Socionomics is an interdisciplinary study of the moral, legal,
and economic aspects of our social environment. Blending insights from
the moral philosophy of natural law and natural rights with the
implications of evolutionary psychology gives a fresh perspective on the
individualist-collectivist debate. Using chaos and complexity theory
combined with Austrian and Bionomic analysis gives another fresh
perspective on the order and operation of the economic system. The
latter creates what might be called REAL ECONOMICS emphasizing the self
organizing principles that relate to the transformation of resources
into products and highlighting the importance of individuals,
entrepreneurship and information creation/exchange. Altogether what
emerges is a combination of ideas with a synergy that provides a unique
framework for understanding social problems and political conflicts.
Socionomic principles can be applied to jurisprudence. Socionomics has
the same relationship to jurisprudence as physics has to bridge
building. Applied socionomics makes use of history and current events
to study the relationship between socionomic ideas, jurisprudence, and
the individual in a social context. Each individual's spiritual
development and intrinsic harmony is both a cause and an effect of the
degree of interpersonal development and harmonious social organization.
The Baker's Dozen
Thirteen Principles of Socionomics
Order is spontaneous
Individuals think and act but groups do not
Value is subjective
Entrepreneurs are the key to economic progress
Information is the life-blood of economic systems
Trial and error works better than long-range planning
Natural law is to be observed, not obeyed
Natural rights predate the constitution
Human nature is universal
The law must be just, otherwise it's just the law
Society is an emergent system at the edge of chaos
God is a strange attractor.
Socionomics Recommended Reading List
- Society As A Dynamic Evolving System
Making a New Science by James Gleick (Penquin Books, 1987) by James
Gleick (Penguin Books, 1987).
The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by M. Mitchell
Waldrop (A Touchstone Book published by Simon & Schuster, 1992).
HOME IN THE UNIVERSE: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization
and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman (Oxford University Press, 1995).
RULES FOR A COMPLEX WORLD by Richard A. Epstein (Harvard University
- CHAOS, MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS: The Implications of Non-Linear Thinking
by David Parker and Ralph Stacey (Institute of Economic Affairs, 1994).
- AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS: A Reader by Richard M. Ebeling, Editor (Hillsdale
- BIONOMICS: Economy as Ecosystem by Michael Rothschild (A John Macrae
Book, Henry Holt and Company, 1990)
- TOWARDS A FREE SOCIETY: An Introduction to Markets and the Political
System by Gary Wolfram (McGraw-Hill Inc. College Custom Series, 1993).
FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES The Growing Conflict Over Creativity,
Enterprise, and Progress by Virginia Postrel, A Touchstone book by Simon
& Schuster, New York, NY, 1998
- Natural Law, Moral Rights, and Social Harmony
- MORAL RIGHTS AND POLITICAL FREEDOM by Tara Smith (Rowman &
Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1995)
- THE ETHICS OF LIBERTY by Murray Rothbard or
in audio tape from Laissez-Faire Books, 1982.
- THE LAW by Frederic Bastiat (The Foundation for Economic
Education, Inc. 1950, 19th printing, 1995).
- THE ART OF COMMUNITY by Spencer Heath MacCallum (Institute for
Humane Studies, Inc. Menlo Park, California, 1970)
- THE ABOLITION OF MAN:Reflections on Education with Special
Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools by
C.S. Lewis (A Touchstone Book published by Simon & Schuster, 1944,
- Evolutionary Psychology, Morality, and Society
MORAL ANIMAL: Why We Are The Way We Are: The New Science of
Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright (Vintage Books, a Division of
Random House, Inc., 1994)
MORAL SENSE: by James Q. Wilson (The Free Press, 1993).
ORIGINS OF VIRTUE: Human Instincts And The Evolution Of Cooperation
by Matt Ridley (Viking, 1996)
The Social Virtues & The Creation of Prosperity by Francis Fukuyama (The
Free Press, 1995)
FATAL CONCEIT: The Errors Of Socialism by F.A. Hayek (The
University of Chicago Press, 1988)
- Additional Reading
CONSCIOUSNESS: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Richard
Maurice Bucke, (The Citadel Press,University Books, Inc, 1961)
CONSCIOUS UNIVERSE: Part and Whole in Modern Physical Theory by
Menas Kafatos and Robert Nadeau(Springer-Verlag, 1990)
CONTAGION: How Belief Spreads Through Society(The New Science of
Memes) by Aaron Lynch (Basic Books, A Division of Harper Collins
GURU PAPERS: Masks of Authoritarian Power by Joel Kramer & Diana
Alstad (Frog,Ltd.,North Atlantic Books, 1993)
ANTI-CAPITALISTIC MENTALITY by Ludwig von Mises (Libertarian
DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM: Man's Struggle Against Authority by Rose
Wilder Lane (Fox & Wilkes, 1970,1993)
GOOD AND EVIL: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization by
Charles Adams (Madison Books, 1993)
SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and
Culture by Francis A. Schaeffer (Crossway Books, A Division of Good
News Publishers, 1976,1990)
SLAVES, ENSLAVING FREE MEN: A History of the American Civil War by
Jeffrey Rodgers Hummel (Open Court, 1996)
TIMES: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties by Paul Johnson
(Harper Perennial, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, 1991,1992)
THEME IS FREEDOM: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition by
M. Stanton Evans (Regnery Publishing,Inc., 1994)
IN ONE LESSON: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic
Economics by Henry Hazlitt (Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1946 by Harper &
ON TRIAL: Lies, Myths, and Realities by Mark Skousen (Irwin, 1991)
- HOW THE WEST GREW RICH: The Economic
Transformation of the Industrial World by Nathan Rosenberg & L.E.
Birdzell,Jr. (Basic Books, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers,
VISION OF THE ANNOINTED: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social
Policy by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, A Division of HarperCollins
RIGHTS: The Destruction of American Liberty by James Bovard (St.
Martin's Griffin, 1994)
AND DECISIONS by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, A Division of
HarperCollins Publishers, 1980,1996)
WHO NEEDS IT by Ayn Rand ( Signet, Penquin Group, 1984)
SPIRITUALITY OF IMPERFECTION: Storytelling and the Journey to
Wholeness by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham(Bantam Books, 1992)
ESSAY ON THE HISTORY OF CIVIL SOCIETY by Adam Ferguson (Transaction
AS A CALLING: Work and the Examined Life by Michael Novak (The Free
Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster Inc., 1996)
- THE GOD OF THE MACHINE by Isabel Paterson
(Transaction Publishers, 1943, 1993).
OUR WORLD: The Other Piece of the Puzzle by Mary J. Ruwart (SunStar
ROAD TO SERFDOM by F.A. Hayek (The University of Chicago Press,
SMITH IN HIS TIME AND OURS: Designing The Decent Society by Jerry Z.
Muller (Princeton University Press, 1993)
NATURED: The Origins Of Right And Wrong In Humans And Other Animals
by Frans de Waal (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts;
London, England, 1996)
KILLED HOMER?: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of
Greek Wisdom by Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath, (The Free Press, New
OF POLITICS, edited by Mark Spangler, (The Foundation for Economic
Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, 1994)
THE THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS by Adam Smith, (Liberty Fund,
CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND: How Higher Education Has Failed
Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students by Allan Bloom
(Simon and Schuster, New York, 1987).
POLITICS:Power and Sex Among Apes by Frans de Waal (The Johns
Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1982, 1989).
OURSELVES TO DEATH: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by
Neil Postman ( Penquin Books, 1985,1986).
AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: An Inquiry Into Values by
Robert M. Pirsig (Bantam Books, New York, London, 1974)
- FREEDOM IN CHAINS:
The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen
by James Bovard (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1999).
MARKET FOR LIBERTY by Linda & Morris Tannehill (Fox & Wilkes, San
DO ECONOMISTS CONTRIBUTE? Edited by Daniel B. Klein (New York
University Press, Washington Square, New York, N.Y., 1999