The 1921 Club is for anyone who believes that the parent of the 21st Century must be the 19th Century, not the 20th Century, and who regard the last century as an encounter with severe illness, during which horrifying things arose and taught us much.
If you think that the 19th century should be a driving inspiration for the builders of the 21st century then the 1921 Club would like you to join.
Inspirations: Andrew Carnegie, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Peter Kropotkin, Karl Popper, Ayn Rand, Emma Goldman, Henry Bessemer, James Watt, Richard Cobden, John Bright, John Morley, Richard Cantillon, James C. Bennett, Michael J. Lotus, Mark Frazier, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, Leonard E. Read, Jeffrey A. Tucker, Michael Polanyi, Alan Macfarlane, Claudio Véliz, Gary Hoover, Ricardo Valenzuela, Pat Wagner, Murray N. Rothbard, James J. Hill. When you sign up, Ludwig from the beet field may smile upon you from afar.
Michael J. Lotus proposes these inspirations: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, James Fitzjames Stephen, Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Action, Frederick Maitland, Jamsetji Tata (“He had four goals in life: setting up an iron and steel company, a world-class learning institution, a unique hotel and a hydro-electric plant.”), Joseph Conrad, Richard Francis Burton, Charles "Chinese" Gordon, Garnet Wolseley, James Brooke the White Rajah of Sarawak ... One could go on and on ...
Joining the 1921 Club is a simple matter — decide you're a member. Now you are.
Various people maintain lists of 1921 Club membership. Seek them out. Add your name to lists you find congenial. Each list keeper will probably describe the Club differently, but will not lose a grip on the fundamental idea.
One list of members is kept by Pattern Research, Inc. Our list is private until you are on it yourself. If you think you should be on that list, but don't know if you are, please contact me.
Somewhere there may be a list of list-keepers. If so, we have not found it yet. If you find one, please let me know.
No matter if you are on a membership list or not — begin seeking out members of the Club and invite participation. Start your own list. Please put me on it.
Leif Smith, Pattern Research, Inc., member of the 1921 Club since 2001.