brashear •••
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“Today [24Nov19] the world remembers the atrocities inflicted by the horrific communist and socialist policies of Stalin and the USSR. There is nothing more important than human rights and continuing the fight for freedom for every human being.” … “For over 50 years, Holodomor was erased from history through cover-ups and denials and was never memorialized.”
 
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Nanodust ••• unclonable diamond identity layer on any object - registered on blockchain
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“DUST Identity developed a solution that utilizes nanodiamonds to create an unclonable identity layer on any object. An optical scanner and cloud-based infrastructure provide an interface to the object identity and provenance. DUST ensures that trusted data and verifiable products are used and traced across their full lifecycle. This foundational technology can be utilized with blockchains to extend the trusted digital thread by securely anchoring it to products, parts, packaging and documents.” vWatt
 
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To catch a thief - a short video ••• admirable, amusing, cheering. ~thanks to Tim Kern
 
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Second Amendment Sanctuary: If you think it’s good for people to be able to defend themselves against physical attack then this might be of interest: “Second Amendment Sanctuary, Step by Step Guide to Make It Happen, Example Resolutions” ••• by Dave Workman, a senior editor at the GunMag, a publication of the Second Amendment Foundation •••
 
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J’Accuse ••• A letter to the President of the French Republic by Émil Zola, published 13 Jan 1893, covered the entire front page of Georges Clemenceu’s newspaper, “L’Aurore”, exposing the corruption of the leadership of the French Army, whose lies led the false conviction for treason of Alfred Dreyfus, who was fully exonerated only in 1906. vSheridan
 
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“The Texas Bullion Depository Bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 12, 2015, officially establishing the first ever state-administered precious metals bullion depository (HB 483; originally filed and submitted by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R - Southlake)). The establishment of the Texas Bullion Depository creates an official depository operation, operated under contract with the State of Texas by Lone Star Tangible Assets of Austin, Texas.” —https://www.texasbulliondepository.gov/first-in-class
 
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The American Idea: Core Documents ••• available without charge online, from the Ashbrook Center •••
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“The Ashbrook Center seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Ashbrook teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.” —Mission of Ashland Center •••
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Teaching American History ••• a program of Ashland Center
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Interactive timeline of historical documents •••
 
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PadSplit ••• a co-living startup formed in 2017 offers one solution for inexpensive housing.
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A National Review article ••• about PadSplit
 
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“The California Exodus Is Real” ••• by Ronald Stein, of Fox and Hounds ••• reposted by Joel Kotkin
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“The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (GC, Section 7285.1) says an employer who follows federal immigration law is now violating California law, is committing a crime, and is subject to significant fines. At the same time, it is also a crime if an employer fails to follow federal immigration laws.” -from the above article
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NewGeography.com is a site devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where we live and work. We want to know not only what is happening, but also how you, your company and your community can best adapt to rapidly changing conditions.
 
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The TANK Center for Sonic Arts ••• Rangely, Colorado
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“The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is an unusual arts venue--a tank, literally, an empty seven-story water tank in Rangely, Colorado, discovered in the 70's to have extraordinary acoustic resonance, a reverberation longer and richer than the Taj Mahal’s. At this point, The Tank is a fully-equipped recording venue and concert site, as well as a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization, founded in 2013. The place has become a haven for the local music community and a unique destination for artists, sonic explorers, and curious visitors to learn to listen in a whole new way.”
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Three Days at the Tank ••• by guitarist Bill Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison
 
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A movement to take Alberta ••• Saskatchewan ••• Manitoba ••• out of Canada is gaining strength. ~thanks to Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge
 
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Bee keeping firm 🐝🐝🐝 seeking large building rooftops; businesses, schools, libraries. Full service, and workshops for anyone interested in the bees. ~thanks to Linx Selby, who works for bees in Dallas and Houston, contact Linx through Alvéole 🐝🐝🐝
 
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Legalized Theft of Real Estate ••• Pacific Legal Foundation is taking this to court: “Michigan has twisted the foreclosure process into nothing more than government sanctioned theft, allowing officials to seize and sell the property of delinquent taxpayers—and keep all proceeds above what’s needed to pay off the debt.” vGuardian
 
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Jim Bennett will be moderating a panel at the Space Settlement Summit, 13-14 Nov 2019 in Pasadena, CA. Detailed Schedule ••• (Jim’s panel is “What are the material developments of the last 12 months?”) ~thanks to Jim Bennett, co-author of America 3.0
 
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“Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead: In eastern England, a motley team of farmers, university researchers and conservationists is digging into the region’s barley and wheat fields to turn back the clock.” ••• ~thanks to Jerry Mallett, Colorado Headwaters •••
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• on November 2 wrote in The Telegraph ••• about the Gunpowder Plot: ‘Next week, as every year at this season, orange sparks will rise from 10,000 bonfires. We can be a surprisingly unhistorical people, but there is one date that we all “remember, remember”. Ponder, as you stand before the roaring flames, how unusual it is that our greatest surviving folk tradition is a celebration of parliamentary sovereignty. No other nation in the world defines its identity through its elected assembly.’ —most of the Telegraph’s content is behind a paywall
 
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Labels, Learning and Love ••• - Lois Holzman interviews Irshad Manji, author of Don’t Label Me, New York City, Monday, November 11, 2019
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“The first Fred Newman Lecture presents educator and author, Irshad Manji, whose writings and media appearances have made her a lightning rod for the international debate over identity—in dialogue with interviewer Lois Holzman, director East Side Institute and Newman’s intellectual partner for forty years. Manji’s recent book,  Don't Label Me, is a gutsy guide to reclaiming our humanity in a time of trenchant tribalism and bears family resemblances to Newman’s claim that identity is holding back human development.”
 
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The Physics Hypertextbook ••• by Glenn Ehlert •••
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“Too many textbooks are written by corporations, not authors. This is especially true of the textbooks for secondary schools. They sound like they were written by no one. The Physics Hypertextbook is written by me and should have a recognizable voice to it. Whether or not it's a good voice is, of course, open to debate.”
 
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FIRE ••• defends freedom of speech on campus; praises President Obama •••
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“Former President Barack Obama specifically discussed college campuses in remarks this week about the “danger” of “call-out culture” and the importance of being willing to hear opposing viewpoints. FIRE appreciates his remarks based on the calls for censorship we see too often on college campuses, which regularly result in the punishment of a student or professor for their views.” — “Obama on Call-Out Culture: ‘That’s Not Activism’
The former president challenged young activists for being judgmental. ‘You should get over that quickly,’ he said.” ••• (New York Times)
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Virginia Postrel, author of The Fabric Of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World ••• is a Director of FIRE
 
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A thought: Spaces into which flow as yet unconscious bits of freeorder, able to self-assemble into new coherence as each responds to aligning fields comprising the bounding walls. -ls
 
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Karen Christensen, of Berkshire Publishing Group ••• about good places ••• that are neither home nor work, building on The Great Good Place, by Ray Oldenburg, 1989.
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Also from Karen, a free ebook, The Good Library Manual ••• by Tim Coates
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Berkshire China Launch ••• 2017
 
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Top British troupe to make China debut of Shakespeare classics ••• ~thanks to Alan Macfarlane
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“NANCHANG, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambridge Shakespeare Festival artistic director David Crilly will lead his troupe to stage classic Shakespeare dramas in the hometown of Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu in east China's Jiangxi Province during a Sino-British culture exchange week in October. The premiers of the dramas including "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet" will be a highlight at the Tang Xianzu International Theater Exchange Month held in the city of Fuzhou from Oct. 19 to the end of November. … During the upcoming exchange month, two lectures will be given by Alan Macfarlane, professor of social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and Lucy Hamilton, editor-in-chief of literature at Cam Rivers Publishing •••.” —Nanchang, Sept. 17 (Xinhua)
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.”
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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October 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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COSM Conference just over - interesting list of speakers ••• including George Gilder
 
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“What’s at Stake in the Debate over AI?” •••
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“Well-respected scholars have advanced the idea of a singularity, in which computers will soon exceed the abilities of humans in all areas, whereupon humans will either become extinct or either be relegated to the status of a computer’s pet or have the good sense to upload themselves and thereby in fact become computers. Such speculations reject the strong evidence that humans have abilities that exceed any capacities of computers. This includes both computers as they exist now and as they might exist in the future.” —from the pages of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence •••
 
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“… General Flynn’s case is shaping up to be the biggest instance of prosecutorial misconduct since the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906, which badly-educated Americans most certainly know nothing about).” —James Howard Kunstler ••• “The Fumes of Fanaticism” •••
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Flynn has a great defense attorney, Sydney Powell ••• author of Licensed To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.
 
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“Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland” ••• a feature-length documentary film - now at Kickstarter! ••• to fund final filming, editing, and release.
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“A feature-length documentary film in progress, being made by Manifest Films (S. Marcinkus & L. Jacobs, producers) for broadcast on Chicago PBS, WTTW11 Television. WTTW has been at the forefront of telling the stories of the many immigrants who have helped build the city of Chicago . . . the Irish, Italians, Poles, Jews, Greeks, Lithuanians, Puerto Ricans and others. Yet there is one ethnic group whose stories remain untold: the Czechs. . . That’s about to change!” ~thanks to Susan Marcinkus and Larry Jacobs Producers, Manifest Films, Inc.
 
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Paul Jacob ••• on U.S. foreign policy ••• (Superpower Blues) - we cannot make the world in our image by force; but we can praise liberty by example. Paul Jacob, Common Sense ••• — Thought of the Day: “The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government.” -Rose Wilder Lane
 
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Colorado Headwaters Project ••• “… we are pushing forward to marshal private-sector support for protecting, restoring and enhancing our headwaters resources.” ~thanks to Jerry Mallett
 
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Exploration of the home page of ContrarianEdge ••• discovered a “Personal Manifesto” by Vitaliy Katsenelson (VK) derived from many readings of Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life — the author asks that this long article not be posted online as he may decide to make a book of it.
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On ContrarianEdge VK writes: “The book that has had the biggest impact on me the past year is Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I loved this book so much I gave it to every friend as a gift. My 18-year-old son Jonah read it and gave it away as birthday gifts to his friends. I read it twice – that was not enough. Then I listened to it twice on Audible. But even after going over the material four times I did not feel I had internalized it enough. To really understand it, I felt I needed to write about it… so I did.”
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VK says it’s ok to send a friend a link to the article so ask if you would like to receive it. -leif “at” patternresearch “dot” com
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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Oath Keepers ••• is providing protectors at political events: “What happened to the land of the free? What gives anyone the right to dictate that certain political views are unacceptable and therefore a cause for unprovoked violence? No one has that right, especially in this country. Then why is this tolerated by anyone?” vGuardian
 
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Freeorder through freeorder ••• (glyph 614)
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Freeorder names the next stage of social evolution, extending classical and modern liberalism, socialism, and capitalism, incorporating good elements from each. It takes property and negative rights from classical liberalism; compassion from liberalism and from the best of socialism; understanding of market process and the power of voluntary networks from capitalism. Freeorder leaves behind accumulated tyrannical aspects of earlier social ideals, slowly established as a result of foolish attempts to manifest good intentions through means reliant on coercion of the unwilling.
Think of Freeorder as a state of affairs suited to fearless and complete expression of strengths typical of explorers, such as curiosity, wonder, and capacity for strong questioning and venture.
Think of freeorder (balances among designed and spontaneous orders that support exploration) as a turbulent flow of states emergent from discovery processes through which Freeorder evolves.
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Similarly, this applies to exploration within each of us and among all of us.
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There is a lot to question and find fault with in the above. I hope it will start worthwhile discussions.
 
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“First meat grown in space lab 248 miles from Earth: Israeli company successfully cultures bovine cells on International Space Station” ••• ~thanks to Human Progress •••
 
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Mathematics, prime numbers, intriguing abstract of a new paper
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“The concept of waves is very fundamental to classical and modern physics alike, being essential in describing light, sound, and elementary particles, among many other phenomena. In this paper, we show that the wave/particle duality is a phenomenon manifested not only in the physical world and the mathematics that describes it, but also in the simple numbers that form the basic matrix upon which most of our sciences rest. We will also show how this wave-based approach to numbers could be essential to our understanding of the mathematical and physical constants that govern the physical laws as well as the natural elements emerging from them.” — “The Wave Theory of Numbers” ••• by venture investor and manager Robert E. Grant and physicist and number theorist Talal Ghannam PhD. ~thanks to Yasuhiko Genku Kimura ••• (about)
 
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“Compulsory Schooling Laws: What if We Didn't Have Them? Eliminating compulsory schooling laws would break the century-and-a-half stranglehold of schooling on education.” ••• ~thanks to Philip T Trice
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“Teachers Who Quit To Create Schooling Alternatives” ••• by Kerry McDonald ••• (at Forbes)
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• a school designed by Michael Strong •••
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The power of unfettered peoples to learn will astonish the world. Let’s make it happen. -ls
 
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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge ••• by David McCullough — “The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough •••” — Quotation at opening of book: “It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge.” —Montgomery Schuyler in Harper’s Weekly, May 24, 1883 ~thanks to the Marcy Ayanian
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“Emily Roebling Saves the Brooklyn Bridge” ••• (1-minute) – American history author David McCullough shines a light on Emily Roebling, the true driving force behind the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
 
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“The Political Thought of Étienne de la Boétie” ••• (free download of the entire book, written in 1552-1553), with an introduction by Murray N. Rothbard. ~thanks to the Ludwig von Mises Institute
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“… I think I do not err in stating that there is in our souls some native seed of reason, which, if nourished by good counsel and training, flowers into virtue, but which, on the other hand, if unable to resist the vices surrounding it, is stifled and blighted. Yet surely if there is anything in this world clear and obvious, to which one cannot close one’s eyes, it is the fact that nature, handmaiden of God, governess of men, has cast us all in the same mold in order that we may behold in one another companions, or rather brothers. If in distributing her gifts nature has favored some more than others with respect to body or spirit, she has nevertheless not planned to place us within this world as if it were a field of battle, and has not endowed the stronger or the cleverer in order that they may act like armed brigands in a forest and attack the weaker. One should rather conclude that in distributing larger shares to some and smaller shares to others, nature has intended to give occasion for brotherly love to become manifest, some of us having the strength to give help to others who are in need of it.” —Étienne de la Boétie
 
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A talk by Richard M. Ebeling, “My Life as an Austrian Economist and a Classical Liberal” ••• given at an event of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) •••
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Raptis Rare Books ••• Palm Beach, Florida, has published an article ••• about Human Action ••• (free download: pdf, epub, html, also audio) by Ludwig von Mises ••• (Liberty Fund).
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Human Action provides a principle foundation for the work of Pattern Research ••• and Explorers Foundation ••• vMises
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“Mises the Movie” ••• currently being produced by a Polish crew in Poland.
 
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Top British troupe to make China debut of Shakespeare classics ••• ~thanks to Alan Macfarlane
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“NANCHANG, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambridge Shakespeare Festival artistic director David Crilly will lead his troupe to stage classic Shakespeare dramas in the hometown of Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu in east China's Jiangxi Province during a Sino-British culture exchange week in October. The premiers of the dramas including "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet" will be a highlight at the Tang Xianzu International Theater Exchange Month held in the city of Fuzhou from Oct. 19 to the end of November. … During the upcoming exchange month, two lectures will be given by Alan Macfarlane, professor of social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and Lucy Hamilton, editor-in-chief of literature at Cam Rivers Publishing •••.” —Nanchang, Sept. 17 (Xinhua)
 
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“The Coming Revolution in American Manufacturing” ••• by Mark P. Mills ••• December 2016, Manhattan Institute ••• ~thanks to Dave Duval
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Key Finding #2 from Mill’s report: “A dizzying series of technologies are emerging in three domains: wholly new classes of materials, radically innovative machines, and unprecedented information analytics governing manufacturing methods. In all these areas, we are already witnessing the emergence of new businesses entailing billions of dollars of revenues along with the inevitable rise of massive industries to fabricate the new classes of materials and products and to provide the interrelated services.”
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At Explorers Foundation, we watch an instance of such emergence, based on a new material (a novel state of matter) and a manufacturing technology to use it.
 
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September 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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“The Making of a Capitalistic Pig” ••• by Vitaliy Katsenelson, Contrarian Edge ••• (the intellectual investor)
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“I spent my youth in Murmansk, a city in the northwest part of Russia…”
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“The new Benjamin Graham is Vitaliy Katsenelson.” —Forbes
 
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New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) •••
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States that it will “Protect Americans from the Administrative State”
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“NCLA views the administrative state as an especially serious threat to constitutional freedoms. No other development in contemporary American law denies more rights to more Americans. Although Americans still enjoy the shell of their Republic, there has developed within it a very different sort of government—a type, in fact, that the Constitution was designed to prevent. This unconstitutional administrative state within the Constitution’s United States is the focus of NCLA’s concern. NCLA urges Americans to recognize the administrative threat and join our civil liberties movement against it.”
 
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To my delighted horror I feel that I must tell you that the Babylon Bee ••• is beginning to be regarded as a credible source of important news.
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“Disaster At Union Seminary As Giant, Angry Carnivorous Plant Does Not Accept Students' Apologies” •••
 
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San Bernardino of Siena and Sant'Antonino of Florence: The Two Great Economic Thinkers of the Middle Ages, Raymond De Roover — Mises.org offers a pdf ••• (free). In the first part of the fifteenth century these two thinkers made advances in economics that contributed to the understanding of freeorder.
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Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics ••• by Alejandro A. Chafuen. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2003, reviewed by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
 
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TrickleUp ••• “Economic Self-Sufficiency and Confidence for the Poorest” ••• (an approach worth knowing and emulating - probably an essential component of new freeorder zones being built and planned throughout the world.
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The people of TrickleUp have become inspirations for Explorers Foundation. We found them through one of their principal donors, introduced to us by John Scott (freeorder network).
 
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Alan Macfarlane’s ••• work is having an increasing impact in China - in translations of ten of his best books as a 'Classic Master's Set' by the top Chinese publisher, as an animation series for children, and now as an audiobook. — The fabric of peace, deeply woven, does not tear easily. We tend our looms. -ls
 
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The differences between cultures are more important than most of us know. In his latest book, Alan Macfarlane •••, an anthropologist, writes from extensive personal background in four cultures: China, Japan, Europe and the Anglo-sphere: A comparative analysis ••• Cam Rivers Publishing, 2018. The author draws on fifty years of travel through these civilizations and teaching about them at the University of Cambridge. ~Alan Macfarlane’s writing is an important resource for Explorers Foundation’s work on freeorder. -ls
 
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“Hong Kong students are right when they refuse to conflate ‘China,’ a great civilization, with the Communist Party, a brutal organization. They are right that the Communist Party threatens every political and civil value they cherish: free expression, free movement, free association, free voting, freedom of religion. The Party’s priority is total control. Its central demand is total loyalty.” —Quillette ••• article ••• by Peter Baehr, “A Letter from Hong Kong”
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Mila 18, 1943 •••. Mila 18 ••• Leon Uris, 1961.
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One cause: freedom. One enemy: tyranny
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Gandhi - a libertarian? “How liberals lost Gandhi?” by Barun Mitra, August 9, 2019.
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“How to Start a Revolution” ••• (free video from Einstein Institute) — “This excellent film confirms Gene Sharp as the ‘Einstein of nonviolent resistance,’ the singular pioneer in a relatively new field of inquiry and practice. ‘How to Start a Revolution’ should be required viewing not only in courses on nonviolence and peace studies, but really in any course that examines political change and prescribes remedies for social justice.” –Michael Nojeim, Associate Professor of Political Science, Prairie View A&M University, Author of Gandhi and King: The Power of Nonviolent Resistance
 
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“The Meaning of Good - a Dialogue” ••• by G. Lowes Dickenson, Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, published by McClure, Phillips & Co., New York, 1907 ~thanks to Alan Macfarlane •••
 
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth ••• by Bradley J. Birzer
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‘Since the appearance of The Lord of the Rings in 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien’s works have always sold briskly, appealing to a wide and diverse audience of intellectuals, religious believers, fantasy enthusiasts, and science fiction aficionados. Now, Peter Jackson’s film version of Tolkien’s trilogy—with its accompanying Rings-related paraphernalia and publicity—is playing a unique role in the dissemination of Tolkien’s imaginative creation to the masses. Yet, for most readers and viewers, the underlying meaning of Middle-earth has remained obscure.
‘Bradley Birzer has remedied that with this fresh study. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, Birzer explains the surprisingly specific religious symbolism that permeates Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He also explores the social and political views that motivated the Oxford don, ultimately situating Tolkien within the Christian humanist tradition represented by Thomas More and T. S. Eliot, Dante and C. S. Lewis. Birzer argues that through the genre of myth Tolkien created a world that is essentially truer than the one we think we see around us every day, a world that transcends the colorless disenchantment of our postmodern age.
‘“A small knowledge of history,” Tolkien once wrote, “depresses one with the sense of the everlasting weight of human iniquity.” As Birzer demonstrates, Tolkien’s recognition of evil became mythologically manifest in the guise of Ringwraiths, Orcs, Sauron, and other dark beings. But Tolkien was ultimately optimistic: even weak, bumbling hobbits and humans, as long as they cling to the Good, can finally prevail. Bradley Birzer has performed a great service in elucidating Tolkien’s powerful moral vision.’
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“Inklings of Another World: The significance of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings••• by Mary McDermot Shideler
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Final paragraph: ‘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.”’
 
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Singapore’s Brexit: Daniel Hannan’s ••• talk ••• at Tanglin Trust School ••• Singapore, 2 Sep 2019. ‘Singapore went through its "Brexit" in 1965 - an acrimonious split with a neighbouring federation. Everyone expected the new state to fail. Instead, it became the greatest success story of the past half century.’
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Inventing Freedom ••• (WSJ review by Barton Swaim) by Daniel Hannan ••• — a book about the fundamentals of civilization, if that word is defined as a social order in which every person, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, has the highest potential to manifest the virtues of active mind and spirit. All countries have fallen far short of the ideal, but the ideal remains as inspiration to new invention and venture.
 
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A review ••• of David Epstein’s Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by Lawrence B. Siegel x.com. Of special interest to Explorers Foundation is Siegel’s mention of Gary Hoover’s work. Our latest investment was in Hoover’s American Business History Center •••.
 
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Matthew B. Crawford’s thinking is contributing to freeorder: ••• philosopher and mechanic. ~thanks to Jim Bennett
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“Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy” ••• by Matthew B. Crawford
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The addictive and perversely useful illusion that representation can replace reality should be challenged.
 
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“Indonesia’s nickel ban shows resource nationalism on the march” ••• Mining[dot]Com, 2 Sep 2019
 
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“F.A.Hayek, Free-Market Think Tanks, And Intellectual Entrepreneurs” ••• by Alejandro Chafuen •••
 
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Lion Rock Institute ••• Hong Kong
 
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August 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
Kwan's Story—from Hong Kong 2020s to New Victoria 2036
a major city to arise on the coast of northwest Australia
Kwan, once active for Hong Kong freedom, is now, in the year 2036, living in New Victoria, a major city on the northwest coast of Australia, part of a CANZUK Union that began after Brexit. Kwan's story is the final part of James C. Bennett's new book, A Time for Audacity: How Brexit Has Created the CANZUK Option. James C. Bennett is the author of The Anglosphere Challenge, 2004, which introduced the idea of network commonwealths.
 
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A message ••• from Peter Wong, the new chairman of the Lion Rock Institute •••
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“… do not ask a tiger for its own skin …”
 
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J.J. Hill, “Empire Builder without Peer” ••• — a story by Gary Hoover of the American Business History Center ••• vWatt
 
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“Conrad Black: The Europeans now know they need to take Boris Johnson seriously” ••• published in Canada’s National Post, August 30, 2019
 
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“Why Hasn't Brexit Happened?” ••• by Christopher Caldwell, published in the Claremont Review of Books ••• August 15, 2019
 
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Liberty International World Conference Mongolia 2019 – Report ••• — Tom Palmer in attendance ••• — the world may owe Tom much gratitude someday -ls
 
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Oath Keepers ••• will defend people at the US-Mexico border against assault — call to action ••• El Paso vGuardian
 
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Notes from Windward ••• “Windward is a cooperative community of over thirty years in the making dedicated to preserving and developing village scale technologies needed to support a thriving sustainable community on marginal land. We provide opportunities for deep learning through hands on, practical experience with the tools needed to build a life in balance with the natural world. We come together with the belief that now is the time for radical change, and that nothing is more convincing than a working model of a better way. With nature as our guide, we use our love, sweat and blood to build a life worth inheriting.”
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Windward has received a Cobden-Bright Award from Explorers Foundation.
 
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Grigory Sokolov’s “Tempest” ••• (Beethoven Op. 31/3): Dark and lightness; weight and light
 
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A fragment of Longfellow
Ah! vainest of all things
Is the gratitude of kings;
    The plaudits of the crowd
Are but the clatter of feet
At midnight in the street,
    Hollow and restless and loud.
“Belisarius” ••• Longfellow •••
 
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Note on the word freeorder
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If a word is to be found to name the successor to socialism it must not be only simple in essence but also profound in implication; it must lead to depths of new thought. See chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis” of Law, Legislation, and Liberty: A Restatement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy ••• by F. A. Hayek ••• (Cafe Hayek
 
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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
Byrne-Euclid-Book_I
 
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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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“Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy” ••• by Matthew B. Crawford
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The addictive and perversely useful illusion that representation can replace reality should be challenged.
 
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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.”