The following is a glossary of what I personally mean when I say these words. This is not an attempt to impose my definitions as the correct ones or an invitation to debate the definitions, it is only meant to apply to anything I say or write. As language is meant to be a shortcut to communication I try not to spend too much time discussing definitions.
Anonymous: A stigmergic method of collaboration and the people who use it.
Anti-social: Instrumental to dissociation or the destruction of society and social relationships.
Approval economy: Economy based on societal approval and acceptance instead of trade to the powerful.
Auto-coercion: Transparent, consensual coercion a society applies onto itself.
Autonomy: The right to governance by user group including governance of self for those things which impact only self.
Autonomy, Diversity, Society: Qualities that need to be in balance for people and societies to reach their full potential.
Binding Chaos: 1. The natural method of using extrapolation, experience and experimentation to bind chaotic input into meaningful packets of information as our brains are designed to do. 2. The use of extreme coercive force to prevent chaotic systems from living, evolving or creating change.
Butterfly: An idea which can cause a hurricane of change. Reference to the butterfly effect.
Caregiver: A person whose work involves the care of other people, animals, communities or ecosystems.
Centripetal force: Acts on dissimilar populations in egalitarian structures to create ponzi schemes of celebrity, wealth and power. Slight advantages become huge by the requirement that everyone support those with resources or power in order to benefit.
Centrifugal force: Force created in opposition to ponzi schemes by those locked out of the current structure. Serves to either strengthen the existing ponzi scheme by increasing the defending force or collapse it and erect another.
Censorship by noise: Using celebrity or official status to amplify certain voices or opinions to the disadvantage of others who may have better or opposing information.
Charity: A dissociated population will need charity to care for those whose needs are not inherent in the structure. Mary Wollstonecraft stated “Where there is justice there is no need for charity.” Due to the difficulty of defining justice I would rather say “Where there is society there is no need for charity.” and use that law as a measure of whether a society has failed.
Commoner: A stable majority created to uphold the status quo, or overthrow it during times of revolution. Societal structures are designed for the comfort and coercion of commoners. Mass acceptance of this role creates a solid block of uniform opinions which can be used to create and uphold oligarchy and ostracize witches and wretches.
Community: A group usually affiliated on the basis of region or task which may or may not share any of the dependencies of a society.
Concentric circle: Peer promoted voices or ideas in a transparent, permeable structure where those at the centre receive the most amplification and ideas are audited and taught to the outer circles by knowledge bridges.
Currency: Abstract dissociated approval which allows access to all benefits of society without contribution, membership or acceptance of the society’s values or norms.
Death Eaters: Members of a society where the norms or culture are driven by sadism. The agony of others is not a side effect of their actions but a goal. Death eaters are distinct from those with an individual personality disorder in that their society’s norms, structure and actions are all constructed to feed their sadism.
Demagogue: A Great Man who uses simpler and more emotional rhetoric to reach a wider part of the population and motivate them more strongly than a Great Man who simply poses as an expert.
Democracy: Governance by representative or direct voting systems.
Disciplinary spaces: Michel Foucault’s idea of disciplinary spaces included institutions such as hospitals, schools, factories and military barracks. I expand his definition to homes for women who are economically, legally or otherwise tied to them and states or regions where borders lock some populations away from means of survival and create a global surveillance system.
Dissociated societies: Groups of people who nominally belong to the same social group such as a neighbourhood, church or state but all mutual dependencies and social obligations have been removed to outside institutions such as state or corporate providers. The group is living completely dissociated and with no real attachment to each other.
Dissociation: Separation of individuals from the dependency relationships which make up society.
Diversity: There is diversity between every two humans. Societal structure ought to inherently provide equivalence for all.
Epistemic community: A way to provide elite expertise for projects without relinquishing control to an elite oligarchy. People or ideas are peer promoted from within the user group and communities remain transparent and permeable to everyone. Acceptance or rejection of ideas is always up to the user group to avoid an unassailable oligarchy. Typically organized in transparent, permeable concentric circles.
Equality: An observably false idea that all people are equal used to justify imposing an egalitarian structure on diverse populations and preventing equivalence.
Equivalence: The idea that all members of a society are entitled to equivalent benefit from the society and no one should be valued by standards of achievement which others have greater ability to attain. No one should be forced or coerced to strive for goals they do not choose or prevented from striving for those they do. No contribution to society is inherently of greater value than another although the degree of effort may be.
Exceptional lives: Lives which are given far more value by media and society by birthright.
Extranational: Existing outside national or state structures.
Feminism: If capitalized, I am talking about the industry, those who presume to speak for womankind. Feminism strengthens a gendered outlook. Fighting masculinism would remove it.
First age of nations: A great variety of autonomous and complete societies, occasionally networked and sharing or trading with each other, which people lived in for hundreds of thousands of years.
Fourth age of nations: A potential society we could develop, more diverse, flexible and mutually supportive than the first tribal one and more rewarding and globally beneficial than the third parasitical, supranational one. A new framework must meet both our social needs and our need to develop to our full potential, ensure local autonomy but protect global commons, and put social responsibility back in communities but provide a global safety net for those shunned or harmed locally. This age would hopefully finally provide us with a balance between autonomy, diversity and society.
Fraternity: Dissociated patriarchy resulting from politics which espoused Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Fraternity as a goal is not suitable to global collaboration as it implies both equality and unanimity of principles. It has resulted in a fraternity of Great Men aligned by the principle of capitalism holding power. They still claim the right to control the lives of other people and occupy the top strata of society like patriarchy but now they bear no responsibility for governance or any participation in society.
Governance: A force directing actions taken by society.
Great Man: Reference to Thomas Carlyle’s theory that “The history of the world is but the biography of great men”. My definition of Great Men is those with the ability to capture the attention of the masses. The difference between a Great Man and a knowledge bridge is that Great Men do not act as a bridge between the masses and those outside their Overton window, they act as a gate. They use selected information from the shadows to increase their own power and block that which does not benefit them. In an egalitarian system, centripetal force will create oligarchs out of Great Men. Not to be confused with uncapitalized great men who are just men who are great.
Hostile seductive coercion: Seductive coercion by a force outside the society it is affecting with interests in opposition to those of the society.
Idea based collaboration: collaboration that develops or verifies an idea or information.
Idealist: Wants a perfect world. If they can be shown that their position is in opposition to an industry and cannot be ethically justified, they will change their position. Industry cultivates them and educates them into becoming realists. Definition from Stratfor.
Indigenous: Regional communities, of or belonging to a particular place. There is nowhere on earth that does not have indigenous people although there are varying levels of connectedness and history between particular communities, the land they occupy and each other. Not all people today are indigenous, regardless of family history or residence. This word represents a spectrum of group affiliation and is unrelated to the work of community or ecosystem caregivers which it should not be used interchangeably with.
Ingroup: A group of affiliated people who use inclusion and shunning to define their society.
Iron law of oligarchy: Theory of Robert Michels, “Who says organization, says oligarchy”. This theory says that oligarchy is inevitable and it is used as a justification for fascism. I want to disprove this.
Ken doll: Anyone with the ability and expectation, due to demographics and non-elite expertise, to become a Great Man. Usually caucasian well-educated men but women and other ethnicities can be Ken dolls if they have the right background and connections.
Knowledge bridge: People who help disseminate information from an expert to a novice level of understanding and collectively audit what the epistemic community is doing. Besides being essential for education and auditing, this is important to avoid demagogues and Great Men who have the ability and time to develop mass appeal but are not the source of expertise at the level the world needs. Epistemic communities and knowledge bridges allow elite expertise a direct path of communication to the entire user group and provide a path for anyone in the user group to achieve elite expertise if they wish.
Lesser Great Men: Great Men accepted as such only to provide tokenism for a gender or ethnicity.
Libertarian: When I say libertarian (rarely) I am referring to the ideas of John Locke.
Liberty: Liberty is an idea aspired to as an opposite to slavery. There is no true liberty. Coercion, responsibility and dependency all exist and did even in a state of nature. The illusion of liberty for a few is created through dissociation, enabled by the trade economy. Liberty as a goal should be replaced by transparent, freely accepted, societal auto-coercion.
Lifegiver: person whose physiology brings the expectation that they are, will be, or have been capable of giving birth.
Masculinist: following an exclusionary or group narcissistic view which promotes men ahead of others or disregards anyone but men.
Masculinist theory: theory based on research that only includes men or is presented from an exclusively male point of view or which sets the experience of men as the normative standard.
Master morality: Reference to Nietzsche’s idea in On the Genealogy of Morality. Morality adopted by the powerful to pretend their situation is one of superiority or virtue, values pride, strength, power, superiority, etc.
Megaphone: A platform able to reach a large number of people.
Narcissist (individual): grandiosity, exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy with others. The ingroup for these people is only themselves, they are completely dissociated from even their own societies.
Narcissist (group): a narcissist who identifies strongly as a member of an ingroup and their narcissistic tendencies includes their entire ingroup. They may not appear as narcissists except to those outside their ingroup. Includes most reactionaries and exceptional lives.
Nation: Layered and overlapping societies gathered for community, cooperation and sharing, and existing across borders and generations.
Opportunist: Takes the opportunity to side with the powerful for career gain and has skin in the game for visibility, power and followers. Definition from Stratfor.
Outgroup: A population not included or shunned by an ingroup.
Paedosadist: There is no such thing as a sexual orientation called paedophilia. A sexual orientation, or sex, requires consenting partners. It is not sex if some of those involved are called victims, that is rape. Someone attracted to rape has sexual sadism disorder or paraphilic coercive disorder. Someone attracted to the rape of children is a paedosadist. A paedosadist who acts on their impulses is a criminal paedosadist, one who does not is a non-offending paedosadist.
Patriarchy: When I say Patriarchy I am referring to the work of Robert Filmer, specifically Patriarcha.
Pedosadist: US spelling, see paedosadist definition.
Photoshop: Remove aspects of a story which the writer does not deem relevant or agree with and leave only those which support the writer’s bias.
Ponzi scheme: 1. A pyramid scheme algorithm which requires those at the bottom to support those at the top in order to benefit. This type of scheme never benefits more than a few. 2. Societal structure in which everyone tries to acquire celebrity, wealth and power, creating a centripetal force that holds oligarchs in place. Egalitarian systems imposed on unequal populations tend to ponzi.
Radical: Wants to change the system, has underlying socio/political motives and sees multinational corporations as inherently evil. Believes individuals and local groups should have direct power over industry. Industry isolates and discredits them. Definition from Stratfor.
Rainbows and unicorns: Wonderful things used to promote ideologies they have no connection to, ie the conflation of human rights with democracy when there is nothing in the principle of democracy which guarantees human rights.
Reaction: A movement demanding change back to a time when a larger portion of the people at the top of the ponzi scheme of power benefited from it. Reactionaries have no interest in changing underlying principles or helping those at the bottom except with promises of reforms trickling down. Reforms in a ponzi scheme will never trickle down as what feeds the top, bleeds the bottom.
Realist: Able to live with trade-offs, willing to work within the system, not interested in radical change, pragmatic. Industry co-opts them. Definition from Stratfor.
Resistance: Building new systems and networks of resistance and defending them against oppressive coercion. Removing power from those at the top of the ponzi scheme by removal of support and participation. Removing institutional power by creating and defending alternatives. Blocking the trade economy and other forms of anti-social authority.
Revolution: A change of the top of an oligarchical system, usually replacing an old oligarch with a representative of the largest or most powerful other group. The paradigm remains unchanged. Revolutionaries are marked by a tendency to call themselves The People and demand complete adherence to their ideas as Solidarity.
Sandbox villages: Societies (do not have to be geographically defined) where we can try out new ideas for governance and collaboration.
Sealed well: Databases which have access controlled by web pages.
Second age of nations: Hierarchical trade empires which included a powerful extranational merchant class which stood between artisans and the upper stratas who owned property and those buying their products. These merchants had access to foreign knowledge and access to those who controlled power and wealth in more than one empire. The widespread adoption of currency provided them with dissociated membership in multiple societies and access to all the privileges of membership. They also had their own networks within the merchant strata of many nations and even frequently their own international language.
Seductive coercion: Coercion which persuades rather than forces but can be much more powerful than force, particularly if unnoticed or acknowledged. Based on shunning and inclusion.
Self-governance: Governance by user group.
Sex: There are two forms of sex. Social sex is bonding and increases hormones causing love, loyalty and acceptance, anti-social sex increases hormones causing hatred and aggression and is used as a tool of war or division.
Singularity: Common definition is of a technological singularity, a time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence. I refer to social or societal singularities to describe society that is already far too complex and requiring far too much information processing for individual comprehension to be attainable. We now require mass collaboration to understand any aspect of society or to be able to rationally govern ourselves.
Slave morality: Reference to Nietzsche’s idea in On the Genealogy of Morality. Morality adopted by the oppressed to pretend their situation is one of choice, values humility, sympathy, endurance, etc.
Social morality: My preference for the future. Values personal achievement and contribution to society.
Social safety net: A society or individuals who will fulfill the social and survival needs of anyone who has been shunned from their own society. In dissociated societies, social safety nets are institutions of dissociation such as governments and NGOs.
Social singularity: A singularity between all living things, near and distant, collaborative or hostile.
Societal singularity: A singularity achieved between the members of a specific society.
Society: Interdependent relationships of people who have agreed to be bound by a social contract with each other. All people belong to many different societies of every size. The root of society is a mother giving birth to a child, creating the first unequal dependency from which interdependent society was built. Trade relationships have a root of two presumed equal men shaking hands which results in a trade economy, not a society. Professional societies are only societies if they include the nurturing, education and support of those who wish to enter them.
Sociopathic: Destructive to society. The DSM-IV definition says sociopaths have a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture and a marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules. This is a misleading definition. Sociopaths thrive in trade economy culture because the culture itself and its rules are themselves sociopathic or self-destructive. Sociopaths are no longer shunned in a trade economy as they can gain dissociated approval in the form of currency.
Solidarity: The (usually revolutionary) demand that a large group of people (the Commoners) agree with them in all things. This is necessary as the revolution needs a large hammer with which to remove the old oligarchy and replace it with themselves and also because a revolution which calls itself The People loses credibility if people disagree.
State: Highly militarized partitioning of societies into economic markets imposed for segregating, competing, allocating and establishing property ownership.
Stigmergy: Action based method of collaboration which follows an idea. With stigmergy, people do not need to communicate to work on the same project and build something together. As long as everyone understands and agrees on one goal, everyone has autonomy as to how or whether they work to further that goal.
Stratification: The creation of different classes of society and formation of hierarchy based on roles.
Supranational: Above the power of states or nations.
Systems: Interacting people, ideas, infrastructure and labour which work in a common area, similar to ministries in today’s governance. Health, transportation and housing are examples of three different systems. Systems can overlap and cooperate with each other and they have local and global levels. The global level usually acts as an epistemic community of ideas and the local level controls acceptance and rejection of ideas and implementation of them.
Systems of dissociation: Systems constructed to isolate and divide people from their basic needs or each other and their ability to collaborate. Counter-intuitively, the concepts of equality, group affiliation and collectivity are dissociative as they deny diversity and isolate those outside their defined borders. There is no outgroup without an ingroup and vice versa.
Third age of nations: A supranational empire where trade has fully abstracted the relationship between oligarchs and the people they exploit. The merchants are so powerful and their extranational society so networked, they control the states with a higher supranational form of governance and law in the form of trade agreements and treaties. Unlike power under the elite of the second age, the supranational class at the top of today’s global empire does not need to govern or be involved in any way with the divided state-societies below them. Power has become completely dissociated from governance or the well being of the people of the world.
Thought bubble: A societal group which is closed to outside thought by forum or propaganda.
Thought Leader: A communicator who acts as a Great Man.
Tribe: A first age nation barely removed from a family structure where all relationships are direct and there is little to no hierarchy or stratification.
Trade economy: An economy which values only goods and services traded to the wealthy for currency. This creates a form of approval dissociated from society and placed in the hands of the powerful.
Trade empire: One which includes an extranational merchant class and is wealthy in large part due to trade.
Trust networks: A network of people whose knowledge and judgment we rely on to help us filter information and recommend others.
Truth dictatorships: Platforms which present one view of reality as a complete ‘truth’ or ‘fact’.
Übermensch: Reference to Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of evolution to a higher level of man, except I use it as a reference to what a Great Man thinks of himself as, where Nietzsche felt he was describing what he really is.
User group: The entire population which will be affected by an action, including no one not affected. User groups range from one person to the entire world.
Vapour capital: Interest, equity, options, intellectual property and rights. Also capital as a product of class such as position, education, citizenship and connections.
Vapour wealth: Conceptual wealth, not tied to any physical property.
Witches: Sources of knowledge or innovation where the powerful do not want knowledge and innovation. Usually from wretched populations. A witch who has won acceptance occasionally becomes a Great Man.
Wretches: Those whom society has chosen not to see.