Beyond the Authoritarian Wall

In order to navigate beyond the Authoritarian wall that has so effectively blocked for thousands of years our progress toward our full potential, let's carefully consider a quote from James C Scott's Preface for Two Cheers of Anarchism, and use inductive reasoning to imagine that all arguments against such progress will be more or less closely related to this one. Let's imagine, together, right here and now, a way beyond the wall constructed by the thinking represented in this quote, and thereby imagine a way beyond the Authoritarian wall itself. Here's the quote:

"If relative equality is a necessary condition of mutuality and freedom, how can it be guaranteed except through the state? Facing this conundrum, I believe that both theoretically and practically, the abolition of the state is not an option. We are stuck, alas, with Leviathan, though not at all for the reasons Hobbes had supposed, and the challenge is to tame it. That challenge may well be beyond our reach."

We can all relate to a fear of the unknown when facing disruption of our life support structures. But we can also see the feasibility in our replacing the state by guaranteeing for ourselves everything we need when we redirect our faith/hope/trust away from authoritarian strategies/structures and toward humanity, i.e. toward our very own selves. We visualize all people participating meaningfully in replacing the state to cooperate on strategies of least work/cost/harm to meet all of our universal needs. We maintain this vision as a foundation for all thoughts, choices, and actions, processing all input (such as Scott's message) in the context, frame, or terms of our vision, so that the logic, meaning, and understanding we create for all perceptions and conceptions of observations, messages and ideas are always structured ethically/rationally. In this way, humanity utilizes its unique capacities to participate in nature's order-building process, to reach its full potential. Spectacular benefits await.

Anarchism versus Authoritarianism

Anarchism and Authoritarianism are two opposing ideals. Anarchism asserts that maximized, balanced equality and autonomy among people is natural while authoritarianism either asserts this to be unnatural, or wholly/partially denies its relevance, or only pretends its relevance.

The outcomes are that we meet our universal human needs with least work/cost/harm, i.e. reach maximum universal wellbeing, when practicing anarchism, while we create mountains of misguided strategies to meet needs, with catastrophic results, when practicing authoritarianism. The explanation for these opposing outcomes is that anarchism recognizes the truth about human nature while authoritarianism denies this truth.

The following dichotomy list details the difference between anarchism and authoritarianism. When we are able to make the connections in our minds between items in the anarchism column, and make connections in our minds between items in the authoritarianism column, and keep the two columns separate in our mind, we reach tremnedous clarity and capability to choose in support of either ideal, in all our daily activities. When we individually learn to choose positive over negative consistently then predictably entire communities, societies, and eventually the whole world can reach maximum universal wellbeing.

Philosophy Anarchism Authoritarianism
Our most important choice.
Direction of minimum work/cost/harm and maximum universal wellbeing.
All other directions.
Harm Zero Non-Zero
Help 100% Not 100%
toward life
powers virtuous circles
powers vicious circles
relies on verifiable truths
relies on false claims
Outcomes Helpful Harmful
Corruption Rejected Accepted
Faith/Hope/Trust In Humanity Authority
Breeds Hope Despair
Source of Motivation Internal External
Practices Serving Life & Meeting Universal Human Needs Domination/Exploitation
Domination Strategies None Fault/Blame
Strategies to Meet Needs Natural Aspirations
Minimizing Work/Cost/Harm
Distractions None Labels/Judgments
Prime Motivators Heart Aspirations Ego Ambitions
Resources Shared Hoarded
Information Revealed Concealed
Knowledge Shared Secret
Occupations/Skills Generalized
Production Localized Globalized
Providence Nature Authority
Nature Preserved Plundered
Agenda Solidarity Domination
Power Distributed Concentrated
Wellbeing Universal Privileged
Consideration Inclusive Exclusive
Vision Clear Confused
Ideas Connected Fragmented
Relations United Divided
Lifestyle Simplified Complicated
Societal System Simple Complex
Interaction Cooperative
Work Minimized Maximized
Consumption Minimized Maximized
The amount of commerce is inversely proportional the wellbeing of people.
Minimizing commerce enhances wellbeing.
Maximizing commerce diminishes wellbeing.
Dependence Interdependence Codependence
Campfire Make Small/Sit Close Make Big/Stand Far
Earth/Life Respect/Serve Disrespect/Exploit
Serve Life Empire
Change Permanent/Stable Temporary/Unstable
Asserting need for perpetual coherence, cooperation, peace
Asserting need for perpetual compromise, competition, conflict
Refinements of best practices guided by natural law
Cyclic rise/fall of markets/empires
A vital difference:
Non-controversial facts encourage consensus.
Controversial judgments inflame conflict.
Solicitation Request Demand
separate harmless & harmful ideas
mix harmless & harmful ideas
separate harmless & harmful things
mix harmless & harmful things
Healthcare Prevention Intervention
Love Unconditional Conditional
Anarchian Glossary

These definitions are revealed through self-observation, simplified for clarity and understanding, and assumed to apply universally. This clarity/undestanding is in turn dependent on one's clarity/understanding of the terms used in the definitions. Universal clarity/understanding and applicability/consensus are likely to provide maximum stability for progress toward our peak potential.

Universe - Everything that exists that can be conceived as a whole.

Nature - Everything in our universe that we more directly experience, in particular our Earth ecosystem.

Natural Law - Causality and constraints that determine how our universe operates, either with total predictability or quantifiable probability. Natural law is universally verifiable directly through the senses by observation or experimentation.

Life - Matter's organization of itself into living organisms, driven by the life force.

Life Force - Force transformed from energy and expressed by life toward perpetuating itself.

Life Potential - The peak of life's capacity to thrive.

Life Need - A requirement necessary for life to perpetuate itself. The quantity of available resources applied to such requirements are in balance at all times when life is perpetuating itself at its potential.

Life Purpose - Natural law programming of an organism to participate in nature's order-building process, to serve life, to thrive, to reach its potential, e.g. for a bird to fly, for a fish to swim.

Harmonizing - Collectively pursuing least-cost strategies to meet universal needs.

Parsimony - A criterion of least work/cost/harm, applied in decision-making processes. Parsimony in depth.

Homeostasis - A stable state of optimal functioning maintained by living systems through control mechanisms involving inputs, control references, and outputs.

Human Nature - Natural law regarding humanity, including not only how we work/behave but also what our needs are and what strategies meet these with least work/cost/harm. Human Nature in depth.

Human Potential - The peak of humanity's capacity to thrive.

Human Need - A requirement necessary for humanity to reach its potential. A basic account of universal human needs include, in order of priority: food/shelter, safety, love/belonging, esteem/respect, and actualization (reaching our potental).

Human Purpose - Natural law programming of a person to serve life, in order to thrive, to actualize, to reach human potential.

Priority - A placement in a list of needs ordered by a least work/cost/harm (parsimonous) fulfillment strategy.

Free Will - The ability for one to think, choose and act restricted not by another's (past or present) influence, but only by natural law. A universal life need.

Ethics - Gaining gratification from the perception of universal consensus and cooperation toward the maximum thriving of life.

Reason - Expanding conceptual/categorical knowledge by executing induction/deduction processes on observational inputs.

Safety - An absence of harm. A universal life need.

Equality - An absence of restrictions placed on the potential to meet one's needs.

Autonomy - An absence of restrictions placed on the process of meeting one's needs.

Pleasure - A physical state one is motivated to sustain.

Pain - A physical state one is motivated to terminate.

Gratification - The pleasure experienced from anticipating or manifesting the meeting of a need, and the physiological motivator to serve life, i.e. to participate in nature's order-building.

Suffering - The pain experienced from indulgence in fear.

Anticipation Gratification - The pleasure experienced from anticipating the meeting of a need.

Manifestation Gratification - The pleasure experienced from manifesting the meeting of a need.

Emotion - A lower level response creating biochemical reactions in the body altering its physical state, with only slight variations among individuals and significant similarities in many species. *

Feeling - A higher level response that is a mental association and reaction to emotions, and is subjective, or influenced by personal experience, beliefs, and memories. *

Fear - A felt response to a conceived/perceived threat to one's wellbeing and a judgment that the only recourse is to escape the threat, and a physiological reaction that raises physical strength and mental focus to achieve this objective.

Anger - A felt response to a conceived/perceived threat to one's wellbeing and a judgment that the only recourse is to banish the threat, and a physiological reaction that raises physical strength and mental focus to achieve this objective.

Sadness - A felt response to a conceived/perceived threat to one's wellbeing and a judgment that the only recourse is to shift energy away from an anger/fear response toward conservation/preservation/healing.

Happiness - A felt response to a conceived/perceived experience of wellbeing.

Conception - Creating an object in the mind.

Perception - Identifying an object through the senses.

Induction - Applying logic from a special case to a general case, like developing a hypothesis, like creating art.

Deduction - Applying logic from a general case to a special case, like utilizing a theory, like practicing science.

Faith - A belief in something, an alternative to ethics/reason, influencing thoughts, choices and actions.

Hope - A wanting for something, an alternative to ethics/reason, influencing thoughts, choices and actions.

Trust - A belief in someone, an alternative to ethics/reason, influencing thoughts, choices and actions.

Heart - The source of aspirations (anticipation gratifications) within us seeking to maximize universal wellbeing.

Ego - The source of ambitions (anticipation gratifications) within us seeking to achieve personal wellbeing at the expense of others.

Violence - Physical, mental, or spiritual activity that harms, usually motivated by anger.

Help/Harm - Order construction/desctruction.

Process - An activity refined and repeated as needed to produce a predictable outcome. A process receives input and produces output according to a formula, and may be carried out physically, mentally, or spiritually, by an individual, group, ecosystem, or universe. Processes include deriving meanings based on observations and references, and making decisions and solving problems based on observations, references, and meanings.

Entropy - The process of desconstruction of order.

Feedback - The outcome of a process feeding back into the process, amplifying the outcome. With multiple processes in a feedback loop, outcomes are maximum when equal, like a rectangle area is maximum with sides equal (square). Amplification provides for a rate of order-building to meet and exceed the natural rate of entropy.

Vicious Circle - Multiplying of negativity in thoughts, choices, and actions by frequent repetition, producing habituation/conditioning, increasing probabilities of future negativity.

Virtuous Circle - Multiplying of positivity in thoughts, choices, and actions by frequent repetition, producing habituation/conditioning, increasing probabilities of future positivity.

Value - Total benefit per total cost.

Conscious - One's awareness of the focus of one's attention.

Subconscious - One's thoughts detected only through one's feelings.

Frame - Subconscious priorities, underlying a conscious observation, giving it meaning. Exercise: Try to identify the difference between this definition and Wikipedia's and explore potential benefits of the anarchian definition: Wikipedia - In the social sciences, a frame comprises a set of concepts and theoretical perspectives on how individuals, groups, and societies, organize, perceive, and communicate about reality.

Habit - A learned/conditioned thought/action response, regularly/reliably triggered by external/internal stimulus.

Learning - Causing a stimulus to reliably trigger an anticipation gratification by associating it with a manifestation gratification.

Conditioning - Causing a stimulus to reliably trigger an anticipation gratification by associating it with another stimulus that already does so.

Heuristics - Development and application of strategies with understanding that completeness is usually impractical.

Authoritarian Glossary



















Original Sin

Humility - Feeling of appreciation in others or comparison with one's self, i.e. subconscious thought recognizing the competence of others for the purpose of mitigating guilt or countering hubris, in a way that unwittingly preserves while pretending to counter authoritarian worldviews/practices.