The following is a glossary of what I personally mean when I say these words. I realize there are many different definitions for most of them and this is not an attempt to impose my definitions as the correct ones or an invitation to debate the definitions, this is only the definition that applies 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 and usually avoid the names of things like ideologies which are sure to derail every conversation into a discussion of definitions. Let me know what’s missing.

Special Note: I have not created a political ideology called Stigmergy. Stigmergy is a method of action based collaboration, one of many methods which work under different circumstances. It is not governance.


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 balanced to allow a system where everyone can 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. 2. The use of extreme coercive force to prevent chaotic systems from living or creating change.

Butterfly: A dissociated idea which can cause a hurricane of change. Reference to the butterfly effect.

Centripetal force: Acts on dissimilar populations in egalitarian structures to create ponzi schemes of celebrity, wealth and power.

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 role created by oligarchical coercive force. 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.

Concentric circle: Peer promoted voices or ideas in a transparent, permeable structure where the ones at the centre receive the most amplification.

Currency: Abstract dissociated approval which allows access to all benefits of society without acceptance of the society’s values or norms.

Death Eaters: Members of a sociopathic society where the societal norms or culture are driven by sadism or sexual sadism disorder. 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.

Democracy: Governance by representative or direct voting systems.

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 the 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.

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.

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. At best, it is decentralized patriarchy.

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.

Idealist: Want 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.

Iron law of oligarchy: Theory of Robert Michels, “Who says organization, says oligarchy”, justification for fascism. Theory I want to disprove.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photoshopped: Erased from historical reference, usually because of selection criteria which only allows Ken dolls to be credited.

Ponzi scheme: Societal structure in which everyone tries to reach the top of 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 defending them against oppressive coercion. Disobeying every rule not personally accepted as beneficial. Rejecting all authority. Creating networks of resistance. 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.

Seductive coercion: Coercion which persuades rather than forces but can be much more powerful than force, particularly if unnoticed or acknowledged. Based on inclusion, shunning and bonding.

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 and begin progressing beyond a point of human comprehension. 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 of the forces controlling us 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 kindness, humility, sympathy, endurance, etc.

Social morality: My preference for the future. Values personal achievement and contribution to society.

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.

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 and property ownership, imposed for segregating, competing and allocating.

Stigmergy: Action based method of collaboration where people who don’t have to talk to each other or know each other work on the same project and build something together. There has to be one idea that everyone understands and agrees on as a goal but beyond that no one is the boss or telling anyone how to work or even if they should work.

Systems: Interacting people, ideas, infrastructure and labour which work in a common area. Similar to ministries in today’s governance. Health is an example of a system. Systems have local and global levels. The global usually acts as an epistemic community and the local is the acceptance and rejection of ideas and implementation of them. Systems can overlap and cooperate with each other.

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 collectiveness are dissociative as they deny diversity and isolate those outside their defined borders.

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.

Trade economy: Economy which values only goods and services traded to the wealthy for currency, a form of approval dissociated from society and placed in the hands of the powerful.

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 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.

(Kind people have stigmergically translated this article into French, and Spanish.).

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