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One Ring to Rule All? Caution Advised

One Ring to Rule All? Caution Advised | freeorder | Scoop.it

"One cool thing about Hayek is that he described so well why trying to control all aspects of complex systems is not necessarily a good thing. Some call it "Smart Person Syndrome," (or One Ring To Rule Them All) where smart people (and I am not being sarcastic) see the problem clearly, and believe it will be most beneficial if the obvious (to them) solution is implemented everywhere for everyone at all times - from the top down." -Pat Wagner

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Written by Pat Wagner to celebrate the birthday of F. A. Hayek, but good reading for any day.

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Khabele + Strong Incubator, Austin, Texas

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A school for explorers. Michael Strong's work in education is worth knowing about, especially his development of Socratic practice in the classroom.

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A school for explorers. Michael Strong's work in education is worth knowing about, especially his development of Socratic practice in the classroom.

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Arc of the Moral Universe or Wormhole?

Arc of the Moral Universe or Wormhole? | freeorder | Scoop.it

For years I believed my fate was tethered to Theodore Parker’s arc of the Moral universe bending toward justice. However, objective, empirical evidence indicates that I am condemned to wander in a wormhole …"

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Fuel for those determined never to give up on humanity. Article by B. F. Johnson, creator of http://coldwarwarrior.com

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Making spider silk without the spiders: Interview with Jamie Bainbridge, Vice President of Product Development at Bolt Threads

Making spider silk without the spiders: Interview with Jamie Bainbridge, Vice President of Product Development at Bolt Threads | freeorder | Scoop.it
This edition of Talking Heads features an interview with Jamie Bainbridge, Vice President of Product Development at Bolt Threads.
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This appears to be extremely important, and fascinating too. It could be seen as another thread in the fabric of America 3.0, as described by Bennett & Lotus in their book by that name.

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Artsy - Discover, Research, and Collect the World's Best Art Online

Artsy - Discover, Research, and Collect the World's Best Art Online | freeorder | Scoop.it
Artsy is the online resource for art collecting and education. Discover, learn about, and buy art you'll love, featuring fine art, design, and photography from leading galleries, museums, art fairs, and auctions
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Good resource. See their Ansel Adams collection.

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Building a Bee Sanctuary - Windward Notes 2015

Building a Bee Sanctuary - Windward Notes 2015 | freeorder | Scoop.it

The Notes from Windward are our record of our communities life and work, shared for people to enjoy, learn from, and participate in what we are doing.

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The analog outruns and outsmarts the digital.

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Made in Brooklyn, Again by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Spring 2015

Made in Brooklyn, Again by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Spring 2015 | freeorder | Scoop.it
The borough's historic Navy Yard is bringing industrial jobs back to the city.
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Lots of little waves of the future to be discerned here.

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Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons — Basic income — Medium

Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons - Basic income - Medium
The Revolution will not be Centralized
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ht Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

https://www.facebook.com/yasuhiko.g.kimura

 

A freeordered culture would contain a balance of designed centralization and spontaneous order that best served patterns of individual exploration. Some of the best collaborations arise from negotiation among designed orders called firms. Finding ever better balances is at the heart of the needed revolution. Both design and spontaneous order are important. The pendulum of fashion that swings wildly from one to the other is destructive: each excess in one direction inspires a violent and rapid move in the other direction. That way, we get the worst of each.

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iNation Joins Forces with the IBREA to Put Deeds on the Blockchain

iNation Joins Forces with the IBREA to Put Deeds on the Blockchain | freeorder | Scoop.it
iNation and the International Bitcoin Real Estate Association (IBREA) are joining forces to allow real estate deeds to be copied to the blockchain in full for backup and storage.
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ht Aba-dharr Sharif

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The Institute for Justice

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Little American Dream Factory
The story of Zina Murray, her innovative business, and how Chicago killed it along with the dreams of fifteen other entrepreneurs. Local and state governments should not impose barriers on new jo
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The preservation of civilization depends on defending individuals and their organizations from unreasonable and destructive imposition of commands backed by the threat of physical violence.

 

Here's a case where a venture of wonderful inventiveness and benevolence was closed down by commands from the government of Chicago.

 

The Institute for Justice defends the victims of such barbaric stupidity, avariciousness, personal aggrandizement or malice.

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How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State

How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State | freeorder | Scoop.it
The 21-year-old North Korea defector Yeonmi Park watched her father die, her friend’s mother executed, and much more horror. In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life in North Korea to the Holocaust.
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Standard Oil: How It Succeeded and Became Very Large

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John D. Rockefeller's explanation is wonderfully simple and direct.

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Driving with Selvi

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"A documentary about a former child bride who becomes South India’s first female taxi driver."

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An indigogo campaign. Sought $30k; got there; going for $50k.

 

All over the world young explorers are finding and inventing paths to liberty, to fuller use of their powers of imagination, thought, and action. Explorers Foundation is committed to helping.

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The Greatest Discovery of Mankind - Hayek's Insight

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"Perhaps the greatest discovery mankind ever made." That statement invites thought.

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Magatte Wade: the Senegalese entrepreneur | TRUE Africa

Magatte Wade: the Senegalese entrepreneur | TRUE Africa | freeorder | Scoop.it
TRUE Africa 100 Magatte Wade is a successful entrepreneur. She set up Adina World Beverages in the US and now has a new skincare range Tiossan.
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Someone worth knowing and watching.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-16203093

http://www.thenextwomen.com/2013/01/15/we-meet-magatte-wade-one-forbes-20-youngest-power-women-africa

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Liberty Island - - To Boldly Go

"At Liberty Island, good still triumphs over evil, hope still overcomes despair, and America is still a noble experiment and a beacon to the rest of the world."

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The great river of social change begins in tiny streams high in mountains like these.

 

Nov 14, 2015: There is some prospect of seeing book by James C. Bennett appear on Liberty Island soon.

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A Great Gallery & Publisher

A Great Gallery & Publisher | freeorder | Scoop.it
The Natural History Art Gallery, Specializing in J. J. Audubon Prints, Art Conservation and Archival Framing Services.
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Chicago, Wrigley Building. One of my first stops every time I visit Chicago.

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Open design communities, entrepreneurial coalitions, and the partner state | P2P Foundation

Open design communities, entrepreneurial coalitions, and the partner state | P2P Foundation | freeorder | Scoop.it
To understand the reality or illusion behind projects claiming to practice co-creation or co-design, one must look at the polarities of power and control that determine the context in which the co-creative processes take place, with on the one hand the communities of external collaborators, and on the other side, the corporate entities. But before …
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Lots to think about here. Many interesting questions about how to find the best balance between and among designed and spontaneous orders, at many levels. This is the problem of the pursuit of freeorder.

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Hernando de Soto, ILD and Blockchain-Bitcoin

Hernando de Soto, ILD and Blockchain-Bitcoin | freeorder | Scoop.it
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The Blockchain, Bitcoin and Property Rights Project aims to demonstrate how the five of the seven billion people in the world who cannot productively combine their assets can fully benefit from blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin digital currency. We are actively engaged on two fronts: firstly,  the main entrepreneurs and innovators of blockchain who have declared that their work is nothing less than the digitalization of the Mystery of Capital. Secondly, Peru’s informal mining community, whom we have been addressing in public events that have gathered upwards to 15 thousands miners per event. -quoted from the ILD page

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W.W.Bartley. Articles by Rafe Champion

W.W.Bartley. Articles by Rafe Champion | freeorder | Scoop.it
articles and reviews on W.W.Bartley written by Rafe Champion
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Sample: "Cracking the Dogmatic Framework of Thought"
 

"This paper explores the capacity of Bartley's work on rationality to assist in the task of draining the swamp of unreason, to crack the dogmatic framework of western thought and promote imaginative criticism"

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Using Nondominion to Evolve from Local to Global Commons - P2P Foundation

""This paper explores a possible new local-to-global system for the equitable governance of the “common pool resources.” As normally understood, the “Commons” refers to resources that are owned or shared among communities."

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Mark Frazier referred me to this paper after I posted the preceding item about blockchain and land registry.

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Emporiophobia (Fear of Markets): Cooperation or Competition? by Paul H. Rubin :: SSRN

Emporiophobia (Fear of Markets): Cooperation or Competition? by Paul H. Rubin :: SSRN | freeorder | Scoop.it
There is widespread emporiophobia (fear of markets) and this has important policy implications as it leads voters to demand anti-market policies. There are many reasons for this anti-market attitude. However, economists could reduce emporiophobia if we stressed cooperation rather than competition in our writings and policy discussions. In a sample of introductory textbooks, competition is mentioned on average 8 times as often as cooperation. The fundamental economic unit is the transaction and transactions are cooperative. The benefit of a market economy, increased consumer surplus, comes from cooperation through transactions, not from competition. Competition in a market economy is competition for the right to cooperate. Competition is important because it guarantees that the best cooperators will win and because it establishes the efficient terms for cooperation, but cooperation is fundamental. For most people, competition has negative connotations as it focuses on losers, while cooperation implies a win-win situation. As an example, if we say “Wal-Mart outcompeted its rivals” we think of losing firms being bankrupted. If we say “Wal-Mart did a better job of cooperating with its customers” we think of the benefits created by Wal-Mart. Economists in our policy and textbook writing should strive to use the second sort of locution, not the first.
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Cooperation is fundamental. See "Mutual Aid," by Peter Kropotkin:

 

http://www.complementarycurrency.org/ccLibrary/Mutual_Aid-A_Factor_of_Evolution-Peter_Kropotkin.pdf

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The Power of a Free Press – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Inscribed on the wall of the Tribune building, Chicago.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Brinsley_Sheridan

 

If read slowly, best aloud, a few times, this grand challenge to power will begin to sing.

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The Rise of the Anglosphere, New Statesman, U.K., February 10, 2015

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"The Anglosphere is far from being just a quirky, nostalgic idea. It is at the heart of a re-emerging political world-view. Understanding its power, reach and history is imperative for a centre left that needs a more clearly defined strategic ambition and sense of political direction if it is to do more than survive buffeting by the storms."

 

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/rise-anglosphere-how-right-dreamed-new-conservative-world-order

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"The Anglosphere Challenge," 2004, by James C. Bennett